As the Department of Communications changes its role, a new government department has been set up to look after the telecommunications industry.

Announcing the new cabinet yesterday, President Jacob Zuma spoke about the new Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

“Our country has a fast growing telecommunications sector which in 2012 was estimated at being worth R180 billion,” he says. “We also see a great developmental value in the Post Office given its role of delivering financial services to remote areas of our country.

“This new department will ensure that the country derives more value out of the booming information communications and technology industry and the postal services sector.”

In addition, there is a new Communications Ministry, which will be responsible for overarching communication policy and strategy, information dissemination and publicity as well as 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,” Zuma says.

This Ministry will be formed out of the following components:
* The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa);
* The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC);
* Government Communications and Information System (GCIS);
* Brand SA; and
* The Media Development and Diversity Agency.

The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services is Dr Siyabonga Cwele, and the Minister of Communications is Faith Muthambi.