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 Department of Communications is responsible for overarching communications
policy and strategy, information dissemination and publicity, and the branding
of South Africa. Improved communication and marketing will promote an informed
citizenry and assist in promoting investments, economic growth and job
creation. The department’s mandate is derived from 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.
The department is responsible for the administration and implementation of the
the Films and Publications Act (1996)
the Broadcasting Act (1999)
the Media Development and Diversity Agency Act (2002)
the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act (2000) – joint responsibility with the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services
the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2002) – joint responsibility with the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services
the 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 the entities within
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 Estimates of National Expenditure 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.
These charts show changes to the spending plans originally published in the Estimates of National Expenditure. Details of these changes are published in the Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure.
Total adjustment to the original budget for this department.
Changes to planned spending between categories within this department.
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:
Compare the adjusted appropriation to the main appropriation to see whether changes were made in the adjustments budget to the appropriations set out in the budget. The audited outcome shows what was actually spent.
Note: Direct charges against the National Revenue Fund are excluded.
Read more in the Annual Report on the department's website.
Compare the amount of budget allocated to each of this deparment’s programmes at each phase in the process leading up to the Audited Outcome
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