Information on the accommodation at international and domestic Hotels for a certain Ambassador during the period 12 September 2008 to 2 July 2009

QOUTE

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

 FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 808

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 08 OF 23 MARCH 2010

Mr D J Maynier (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

(a) At how many (i) international and (ii) domestic hotels was a certain ambassador (name furnished) accommodated during the period 12 September 2008 to 2 July 2009, (b) in respect of each hotel, what was the (i) hotel name, (ii) hotel star rating, (iii) location, (iv) duration of the stay and (v) the purpose of the stay and (c) what is the (i) total cost of accommodation and (ii) breakdown of cost of accommodation? (NW941E)

Reply:

(a) The Ambassador was accommodated at (i) 34 international and (ii) 3 domestic hotels during the period 12 September 2008 until 2 July 2009.

(b) Attached, is an outline, in respect of each hotel, of the (i) hotel name, (ii) hotel star rating, (iii) location, (iv) duration of the stay, and (v) the purpose of stay.

(c) The (i) total cost of accommodation amounted to R 426,564.68, and the (ii) breakdown of the cost of accommodation is included in the attached outline.

UNQOUTE

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION: 12 SEPTEMBER 2008 – 2 JULY 2009


Date/s of visits

Country

Purpose

Hotel

Rates in  Foreign Currency

Rates in ZA Rands

2008          

16-19 September

Washington

Attended meetings at US State Department, Brookings Institute, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, representatives from Republicans and Democrats, Washington DC, 16-19 September 2008

Mandarin Hotel
5 star
3 nights

2848.00
USD

22613.12
(rate: 7.94)

19-27 September

New York

Accompanied Minister Dlamini Zuma to UN General Assembly  meetings in New York

Ritz-Carlton Hotel
5 star
8 nights

14360.00
USD

114880.00
(rate: 8.00)

28 September to 8 October

Vienna

To attend the IAEA Board of Governors meeting – Consultations on IAEA DG Candidature

Intercontinental Hotel
5 star
10 nights

Euro
3139.50

37234.47
(rate: 11.86)

8-10 October

London

Attended meetings at the UK Foreign Ministry

Royal Horse guards Hotel
5 star
2 nights

491.15
Pounds

7583.36
(rate:15.44)

10-14 October

Vienna

Consultations on IAEA DG Candidature

Intercontinental Hotel
5 star
4 nights

Euro
1277.5

15151.15
(rate: 11.86)

14-16
October
New Delhi Attended meetings at the Indian Foreign Ministry and attended IBSA Summit Hotel Le Meridien
5 star
2 nights
INR 26000 5460
(rate: 0.21)

16-19 October

 

Mumbai

Attended meetings at the Atomic Energy Commission of India

Guest House of AEC of India

No Cost

19-22 October

Vienna

Consultations on IAEA DG Candidature

Intercontinental Hotel
5 star
3 nights

Euro
1297.62

16635.48
(rate: 12.82 as at 31.10.08)

22-27 October Cotonou Accompanied President Motlanthe for the African Peer Review Summit

Benin Marina Hotel
(no rating)

5 nights

Euro

394.84

5002.62

(rate: 12.67)

27-29 October

Vienna

Consultations on IAEA DG Candidature

Intercontinental Hotel
5 star
2 nights

Euro
798.68

10239.07
(rate: 12.82 as at 31.10.2008)

15-18 November

Ethiopia

Attended the 36th meeting of the NEPAD Steering Committee and 11th African Partnership Forum from 16-18 November 2008

Sheraton Hotel
5 star
4 nights

667.07
USD

6010.30
(rate: 9.01)

25-26 November

Moscow

Meeting with Deputy Minister Sergey Ryabkov  to discuss Ambassador’s candidature

Marriott Grand Hotel
5 star
1 night

644.81
EUR

8182.64
(rate: 12.69)

           
2009          

16-18 January

RSA – Cape Town

Attended bilateral talks during the visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister, Hermanus, 16-17 January 2009

Townhouse Hotel
4 stars
2 nights

R725.00

1450.00

18-21 January

Buenos Aires

Attended meetings at the Argentinean Foreign Ministry

Marriot Plaza
5 stars
3 nights

1032.55

 

10263.55
(rate: 9.94)

21-23 January

Brasilia

 

Consultations with Government officials during the campaign

Melia Brasil 21
5 stars
2 nights

RS 554.50
(equal to ZAR2364.57)

4729.04

23-27 January

London

Heads of Mission Conference & meeting with Dept. of Energy & Climate Change

Royal Horseguards Hotel
5 Stars
4 nights

1160.00 (Pounds)

