Responds regarding double booking of the trip to South Africa by the President of Austria and President  Zuma’s trip to France for the G20 Summit

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QUESTION NO: 3417  (NW4102E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 36-2011 OF 4 NOVEMBER 2011

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

  1. In respect of her department’s double booking of the trip to South Africa by the President of Austria and President  Zuma’s trip to France for the G20 Summit (both for 26 October 2011), (a) how did this administrative problem occur, (b) who was responsible for this error, (c) why was the commitment to the President of Austria not cancelled earlier and (d) what steps will be taken against those involved in the oversight;
  2. Whether this meeting will be rescheduled; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? 

REPLY:

  1. (a) No administrative problem occurred.  The dates for the state visit from Austria were mutually agreed and scheduled well in advance.
    (b) There was no error
    (c) The rescheduling of the state visit was mutually agreed through diplomatic channels.
    (d) No oversight was committed.

  2. The state visit has been rescheduled to a mutually convenient date through diplomatic channels.
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