International Relations and Cooperation

National Department Budget for 2015-16

Vote purpose

Formulate, coordinate, implement and manage South Africa’s foreign policy and international relations programmes.

Mandate

According to the Constitution, the president is ultimately responsible for the foreign policy and international relations of South Africa. It is the president’s prerogative to appoint heads of mission, to receive foreign heads of mission, to conduct state to state relations, and to negotiate and sign all international agreements. International agreements that are not of a technical, administrative or executive nature will only bind the country after being approved by Parliament, which also approves the country’s ratification of or accession to multilateral agreements. All international agreements must be tabled in Parliament for information purposes.

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation is entrusted with the formulation, promotion, execution and daily conduct of South Africa’s foreign policy.

The department’s overall mandate is to work for the realisation of South Africa’s foreign policy objectives. This is done by:

  • coordinating and aligning South Africa’s international relations

  • monitoring developments in the international environment

  • communicating government’s policy positions

  • developing and advising government on policy options, and creating mechanisms and avenues for achieving objectives

  • protecting South Africa’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

  • contributing to the creation of an enabling international environment for South African businesses

  • sourcing developmental assistance

  • assisting South African citizens abroad.

Budgeted spending by sub-programme for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.

Administration
International Cooperation
International Relations
International Transfers
Public Diplomacy and Protocol Services

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.

Administration
International Cooperation
International Relations
International Transfers
Public Diplomacy and Protocol Services

Budgeted spending by programme for Economic Classification items

Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.

Capital - Payments for capital assets
Current - Current payments
Current - Transfers and subsidies
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