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Parliament Questions and Replies for 2012

Date Title
2012/12/07 Displacements or deaths of the SANDF personnel as a result of the rebel warriors’ advancements into Goma and other war-torn areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
2012/12/07 Position by the South African Government on the situation between Israel and Palestine
2012/12/07 South Africa’s support for Eritrea and consideration into the deep-rooted factors underlying the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea
2012/12/07 South African peacekeeping personnel involvement in the Democratic Republic of Congo
2012/12/07 Provision of Electoral Assistance by the South African Government to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 2011-2012 Financial Year
2012/12/05 Sponsorship or promotion by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation or its entities of any events and promotions hosted by The New Age newspaper since its establishment
2012/12/05 Amount of copies printed and cost of each Annual Report that was produced by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and its entities for the 2011-12 Financial Year
2012/12/05 Submission by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of its report to the Central Drug Authority (CDA) for the 2011-12 Annual Report
2012/12/05 Discussions between Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her counterparts in Brussels regarding the European Union’s decision not to grant South Africa a waiver and to prevent insurance companies from underwriting Iranian shipments
2012/12/05 Whereabouts of President of Madagascar, Mr Marc Ravalomanana, in South Africa; and when will he return to Madagascar to participate in the Presidential elections
2012/12/05 Advertisements by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and its entities in The New Age since the inception of the newspaper
2012/12/05 Report on the unauthorised expenditure by the Department on International Relations and Cooperation of R98,31 million for the 2006-07 Financial Year
2012/12/05 Reasons for the South African Government’s call for the reform of the United Nations organs - the Security Council, and the details of the structural changes that the Government is calling for
2012/12/05 Steps by the South African Government to ensure that the Government of Zimbabwe sets and adheres to an election date and meets the overall targets of the Global Political Agreement
2012/12/05 Summons issued by the Ugandan Government for the Chief Executive and other Directors of a company to appear in court for tax evasion
2012/11/20 Subscription to The New Age (TNA) Newspaper by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
2012/11/15 Submission by the Accounting Officer of the Annual Financial Statements for the Financial Year ending 31 March 2012 and submission of the Annual Report and Financial Statements to Parliament
2012/11/12 Position of the South African Government in respect of the 85-year sentence handed down by the Swaziland Government to activist Amos Mbedzi
2012/11/12 Total Expenditure Amount on Senior Management personnel within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
2012/11/12

Investigation by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation into the conduct of two Ambassadors in the allegations relating to the attempt by MTN Group (LTD) to secure a second mobile operating licence in the Islamic Republic of Iran

2012/11/12

Funds from African Renaissance and International Co-operation Fund (ARF) allocated to various programs in Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and assistance to Cuba

2012/11/12

Proposals by the South African Government to continue to drive with other member states to strengthen the African Union further in pursuit of a better Africa

2012/11/12

Main obstacles  for a transformed Global Governance System with reference to the United Nations Security Council in giving credence to UN proclamation of the equality of nations

