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.

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