Communications

National Department Budget for 2015-16

Vote purpose

Create an enabling environment for the provision of inclusive communication services to all South Africans in a manner that promotes socioeconomic development and investment through broadcasting, new media, print media and other new technologies, and brand the country locally and internationally.

Mandate

The reorganisation of some national departments, announced by the president in May 2014, included a reconstituted Ministry of Communications, which will be responsible for overarching communications policy and strategy, information dissemination and publicity, and the branding of the country abroad. Improved communication and marketing will promote an informed citizenry and also assist the country to promote investments, economic growth and job creation. The department is guided by Section 192 of the Constitution which provides for the independence of broadcasting regulation in the public interest, the International Telecommunications Union and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, among others.

The department is responsible for the administration and implementation of the following legislation:

  • Films and Publications Act (1996)

  • Broadcasting Act (1999)

  • Media Development and Diversity Agency Act (2002)

  • Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act (2000) – joint responsibility with the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

  • Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2002) – joint responsibility with the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

  • Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2005) – joint responsibility with the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

The department is also responsible for the oversight of its entities.

The Budget Cycle
Plan

2015-16 Budget

The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.

Programme budgets for 2015-16

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 documents.

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Budgeted spending by sub-programme for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.

Administration
Communications Policy, Research and Development
Entity Oversight
Industry and Capacity Development

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.

Administration
Communications Policy, Research and Development
Entity Oversight
Industry and Capacity Development

Budgeted spending by programme for Economic Classification items

Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.

Capital - Payments for capital assets
Current - Current payments
Current - Transfers and subsidies
Implement

2015-16 Adjusted Budget

The Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.

Please note
The adjusted budget documents are not available yet on vulekamali.gov.za
Review

Budgeted and Actual Expenditure

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:

Year Phase
2011-12 Audited Outcome
2012-13 Audited Outcome
2013-14 Audited Outcome
2014-15 Adjusted appropriation
2015-16 Main appropriation
2016-17 Medium Term Estimates
2017-18 Medium Term Estimates

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