About the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) website

This page provides information about the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) website, including:

Purpose of the website

The purpose of the GCIS website is to:

  • provide its target audience with easily accessible information about the GCIS and its activities and programmes
  • disseminate government information which falls within the mandate of the department
  • provide a vehicle for interaction between the GCIS and the public
  • promote the GCIS and government's image.

The main target audiences for the GCIS website are

  • the broad public
  • the media
  • national, provincial and local government
  • the international community.


Content available on the website

The website provides information about the department, including its vision, mission and key objectives, its structure, functions, initiatives and history. You can also find information on the Minister responsible for the department and the executive management of the GCIS. In order to enhance government transparency, the website provides an indication of the GCIS human resource representivity and some of its internal human resource policies, while procurement information can also be accessed on the website. You can also find information about the agencies that were established under the executive authority of the GCIS.

The website contains information on strategic communication services, while information resources, such a reports, communication guidelines, newsletters and magazines and multimedia products can be found in the Resource Centre. Access is provided to the South Africa Yearbook and Official Guide on South Africa, as well as publications of the public entities established under the executive authority of the GCIS.

The GCIS's media statements and speeches and Cabinet statements are posted in the Newsroom as soon as it is made public. Newsworthy events the GCIS is involved in are also announced and you can subscribe to services that enable you to request specific information to be emailed to you on a regular basis.


 Additional help to access information on the website 

To help you find information, the site provides

  • A search can be executed from any page on the site.
  • A page presenting frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the GCIS.

Links to other websites are indicated by the text "Outside link - opens in new window" appearing when you move your mouse over the link. This link will open in a new browser window.


List of acronyms used

CBO - community-based organisation
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
CFO - Chief Financial Officer
CIO - Chief Information Officer
ComTask - Task group on government communication
CRC - Communication Resource Centre
CS - Corporate Services
CSA - Communication Service Agency
CTS - Client Training Services

EHWP - Employee Health and Wellness Programme
ESE - Economic Sectors and Employment (cluster)
EXCO - Executive committee

FAQs - frequently asked questions
FOSAD - Forum of South African Directors-General

GCA - Government Communicators' Awards
GCF - Government Communicators' Forum
GCIS - Government Communication and Information System
GCP - Government Communication Programme
CFO - Chief Financial Officer
GIC - Government Information Centre
G&ML - Government and Media Liaison

HRM - Human Resource Management
HTML - Hypertext markup language

ICTS - International Cooperation, Trade and Security (cluster)
IMC - International Marketing Council
I&ML - International and Media Liaison
IMC - International Media Council
IM&T - Information Management and Technology
IT - information technology

JCPS - Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (cluster)

MDDA - Media Development and Diversity Agency
MLO - Ministerial Liaison Officer
MMEs - Medium and Macro Enterprises

NGO - Non-governmental Organsisation
NL - National Liaison

PACAS - Policy co-ordination and Services
PIMS - Project Information and Management System
PIT - Public Information Terminal
P&LL - Provincial and Local Liaison
PDF - Portable document format

SADC - Southern African Development Community
SAQA - South African Qualifications Authority
SD - System Development
SETA - Sector Education and Training Authority
SMMEs - Small, Medium and Macro Enterprises

WIMS - Ward Level Information Management System