Name, Purpose and Logistical Information of the Venue in Somerset West the Department’s State of the Nation Conference was held

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QUESTION NO: 252 (NW274E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2-2012 OF 17 FEBRUARY 2012

Mr R A P Trollip (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

(a) What is the name of the venue in Somerset West where her department’s state of the nation conference was held, (b) what were the costs in respect of (i) venue hire, (ii) catering, (iii) security, (iv) transportation and (v) accommodation, (c) how many guests attended and (d) what was the purpose of the conference? NW274E

REPLY:

A) The name of the venue in Somerset West where the Minister’s Annual Dinner was held is Vergelegen Wine Estate

B) Costs in respect of

  1. venue hire (R50,000)
  2.  catering  (R 294, 700)

were covered through sponsorship. The Department did not incur any costs in this respect.

There was no additional cost for security or transportation as the guests accommodated themselves and no additional amount was paid for security.

C) 800 guests attended

D) The banquet takes place after the Opening of Parliament and the President’s State of the Nation Address and is hosted in honour of the Diplomatic Corps.  This event affords the Minister and her guests, in particular the Diplomatic Corps, the opportunity to reflect on the President’s State of the Nation address and discuss the year ahead. The Minister also uses this platform to thank and acknowledge the Diplomatic Corps for their continued diplomatic partnership with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and South Africa as a whole.

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