2012/11/12 Steps taken by the South African Government to bring about a resolution to the conflict in Syria
2012/11/12 African Union Issues on gender; divide between humanitarian and development agendas; and the economic growth in allowing Africa to achieve the Millennium Goals
2012/11/12 Steps taken on matters of emphasis in the Unqualified Opinion of the Auditor-General in the 2011 - 2012 Financial Year
2012/11/05 Agreement between the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and President Rajoelina of Madagascar regarding a certain person who took refuge to the South African Embassy
2012/10/22 Contracts awarded to a Company by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation since its establishment in 1996 and the total accumulative value of the Tender
2012/10/17 Notification by the United Nations (UN) of the UN Monitoring Group Report to the South Africa Government regarding private security firms operating in Somalia; and the Government cooperation with the UN investigations
2012/10/17 Hosting of End-of-the-Year Parties by the Ministry and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
2012/10/17 Reasons for the recent recall of an Ambassador
2012/10/17 Status on the investigation into the allegations against an Ambassador by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
2012/10/03 Private Security Firms utilised by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation or its entities reporting to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
2012/09/21 Signing of Cooperative Agreements by South Africa with countries that enforce capital punishment
2012/09/19 Performance Agreement of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation signed with the President in 2010 - what outcomes have been measured and what follow-up steps have been taken with regard to each outcome
2012/09/14 The views expressed by Minister Mashabane’s Deputy Minister, discouraging South Africans from visiting Israel.
2012/09/12 Aid Disbursements under the African Renaissance and International Co-operation Fund, and the monitoring and evaluation of the related projects by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
2012/09/11 Payment by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to suppliers and service providers within the 30 day payment period as specified by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Act 1 of 1999
2012/08/23 Steps by the Government to ensure a peaceful transition Syria after the resignation of Mr Kofi Annan as UN Special Envoy to Syria and his acknowledgement that diplomacy failed as a measure to bring about peace
2012/08/23 Steps by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation to ensure that the principles of multilateralism and reform are upheld in engagements on global economic and developmental challenges through South Africa’s membership of the IBSA and BRICS fora
2012/08/23 Establishment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Customs Union as envisaged with the establishment of the SADC Free-Trade Agreement in 2008 and cost of the SADC Customs Union
2012/08/23 Commitments by Developed Countries to the drastic reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Sustainable Implementation
2012/08/21 Budgets of Entities, which report to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, for Financial Donations or Sponsorships in the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 Financial Years
2012/08/21 Investigation by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation regarding Allegations of Bribery and Trading in Influence against a certain Person in respect of a certain Group
2012/08/20 Air-conditioned Offices at the South African Embassy in Paris
2012/08/20 Official DIRCO Programme: Saldanha Industrial Development Zone (lDZ), with respect to the Public Participation Programme (PPP) hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on 20 March 2012 at Saldanha and St Helena
2012/08/16 Attendance of the 2012 Olympic Games by the Minister and the Deputy Ministers of the Department on International Relations and Cooperation
2012/07/27 Full details of internationally accepted protocol for visiting heads of state and government
2012/07/26 State of South African Diplomatic Relations with the State of Israel, the reduction in contact with Israel, and the Visit by a MEC of the Western Cape Province to Israel
2012/07/19 Amount spent by the Department International Relations and Cooperation on Catering; and Entertainment during the Financial Years for 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12; and since 1 April 2012
2012/07/13 The date the current Director-General of the department was appointed
2012/07/11 Traffic fines incurred with regard to official vehicles and the amount in fines incurred in respect of each specified vehicle
2012/07/11 Status on the aid the Government is providing for countries.
2012/07/11 The release of the report of the High Level Expert Group on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Customs Union.
2012/07/11 Progress made in establishing a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Customs Union, and the objective reaffirmed at the SADC summit in August 2010.
2012/07/10 Detailed departmental investigation of the allegations of an Ambassador who traded in influence and received payment.
2012/07/10 Bilateral and multilateral agreements that were signed since 1994 and were no in force on 3 May 2012 because of having lapsed in terms of the agreement and because of not having approved by the National Executive by means of a Presidential Minute and submitted to Parliament for approval.
2012/07/10

Zimbabwe's position to conduct free and fair elections under the current circumstances.

