Biography of Michael Currin

Michael Currin GCIS DDG

Michael Currin began his career as a government communication officer in 1991, and has since held a number of positions in the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS).

Between 1994 and 1999, Michael was actively involved in the establishment of national youth-development institutions, and played a leading role in establishing the South African Youth Workers’ Association and the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Council.

He served as an officer in the KwaZulu-Natal GCIS office, and in 1999 was appointed Deputy Director to support the establishment of government’s Thusong Service Centres (formerly known as multi-purpose community centres).

Since 2002, he has been responsible for GCIS’ Local Liaison and Information Management, and then Provincial Co-ordination directorates. These units were tasked with establishing co-ordination and support systems to GCIS provincial and district offices, and developing and implementing development communication and information campaigns within communities. Michael has rich experience in running public-sector communication campaigns and programmes, and has played a leading role in intergovernmental processes aimed at extending the government communication system to local government. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Honours Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly the University of Natal), and a Masters Degree in Education from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, which was awarded in 1999.

In June 2008, Michael was appointed Chief Director: Provincial and Local Liaison.

Michael was appointed as Deputy Director-General: Intergovernmental Coordination & Stakeholder Manager from 1 March 2022. From January to June 2023 he served as the Acting Director-General of the GCIS and Acting Government Spokesperson.