Total Cost of the Delivery of the Budget Vote for 2009 by Minister Maiti Nkoana-Mashabane on the Function, Food and Refreshments, Venue, Entertainment, Staff and Transport

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QUESTION NO: 526

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 6 OF 10 JULY 2009

MR K S MUBU (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

Whether any function was organised to mark the occasion of the delivery of her budget vote in 2009; if so, (a) what total amount was spent on this function, (b) from which budget was the money allocated, (c) what amount was spent on (i) food and refreshments, (ii) venue, (iii) entertainment, (iv) staff and (v) transport and (d) how many persons were invited to attend this function?   NW590E

REPLY:

  1. Yes:    

This function was organised to mark the occasion of the delivery of the Minister’s Budget vote in 2009. The event was aimed at providing a platform for the Minister to engage with various audiences on issues raised in the speech to promote an understanding of South Africa’s foreign policy and the Department’s work at large. The cocktail dinner was hosted by the Minister on the same day she delivered her speech on 18 June 2009. It was held at the Parliament’s Old Assembly Dining Hall where Members of the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs, Department of International Relations & Cooperation Senior Management, Academics and Civil Society were in attendance.

Question A

The total amount of R38957.0 was spent on this event.

Question B

The money was allocated from 2009/10 Budget from Directorate Marketing within Chief Directorate: Public Diplomacy.

Question C

(i) Food and Refreshments = R 36449.10

(ii) Venue = included in the amount referred to in (i)

(iii) Entertainment = R2508.00

(iv) Support Staff =  14 officials ( Public Diplomacy and  Protocol)
Public Diplomacy R33 265.50 (S&T and Accommodation)
Protocol R12 185.25 (S&T and Accommodation)
Total = R45450.75

(v) Transport = R76 033 (Air and Ground)

Question D

Hundred and fifty people were invited to attend the function. This number included Members of the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs, Academics, Civil Society, Department of International Relations & Cooperation Senior Management and media.

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