The mandate of the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (Dtps) is derived from relevant legislation, and is as follows:
“To create a vibrant ICT sector that ensures that all South Africans have access to robust, reliable, affordable and secure ICT services in order to advance socio-economic development goals and support the Africa agenda and contribute to building a better world”.
Consequently the core functions of the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services are:
- To develop ICT policies and legislation that create conditions for an accelerated and shared growth of the South African economy, which positively impacts on the well-being of all our people and is sustainable;
- To ensure the development of robust, reliable, secure and affordable ICT infrastructure that supports and enables the provision of a multiplicity of applications and services to meet the needs of the country and its people;
- To contribute to the development of an inclusive information society which is aimed at establishing South Africa as an advanced information-based society in which information and ICT tools are key drivers of economic and societal development.
- To contribute to e-Skilling the nation for equitable prosperity and global competitiveness
- To strengthen the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), in order to enable it to regulate the sector in the public interest and ensure growth and stability in the sector;
- To enhance the capacity of, and exercise oversight over, State Owned Enterprises (SOE’s) as the delivery arms of Government; and
- To fulfil South Africa’s continental and international responsibilities in the ICT field.
The mandate of the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services is further embedded in legislation as well as other policy documents. The legislative framework for the work of the Department is contained mainly in the:-
- Broadcasting Act (Act 4 of 1999);
- Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (Act 25 of 2002);
- Electronic Communications Act (Act 36 of 2006);
- Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act (Act 13 of 2000);
- Sentech Act (Act 63 of 1996);
- Postal Services Act (Act 124 of 1998);
- South African Post Office SOC Ltd. Act No. 22 of 2011
- South African Postbank Limited Act No 9 of 2010
In executing its role, the Department is also guided, amongst others, by:
- The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996);
- The Public Service Act, 1994 (Act 103 of 1994) as amended; and
- The Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act 1 of 1999) as amended.