The mandate of the Department of Communications (DoC) is derived from relevant Legislation, and is as follows:
“To create a vibrant ICT sector that ensures that all South Africans have access to robust, reliable, affordable and secure ICT services in order to advance socio-economic development goals and support the Africa agenda and contribute to building a better world”.
Consequently the core functions of the Department of Communications are:
- To develop ICT policies and legislation that create conditions for an accelerated and shared growth of the South African economy, which positively impacts on the well being of all our people and is sustainable;
- To ensure the development of robust, reliable, secure and affordable ICT infrastructure that supports and enables the provision of a multiplicity of applications and services to meet the needs of the country and its people;
- To contribute to the development of an inclusive information society which is aimed at establishing South Africa as an advanced information-based society in which information and ICT tools are key drivers of economic and societal development.
- To contribute to e-Skilling the nation for equitable prosperity and global competitiveness
- To strengthen the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), in order to enable it to regulate the sector in the public interest and ensure growth and stability in the sector;
- To enhance the capacity of, and exercise oversight over, State Owned Enterprises (SOE’s) as the delivery arms of government; and
- To fulfill South Africa’s continental and international responsibilities in the ICT field.
The mandate of the Department of Communications is further embedded in legislation as well as other policy documents. The legislative framework for the work of the Department is contained mainly in the:-
- Broadcasting Act (Act 4 of 1999);
- Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (Act 25 of 2002);
- Electronic Communications Act (Act 36 of 2006);
- Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act (Act 13 of 2000);
- Sentech Act (Act 63 of 1996);
- Postal Services Act (Act 124 of 1998);
- South African Post Office SOC Ltd. Act No. 22 of 2011
- South African Postbank Limited Act No 9 of 2010
- The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996);
- The Public Service Act, 1994 (Act 103 of 1994) as amended; and
- The Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act 1 of 1999) as amended.