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.

The Budget Cycle
Plan

2015-16 Budget

The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.

Programme budgets for 2015-16

A department's programmes are the activities that it spends money on during the financial year. Different programmes have different expenditure budgets, depending on their requirements and available finances. More detail on the programmes is available in the department's Estimates of National Expenditure documents.

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

2015-16 Adjusted Budget

The Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.

Budget changes in the Adjusted Budget

Total adjustments
14.3%

Total adjustment to the original budget for this department.

Value of virements
0.0%

Changes to planned spending between categories within this department.

Adjustments by type
Total adjustments by economic classification
Total adjustments by programme
Implement
Please note
Implementation data coming soon
Review

Planned compared to historical expenditure

Budgeted and actual expenditure/allocations for a department can increase or decrease from year to year. Changes in expenditure for a department can be because of changes in the activities of the department, because of changes in priorities between departments, because of cost efficiencies or because of increases in the price of goods and services due to inflation.

The chart shows the department’s actual expenditure for past years, and budgeted expenditure for the current year and the upcoming three years of the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF). By adjusting these numbers to take inflation into account, it is possible to determine if a department’s expenditure is really increasing or decreasing in real terms, as compared to the rest of the economy.

Previous financial years indicate actual expenditure while upcoming financial years indicate estimated expenditure:

Year Phase
2011-12 Audited Outcome
2012-13 Audited Outcome
2013-14 Audited Outcome
2014-15 Adjusted appropriation
2015-16 Main appropriation
2016-17 Medium Term Estimates
2017-18 Medium Term Estimates

Budgeted and Actual Expenditure comparison

Compare the Adjusted Appropriation to the Main Appropriation to see how the spending plans changed during the year. The Audited Outcome then shows what was actually spent.

Note: Direct charges against the National Revenue Fund are excluded

Main Appropriation
Adjusted Appropriation
Final Appropriation
Audited Outcome

Budgeted and Actual Expenditure comparison by Programme

Compare the amount of budget allocated to each of this deparment’s programmes at each phase in the process leading up to the Audited Outcome

Main Appropriation
Adjusted Appropriation
Final Appropriation
Audited Outcome
Administration
International Transfers
Public Diplomacy and Protocol Services
International Cooperation
International Relations
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