QUESTION NO. 2487
2487. The Leader of the Opposition (DA) to ask the President of the Republic:
(1) (a) Which (i) members of Cabinet, (ii) members of the Public Service and (iii) persons who were not members of the Cabinet formed part of the delegation on the recent state visit to China and (b) what were the specified interests of each person with regard to the visit;
(2) (a) what was the total cost of the visit and (b) what was the cost for him and each Cabinet member for (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, (iii) security, (iv) entertainment and (v) other specified expenses;
(3) what were the intended outcomes of the visit?
(4)whether job creation initiatives were discussed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
1 (a) i The following Members of Cabinet accompanied the President:
Minister in the Presidency: Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Mr. C Chabane,
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms T Joemat-Petersson,
Minister of Correctional Services, Ms N Mapisa-Nqakula,
Minister of Economic Development, Mr. E Patel,
Minister of Energy, Ms D Peters,
Minister of Higher Education, Dr. B Nzimande,
Minister of Home Affairs, Dr. N Dlamini Zuma,
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane,
Minister of Mineral Resources, Ms S Shabangu
Minister of State Security; Dr S Cwele
Minister of Tourism, Mr. M van Schalkwyk,
Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr R Davies,
Minister of Transport, Mr. S Ndebele,
Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms B Sonjica,
ii Members of the Public Service included the Directors-General of:
International Relations; Water and Environmental Affairs; Tourism; Trade and Industry; Transport; Energy; the National Commissioner of Correctional Services and other support staff from the respective Departments.
iii In addition to the members of the Public Service who accompanied the President, the President was also accompanied by his spouse, Mrs. Thobeka Zuma and a business delegation constituted by the Department of Trade and Industry in consultation with Business Unity South Africa.
(b) Certain Ministers co-signed Memoranda of Understanding with their counterparts, whilst others engaged their counterparts on bilateral issues to take forward our cooperation in these areas. Officials were providing support and advice to their Political Principals, as well as engaging their counterparts on technical and/ or expert discussions. The President’s spouse was in attendance in order to support the President in the execution of his duties. The business delegation was invited in order to encourage and promote economic co-operation between South Africa and China. Business people and organisations also joined the delegation so as to look for new opportunities or further their interests in China.
(2) Information pertaining to the individual Cabinet Members expenditure (travel, accommodation, security, entertainment and other specifics) of the visit should be obtained from each relevant Cabinet Minister. The cost of the visit for the Presidency is not yet available as accounts are still being processed.
(3) The intended outcome of the State Visit was to strengthen the South-south cooperation with the objective of deepening and broadening the current bilateral relations to a new Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between South Africa and China.
(4) The broad Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) framework that was co-signed by the Presidents of both countries provides for job creation initiatives. Sixteen major business contracts were signed between SA and Chinese companies. Since China is now the second largest economy in the world, the CSP between SA and China has placed future economic relations on a sound basis that could greatly contribute to job creation and poverty alleviation.