2012/06/19 Performance Evaluations, Monitoring, Evaluation Criteria; and Development and Coaching Programmes for Ambassadors by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
2012/06/19 Minimum Criteria for Candidates nominated for Ambassadorial Appointments by the Department on International Relations and Cooperation
2012/06/11 Training of Staff Members at Embassies and Consulates to promote the Tourism Industry in South Africa
2012/06/11 Declaration of Interests by South African Ambassadors, Process followed to Review the Declarations; and the Authority in Charge of overseeing the Process
2012/06/11 Staff Members, structure and functions of the Internal Audit Unit within the Department; whether the Audit Committee considers the Internal Audit Reports; and whether the Minister holds Meetings to discuss the Internal Reports and their Findings
2012/06/11 Monitoring by South Africa of the Conditions agreed upon by Swaziland in the Loan Agreement with South Africa regarding fiscal reform; and the promotion of democracy, social development, human rights and good governance
2012/05/29 Achievement of Objectives in the Financial Years for 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
2012/05/18 Information on Yearly Rental of the previous and current Premises of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation; as well as information on Tenders prior to the Leasing of the current Premises
2012/05/18 Apology by the South African Government to Nigeria for its Decision to deport its Citizens; as well as the impact on the Diplomatic Relations between South Africa and Nigeria
2012/05/18 Payment of Instalments by the South African Government's proposed R2.5 billion Rescue Grant to Swaziland since reply to Question 293 on 6 March 2012
2012/04/25 Plans by South Africa, as part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to address the upcoming National Elections in Zimbabwe
2012/04/19 Meeting between the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and the Internal Audit Committee in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 Financial Years
2012/04/17 Official Visit by Officials of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and other Entities to Bloemfontein during December 2011 and January 2012
2012/04/17 Use of Diplomatic Channels by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation to secure the release of the South African hostages, Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz, held hostage since 29 October 2010
2012/04/10 Change in South Africa’s Bilateral Policy Agreement due to the Political Change in The Kingdom of Lesotho
2012/04/03 Promises made following the Sri Lanka’s armed conflict; Governmental assistance to Sri Lanka with accountability, truth and reconciliation; Governmental support for the establishment of an Independent International War Crimes Inquiry to investigate the Civil War
2012/04/03 Influence of the Developments in the Region when Iraq assumes the Arab League Presidency in March 2012; and whether South Africa intends to establish a Mission in Iraq
2012/03/29 Government intentions on supporting Sanctions against Iran, Disinvestment of South African Companies who are invested in Iran, and if the Government will review its Diplomatic Relations with Iran with regard to the mounting Nuclear Production and stifling of Human Rights
2012/03/22 Intention of the Department to establish a Diplomatic Mission in Iraq
2012/03/22 Expenditure by the Department for the Accommodation, Transport, Protocol, and Entertainment for the Heads of State and other Dignitaries who attended the African National Congress’s Celebration in Mangaung
2012/03/14 Investigation into the Allegations that a Company encouraged the Government to take a favourable position on Iran’s Nuclear Development Programme
2012/03/07 South African engagement in Discussions with Players and Nations at the United Nations regarding the voting on a Resolution of the United Nations to pave way for Peaceful Transition and quell Human Rights Violations concerning Syria and other Arab League Nations
2012/03/07 Awareness by the Minister of a growing Trend by African Countries to secure South African Farmers for Agricultural Projects and Commercial Farming in their respective Countries
2012/03/07 Governmental promotion and advancement of the recognition of the Indigenous People of the Republic of South Africa who are registered as Indigenous Groups on the Government’s Database as defined by the United Nations
2012/03/07 South African solidarity with the People of Swaziland in their quest for the Democratisation of their State; and Agreements on Economic and Political Reforms as contained in the draft MoU
2012/03/07 South African Government recognition of Somalia as a Sovereign State, Official Government Exchanges or Direct Relations with the current ruling Regime; and South Africa’s contribution to the Developments in Somalia
2012/03/06 Advancement of Financial Bail-out Loan by the Government of South Africa to the Swaziland Government and the Encouragement for Democratic Reforms in Swaziland
2012/03/06 Deputy Ministers travelling by Helicopter in the period 1 January to 31 August 2011
2012/03/01 Government’s Position with regard to the Criminalisation of Homosexuality and Death Penalty for the Citizens of certain in African States; and Steps to be taken to lobby the United Nations Human Rights Council in light of its 2011 Resolution requesting a Study on Discrimination and Sexual Orientation
2012/03/01 Name, Purpose and Logistical Information of the Venue in Somerset West the Department’s State of the Nation Conference was held
2012/03/01 Departmental support of the Call by President Robert Mugabe and the ZANU-PF to hold Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Zimbabwe this year
2012/03/01 Government recognition of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the disputed Election Results in November 2011
2012/03/01 Findings of the Investigation and Report by a Law Firm against the previous Senior Management as reported in the Busness Day on 23 January 2012
2012/03/01 Governmental use of Diplomatic Instruments to prevent continued Violations of Human Rights by the ZANU-PF
2012/03/01 Zimbabwean Constitution Drafting Teams are Two Years behind Schedule, and whether Elections will be held in Zimbabwe before the initial Deadline of June 2013
2012/03/01 Benefits received from the Agreement, in line with the Objectives of the African Agenda, to pursue Economic and Investment Opportunities in the new Republic of South Sudan; and Agreements during the Outcome of Bilateral Exchanges during Visit to the Republic of South Sudan in October 2011
2012/03/01 Status on the Change of Diplomacy and Policy Direction with regard to Negotiations in Zimbabwe
2012/03/01 Government’s Official Position with regard to the Resignation of Mr Mohamed Nasheed on 07 February 2012, as the President of the Maldives; and any relevant Statements in this regard
2012/03/01 Government's Position on the Doha Agreement on the Palestinian Unity Government, and the Role in International Forums it intends to play to sustain the Palestinian Unity and the Palestinian Cause
2012/03/01 Uniqueness of the Outcome of the Durban Climate Change Conference (COP17) with reference to previous Climate Change Conferences
2012/03/01 How the Government handled the Situation regarding the Inability of the 18th Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa in January 2012 to elect a Candidate for the Position of Chairperson of the AU Commission which caused a Western and Southern Africa divide
   
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