Formulate, coordinate, implement and manage South Africa’s foreign policy and
international relations programmes.
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
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, 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 Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.
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.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.
The Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.
These charts show changes to the spending plans originally published in the Estimates of National Expenditure. Details of these changes are published in the Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure.
Total adjustment to the original budget for this department.
Changes to planned spending between categories within this department.
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:
Compare the adjusted appropriation to the main appropriation to see whether changes were made in the adjustments budget to the appropriations set out in the budget. The audited outcome shows what was actually spent.
Note: Direct charges against the National Revenue Fund are excluded.
Read more in the Annual Report on the department's website.
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
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