PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

QUESTION NO.: 728
Date.: 16 Mar 2012

Mr N D du Toit (DA) to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:

  1. Whether the Government has contributed any financial assistance to the African Peer Review Mechanism National Programme in the past 9 financial years; if not, how was this conclusion reached; if so, what (a) amount has been contributed in each specified financial year and (b) percentage has been contributed compared to other participating countries;
  2. what is the budget in this regard for the (a) current and (b) next financial year?
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REPLY


(1) (a) The Ministry of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) serves as the custodian of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in South Africa by virtue of being the APRM National Focal Point of the Programme. The MPSA as the national Focal Point serves as the Chairman and Secretariat of the APRM National Governing Council (NGC) in the country. In line with the execution of these functions, the MPSA has an annual budget allocated for APRM related activities. The figures below reflect the financial year 2007/2008 – 2012/13 periods.

Financial Year

Budget

2007/08

R4093000.00

2008/09

R3914000.00

2009/10

R6861000.00

2010/11

R6710000.00

2011/12

R5473000.00

2012/13

R5650000.00

The above funds enable the MPSA to continue to render Secretariat services to the National General Council in fulfilling its mandate of ensuring the domestication and institutionalisation of the APRM in South Africa through coordination, stakeholder support, monitoring and evaluation of the APRM National Programme of Action (NPoA) implementation by all sectors envisaged on the programme.

(b) The South African Government further contributes to the African Peer Review Mechanism programme through rendering financial and material support to the African Union continental APRM Secretariat hosted by the country. The Host Agreement is signed between the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the African Union which stipulates the terms of engagement as well as support South Africa is expected to provide to the programme. In line with her host country obligations, South Africa, via DIRCO, contributes an annual figure of US$ 100000 total. South Africa, over and above the annual figure she contributes, there are voluntary amounts that are contributed to the APRM Continental Secretariat.

Period

Description

Amount (USD)

2003 to 31 March 2012

Total contribution by all countries

29181503.00

2003 to 31 March 2012

Total contribution by South Africa in this period

10840253.00

2003 to 31 March 2012

Percentage contribution by South Africa for this period

37.15%

Percentage contribution by South Africa is ((10840253.00 / 29181503.00) * 100)

Contribution by other APRM participating countries is attached as annexure A.

(2) The budget for the current financial year by the MPSA is R5650000.00 and the budget for the next financial year by the MPSA is projected at R6038000.00.


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