Communications

National Department Budget for 2018-19

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 Department of Communications is responsible for the national 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 the country 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 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), a joint responsibility with the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services
  • the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2002), a joint responsibility with the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services
  • the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2005), a joint responsibility with the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
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