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Budget Vote 2015/16 media briefing by Minister Faith Muthambi

20 May 2015

20 May 2015

Members of the media,

Today the Department will be presenting its Budget Vote no. 03 at the Old Assembly Chamber. Our theme is “New Department: New Possibilities”.

We have finalised the establishment of the Department. GCIS is a schedule 1 Department under this vote.

The National Development Plan is our guiding touch. It envisages an active citizenry that participates in the socioeconomic life of the country. It states that in “2030, South Africans will be more conscious of the things they have in common than of their differences, and that their lived experiences will progressively undermine and cut across the divisions of race, gender, disability, space and class”. It is our firm belief that this is achievable when government is at the centre of providing effective and efficient communication to support these aspirations.

My speech today will give an overview of the broadcasting and media sectors as to what we see as the Department. Our programme then will prioritise those key and strategic interventions aimed at bringing change on how the public consumes content in this country.

The speech will touch on the progress we have made on the broadcasting digital migration programme and the interventions to be pursued.

We will also focus on key policy and strategy developments to be pursued during the 2015/16 financial year. We will shed some light on these policies and strategies. Transformation of the media is high on our agenda and is a key and strategic programme for our Department.

We will also highlight on measures to protect children against harmful online content.

The speech will also amplify allocation to various entities reporting to the Ministry of Communications and highlight various initiatives by all entities as to how they will spend their allocated budgets.

We will also highlight our legislative programme for the financial year 2015/16 financial year, with special emphasis on the Bills to be finalised this year.

I thank you.

Ayanda Hollow
Cell: 076 148 80634

Issued by GCIS on behalf of The Department of Communications

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