16100.80
(Rate.13.88)

27-28 January

Berne, Switzerland

Discuss candidature for the position of DG of the IAEA and related matters

Innerre Enge
4 star
1 night

CHF 256.06

 

2181.63
(rate 8.52)

29 January to
4 February

Ethiopia

Attended, in support of the President and Minister,  the 20th NEPAD Heads of State & Government Implementation Committee Summit (HSGIC), 10th African Peer Review Forum (APRF) and 12th AU Summit

Sheraton Addis
5 Star
4 nights

2888.61

28683.90
(rate: 9.93

5-6 February Madrid Attended meetings at the Spanish Foreign Ministry

Intercontinental Hotel
5 star

1 night

Euro

310.30

4015.28

(rate: 12.94)

8-10
February

Turkey
Ankara

Attended meetings at the Turkish Foreign Ministry

Sheraton Hotel
5 Star
1 night

856.48
TRY

5036.10
(rate: 5.88)

10-11 February

Bucharest

Attended meetings at the Romanian Foreign Ministry

Athenee Palace Hilton
4 Star
1 night

Euro
295.49

3693.63
(rate: 12.50)

11-13 February

Helsinki

Attended meetings at the Finnish Foreign Ministry

Hilton Scandic
 4 star
2  nights

Euro
391.75

5053.58
(rate: 12.89)

13-14 February

Vilnius

Attended meetings at the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry

Hotel Radisson
5 star
1 night

Euro
154

1983.52
(rate: 12.88

15-17  February

Riyad

Attended meetings at the Saudi Foreign Ministry

Inter Continental Hotel
5 star
2 nights

3283.25
Riyals

6336.67
(rate: 1.93 – Riyals)

18-19 February RSA – Cape Town Attended bilateral meetings between Minister Dlamini Zuma and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Cape Town on 19 February 2009

Table Bay Hotel
5 star

2 nights
R2505.00 5010.00

23-25
February

Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Attended meetings at the Malaysian Foreign Ministry

Grand Millennium
5 Star
2 nights

MYR 954.50

2624.88
(rate: 2.75)

25-26 February

Manila

Attended meetings at the Foreign Ministry of the Philippines

Intercontinental
5 star
1 night

251.00
USD

R2635.50
(rate: 10.50)

6-7 March London Attended meetings with Dr Ntsaluba, Director-General at the UK Foreign Ministry

Royal Horseguards hotel
5 star

1 night

250.00

Pounds

3695

(rate: 14.78)

8-11 March 2009

Beijing

 

Attended meetings at the Chinese Foreign Ministry

Western Beijing Chaoyang
5 star
2 nights

5175.00
RMB

7089.75
(rate: 1.37)

12-13 March

London

Attended meetings with Minister Dlamini Zuma at UK Foreign Ministry

Royal Horseguards Hotel
5 star
1 night

250.00
Pounds

3520.00
(rate:14.08)

18-22 March

RSA – Cape Town

Attended comprehensive briefing on SA nuclear programme and visit nuclear related facilities in Cape Town for IAEA Governors

Table Bay Hotel
5 star
4 nights

R3283.00

13132.00

16-20 April

Venice

Attended the G8-NEPAD meeting and 12th Africa Partnership Forum (APF)

Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal
4 star
4 nights

Euro
1560

18080.40
(rate:11.59)

23-24
April

Rome

Attended meeting on behalf of Minister Dlamini Zuma hosted by  Foreign Ministry to prepare for G8 Summit

Boscolo Hotel Exedra
5 star
1 night

Euro
265.00

3071.35
(rate: 11.59)

28-29 April

London

Attended the reception for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace

Royal Horseguards Hotel
5 Star
1 night

201.01
Pounds

2572.80
(rate: 12.82)

2-6 May

New York

To attend the NPT PrepCom  meeting and other meetings at the UN

Millennium UN Plaza Hotel
4 star
4 nights

1584.00
USD

13353.12
(rate: 8.43)

21-23 May

London

Attended the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Conferences at South Africa House to mark the 75th anniversary of SAIIA

Royal Horseguards Hotel
5 star
2 nights

402.00
Pounds

5254.14
(rate: 13.07)

17-18 June

London

50th Anniversary of AAM (London) Event, organised by the Prime Minister of the UK

Royal Horseguards Hotel
5 Star
1 night

201.00
Pounds

2635.11
(rate: 13.11)

25-27 June

London

Addressed the meeting to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement at South Africa House

Royal Horseguards Hotel
5 star
2 nights

402.00
Pounds

5370.72
(rate: 13.36)

       

TOTAL

R426,564.68


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