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) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: