Nzimande's foreign trips cost R1.9m

2011-06-07 21:24

Cape Town - Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday he visited seven foreign countries last year at a cost of R1.9m.

Nzimande accompanied President Jacob Zuma on state visits to China, Russia and the United Kingdom and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on a working visit to Turkey, the minister said in reply to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance.

The first visit to the UK in March 2010 was followed up by a second visit in May "to build on agreements reached during the state visit", he said.

In March, Nzimande also travelled to Germany for talks on skills development and to Austria to take part in the Bologna Policy Forum, which is aimed at ensuring coherent higher education systems in Europe.

Nzimande said the cost to the taxpayer needed to be "measured against the benefits arising from these visits".

These included strengthened collaboration between South African and international universities "particularly in the UK with Warrick and the University of Surrey" and receiving technical assistance from the British Council and German higher education institutions.

He said his visit to China resulted in Beijing pledging R200m for the refurbishment of South Africa's further education and training colleges and paying for 19 scholarships for the current academic year.

Generally, the visits served to review international practices and policies on higher education.

Nzimande said he spent a total of 32 days abroad and was accompanied by four to five officials on each visit.

  • Schalk - 2011-06-07 22:17

    Economy class return ticket: R15 000 Reasonable hotel costs: R1 000 per night Average living expenses: R500 per day 4 visits with 4 officials for 32 days: R540 000 Supersizing everything to blow the remaining R1 360 000: Priceless!

      Thangy - 2011-06-08 13:32

      Classy Communist

  • BigD - 2011-06-08 05:32

    That money could be better spent in SA schooling structures. After all the signings etc, what does that do for the poor school children. Nothing.

  • Esperanza - 2011-06-08 07:48

    Wow seems like China is "sponsoring" everything in New China, sorry I mean South Africa these days

  • Makutu - 2011-06-08 08:31

    LOL! So much for being a communist. Communist leaders are the worst hypocrites ever! Communism doesn't work. Simple as that. Capitalism is not perfect, but it is ast least profitable. Communism leads to racism and it is not profitable. Corruption is not easily detectable in a communist environment. I hope that these SACP guys read about Eastern European history and where communism landed them.

  • - 2011-06-08 08:40

    Why go to all that trouble? Just have a look at pre-1994 practices and policies. It actually worked until the ANC came and fcked everything up.

  • Grey B - 2011-06-08 09:23

    I actually agree with Blade. If the expense was worth it, do it. i have a problem with unjustified spending though, which i read about a lot.

      GDR - 2011-06-08 09:49

      R1.9m for 32 days abroad? Grey B catch a wake up. - 2011-06-08 09:58

      Compared to the sums of money being stolen on a daily basis by the goverment of SA, then R1.9million is pocket change

      Grey B - 2011-06-08 12:00

      I agree 1.9m is a lot. What i am saying is, if it is justifiable do it. ie if we gat a Billion $ deal because of it, Do it! It is easy to look at one sum of money, but is the return worth the investments. Dont get me wrong, I hate money wasting, let us just be objective as well. If we dont have these trips we might not have international relations

      Worldwise - 2011-06-08 13:19

      @ Grey B. "If we dont have these trips we might not have international relations" Please take note that some of those trips were to countries of the West that the ANC treats as hostile but is not averse to holding the begging bowl to. You call that international relations. Time to catch a wake up.

  • Barry - 2011-06-08 10:20

    Eish Dis lekker by die see

  • TheSteve - 2011-06-08 11:18

    Just under R12,000 per day per person, asuming 5 People including the minister. A bit heavy I think.

      DeonL - 2011-09-09 15:56

      Yes it is too much, did they stay in all the top hotels?

  • Ruperdo - 2011-06-08 11:18

    JULLE FOKKEN MORS ONS GELD...............

  • Kenko - 2011-06-08 11:24

    First, they went overseas and came back with the least effective schooling system of all; OBE. They fckd up a totally working educational system and now goes on the same trips to bring back... what? It seems they are screwing up on purpose only to "invetigate" and "fact find" and "seek assistance" at the expense of millions. It's one long holiday, paid for by the taxpayers if you ask me

  • sollymalete - 2011-09-09 15:38

    Please foreign countries last year at a cost of with ...A gain of R200M (visit to China resulted in Beijing pledging R200m for the refurbishment of South Africa's further education and training colleges and paying for 19 scholarships for the current academic year.that benefit SA) I dont see any issued with that mybe people need to think outside the Box ???

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