Two new Ministers for electronic communications revisted

Posted by LA Thornton on Friday, July 18, 2014
On 25 May 2014, the President established the new Ministries of Telecommunications and Postal Services and  Communications. 

The Communications Ministry is, according to the President's media statement, to be responsible for communication policy and strategy, information dissemination and publicity, and branding SA abroad, and "will be formed out of" ICASA, the SABC, GCIS, Brand SA and the MDDA. 

On 26 June 2014, the President announced the establishment of the following ministerial clusters:  Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development; Social Protection, Community and Human Development, International Cooperation, Trade and Security; Governance and Administration; and Justice, Crime Prevention and Security.

The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Ministry is named the Chair of the International Cooperation, Trade and Security cluster and a member of the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster.

The Department of Communications is listed as a member of the Governance and Administration cluster.

By Presidential Proclamation dated 15 July 2014, the President transferred the administration of the following Acts, inter alia, to the new Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services:
  • Sentech Act
  • Postal Services Act, South African Post Bank Ltd Act and South African Post Office SOC Ltd Act
  • Electronic Communications and Transactions Act
  • Electronic Communications Act
  • State Information Technology Agency Act
The President transferred the powers and functions of GCIS as well as the administration of the following Acts to the new Ministry of Communications:
  • Films and Publications Act
  • Broadcasting Act
  • ICASA Act
  • MDDA Act


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