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.
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
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 Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.
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.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.
The Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.
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:
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year:
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