Cape Town – Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, has revealed that the country spent over R104 million to host the BRICS summit in Johannesburg.
The summit which was held in August, marked the third time South Africa hosted the event since it joined the bloc over a decade ago.
“The expenditure incurred by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in the hosting of the XV BRICS Summit was R104,350,405.79,” said Pandor, according to IOL.
She said this while replying to a written parliamentary question from DA MP Emma Powell.
The summit, attended by African and regional bodies, discussed the expansion of BRICS to include new members, with six countries set to join formally in January.
These new members are Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates. The next BRICS meeting will be held in Russia.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu