Parliamentary Question: DTI: Travel

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802. Mr J H Steenhuisen (DA) to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry:

Whether any officials from (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him were on an official visit to Bloemfontein in (i) December 2011 and (ii) January 2012; if so, in each case, what (aa) is the (aaa) name and (bbb) position of the specified official, (bb) was the (aaa) purpose and (bbb) date of such visit and (cc) was the cost of (aaa) transport, (bbb) accommodation and (ccc) other expenses?

Yes, throughout the year officials are required to travel around the country for work. All the trips follow due processes within the department and its delegated structures. The costs of such trips are outlined in the dti’s annual audited report. The figures for December 2011 and January 2012 are in the process of being verified given that the current financial year end is on 31 March 2012. These figures will appear in the annual reports covering the period, 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012 and are public documents.
(a) In total ten officials travelled to Bloemfontein during December 2011 and January 2012. Chronologically; on the 8 December, one official attended a workshop hosted by the Provincial Government, dealing with the challenge of encouraging entrepreneurship by people with disabilities. Five SMS members, responded to an invitation by the Free State Development Corporation, to assess collaborative partnerships. The total travel and transport, accommodation and other expenses, cost for flights and accommodation for the workshop and consultative meeting, amounted to R14,714.00

On the 25 January 2011, a Deputy Director and Assistant Director conducted site visits to companies short-listed to conduct training on the Bavumile Skills Development Initiative. The total travel and transport, accommodation and other expenses cost of this working visit amounted to R13,098.00

On 30 January 2011, a Deputy Director, conducted visits to textile and clothing projects and met with the DETEA HoD. The total travel and transport, accommodation and other expenses cost of this working visit amounted to R4, 727.00

On the 31 January 2012, a trade and industry advisor undertook an inspection in terms of the BBSDP scheme in Bethlehem. The total travel and transport, accommodation and other expenses cost of this working visit amounted to R3, 501.00

Officials of two entities reporting to the Minister undertook visits to Bloemfontein during December 2011 and January 2012. The dates of the visits were the 4, 5, 19 and 20 December 2021 and 24, 25 and 27 January 2012. The purpose of the visits for the NRCS, was ongoing HR development discussions. The CEO, Acting Chair of the Board, two corporate executives, two Board members and two inspectors were part of these visits at different times. The total travel and transport, accommodation and other expenses costs available at the time of this response, amounted to R51, 526.00

Finally, two South African National Accreditation officials worked in Bloemfontein during January 2012. They are lead assessors who undertook a SANAS facility assessment on the 18 and 31 January, respectively. The total travel and transport, accommodation and other expenses cost of this working visit amounted to R5, 553.00