This section provides answers to questions frequently asked about the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), its products, services and functions.
For more information about the GCIS, contact Nicolette Prinsloo, tel: 012 473 0203, email: email@example.com
FAQs are currently available for the following categories:
- government and government-related information
- publications and information products
- Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA)
- The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa)
- Film and Publication Board
Q: Where do I find information on government and government-related issues?
- Visit the Contact your government page for information directories.
- The SA Government Online website provides government information, as well as access to government websites.
- The SA Government Online website provides information about government services to South African residents, organisations and businesses and foreign nationals who need services from the South African government.
- FAQs on government and government-related issues are available on the SA Government Online website.
Q: Where do I get a photograph of the President and other Cabinet members?
A: The GCIS provides photographs of Cabinet members to government, the media and the public. Please contact Este Koorts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Where do I get electronic and other copies of the Coat of Arms?
A: Please contact Este Koorts at email@example.com
Q: What are communication clusters and which are they?
A: Clusters foster an integrated approach to governance that is aimed at improving government planning, decision making and service delivery. The main objective is to ensure proper coordination of all government programmes at national and provincial levels.
The main functions of the clusters are to ensure the alignment of government wide priorities, facilitate and monitor the implementation of priority programmes and to provide a consultative platform on cross-cutting priorities and matters being taken to Cabinet.
|Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development|
|Chair: Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti.
Deputy Chair: Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor.
|Social Protection, Community and Human Development|
|Chair: Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini.
Deputy Chair: Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga.
|International Cooperation, Trade and Security|
|Chair: Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele
Deputy Chair: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
|Governance and Administration|
|Chair: Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba.
Deputy Chair: Minister of Public Service and Administration, Mr Collins Chabane.
|Justice, Crime Prevention and Security|
Chair: Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
Q: How do I get hold of the South Africa Yearbook?
Q: How do I get hold of the contact directories?
A: The National Government Contact Directory, Local Government Directory, Directory of Contacts, and Media Directory are available online on the website. Access these directories from the Contact directories page.
Changes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How do I get hold of Profile?
Q: How do I get hold of the Faces of Government poster?
A: Please contact the Information centre at:
Q: Does government provide a news service?
A:The South African Government News Agency (formerly known as BuaNews) is one of the services of the Chief Directorate: Government and Media Liaison. This government news service provides media and readers locally and internationally with government news and information. Media can use articles from the Agency at no charge.
Q: How do I subscribe to receive SAnews.gov.za stories by e-mail?
A: Please visit the SAnews.gov.za website and follow the link to subscribe.
Q: How does the GCIS coordinate government communication efforts in provinces?
A: Government communication efforts are coordinated in the following ways:
- The GCIS provincial offices participate in communication forums in the provinces and work together with provincial communication counterparts.
- Regional offices play a supportive role in setting up communication forums at district or local level.
- Regional offices share the core messages and content of the national government communication strategy with their provincial communication counterparts.
Q: Does the GCIS provide funding for development and poverty alleviation programmes such as brick-making, baking, dress-making, feeding schemes and the starting of SMMEs?
A: No, but we will be able to provide you with contact information for organisations to send such requests to, including local governments, provincial departments of economic development, and agencies such as Khula Enterprises, the National Development Agency, SMME support centres and the Land Bank.
For more information, please complete the information enquiry form.
Q: What is the MDDA?
A: See About us > Public entities