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. As such, it is the president’s prerogative to appoint heads of mission, receive foreign heads of mission, conduct state to state relations, and 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:
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: