Communication & information services to media


The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) provides communication and information services to the domestic and foreign media to improve their knowledge of government-related issues.

Requests for and enquiries about information or services are handled directly by the individual units. Contact information can be found at the description of each service listed below.

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Accreditation of foreign journalists

South Africa plays host to the largest concentration of international journalists on the African continent. More than 150 journalists representing various media houses across the world use South Africa as a base to cover Southern Africa and Africa as a whole.

The Directorate: Media Engagement is responsible for accrediting international journalists wishing to report from South Africa. The following is required before accreditation is granted:

  • letter from media organisation requesting accreditation of journalist, signed by editor or bureau chief
  • certified copy of passport (certification of passports or identity documents is done at police stations and post offices)
  • valid work permit from the South African Department of Home Affairs
  • two identical photos of journalist
  • brief description of the journalist/s’ roles and areas of specialisation.

Requests for accreditation should be directed to the Director: Media Engagement at the the GCIS.

Ms Mmemme Mogotsi
Tel: 012 473 0355
Email: mmemme@gcis.gov.za

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Directory (contact information and profiles)

The GCIS maintains an online database of contact information for government structures and bodies, media organisations, journalists, and a selection of other institutions such as political parties, foreign representatives in South Africa, tertiary and other institutions, etc.

The database also contains a collection of brief profiles of the President, Deputy President, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, parliamentary office bearers, Provincial Premiers and some government leaders.

This online directory can be accessed on:

The information contained in the database can also be printed as four separate directories, namely:

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Facilitating interaction with government

The Directorate: Media Engagement coordinates interviews and briefings with government departments for the media as and when such requests are made to the directorate.

Ms Pheliswa Sebati
Tel: 012 473 0230
Email: pheliswa@gcis.gov.za

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Information enquiries

The Directorate: Media Engagement assists the media with all government-related queries.

Ms Pheliswa Sebati
Tel: 012 473 0230
Email: pheliswa@gcis.gov.za

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SAnews.gov.za

SAnews.gov.za is a South African government news service, providing reliable government news and information to the media and public. You may subscribe to receive SAnews e-mail newsletters daily. Visit SAnews.gov.za online.

Ms Roze Moodley
Tel: 012 4730263
Email: roze@gcis.gov.za

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Southern African Development Community (SADC) National Media Coordinator (SNMC)

The Directorate: Media Engagement provides information on all SADC-related activities to the media, coordinates and manages the South African chapter of the SADC Media Awards.

Ms Mmemme Mogotsi
Tel: 012 473 0355
Email: mmemme@gcis.gov.za

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Distribution of government information

The Directorate: Media Engagement distributes a range of government and government-related information (media statements, speeches, etc), to the foreign and domestic media.

Ms Pheliswa Sebati
Tel: 012 473 0230
Email: pheliswa@gcis.gov.za

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