Communications and Digital Technologies

By | June 15, 2022

Communications and Digital Technologies

Communications and Digital Technologies

Communications and Digital Technologies

Communications and Digital Technologies

Constitutional mandate

  • The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996), as the country’s ultimate law, governs all laws and binds all state agencies, including national government departments like the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT). In particular, the values embodied in Chapter 2’s Bill of Rights, which is a cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy. It affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality, and freedom, as well as the rights of all people in our country.
  • As a result, through digital transformation powered by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, DCDT will play a key role in enabling expanded economic and social engagement by all citizens (4IR). By leveraging the 4IR, the Department will work to create a South Africa where individuals can experience greater economic and social prosperity and comfort, as well as higher levels of health, wellness, and safety. The advantages and benefits that come with the adoption of these modern 4IR technologies are both economic and social, changing how we interact as individuals, groups, and organizations all across the world.
  • In keeping with these values, the National Creation Plan predicts that by 2030, ICTs will be at the heart of the development of more inclusive and successful information society and knowledge economy. A seamless information infrastructure will fulfill the needs of residents, businesses, and the entire public sector, giving access to the vast variety of services required for effective economic and social involvement – at a cost and quality that is at least competitive with its competitors.

Legislative and Policy Mandates

  • The President announced the formation of the National Department of Communications and Digital Technologies following the May 2019 National Elections. As a result, the Presidential Proclamation published in the Government Gazette on August 14, 2019 (President Minute: 372) confirmed the transfer of administration, powers, and responsibilities assigned by legislation to the Minister of Communication under Section 97 of the Constitution. As a result, the DCDT’s mandate is as follows: To drive South Africa’s digital transformation, resulting in digital inclusion and economic growth, by establishing an enabling policy and regulatory framework.
  • Vision
    A pioneer in enabling a digitally transformed and connected South Africa.

Mission:

  • To lead SA’s inclusive digital transformation journey by fostering socio-economic progress by building an enabling environment for a digital society.

Values

  • Transparency
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Fairness
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Responsiveness
  • Innovation

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