Media release

Government Communications (GCIS) rebrands BuaNews agency

12 July 2012

12 July 2012

Snapshots of government’s extensive programme of action and how this improves the lives of individuals and communities will remain the core of the rebranded news agency of the South African government.

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) recently rebranded the longstanding BuaNews online news service as the South African Government News Agency – - in order to update the agency’s identity and enhance online searches.

The South African Government News Agency succeeds BuaNews. services the right of all South Africans to information about the policies of government and activities of political principals and senior officials in the administration. offers a free news feed to media in South Africa and internationally, and the agency has reciprocal agreements with a range of government news agencies in other parts of the world to strengthen the flow of information between South Africa and its international partners.

From one of the smallest newsrooms in the country, produces hard news and human-interest features, carries video content on YouTube and can be joined on Facebook and Twitter.

While news agencies and other media producers have been the core market for the South African Government News Agency until recently, will be marketed to the broader public as a complement to South Africa’s rapidly diversifying news and information mix.

This is particularly important to those South Africans who – by virtue of where they live or what they earn – do not have ready access to mainstream, commercial news media, and depend on opportunities and services created by government to improve their lives. is posted online and emailed and faxed to community radio stations and print media, government communicators, freelance writers, non-governmental organisations, diplomatic missions and international media.

Users wishing to alert the agency to community initiatives arising from or supporting government programmes are invited to email at
Enquiries: Mr Vusi Mona - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, GCIS: Content

Tel: 012 314 2314
Cell: 076 423 1311

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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