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Public bodies


The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). ICASA is South Africa's independent regulator. ICASA regulates broadcasting, telecommunications and postal services in the public interest.


The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) offers support to community and small commercial media projects in South Africa. The Agency offers support to organisations or institutions (including producers of media, training institutions, network organisations, other service organisations) to undertake projects or research.

National Film and Video Foundation 

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body mandated by parliament to spearhead the development of the South African film and video industry.


Sentech is a broadband network business accommodating narrowband functionality on a common platform, supplying communication solutions and services to wholesale and retail customers in chosen markets in South Africa and the rest of the continent.

The Department of Arts and Culture

The Department of Arts and Culture is tasked to create an environment conducive to the growth, development and flowering of South Africa’s arts, culture and heritage landscape. Among its key objectives are the improvement, re-orientation and expansion of the arts and culture sector to serve South Africa’s cultural needs.

The Department of Communications

The Mission of the Department of Communications is to build a better life for all through an enabling and sustainable world class information and communication technologies Environment.


The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The SABC is South Africa's official public broadcaster. It operates 3 television channels and 18 radion stations.

The Universal Service and Acess Fund of South Africa

The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa is established under the Electronic Communications Act No. 36 of 2005, to promote the goals of universal access and universal service in the under serviced areas of South Africa.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Commitee on Communications

All Portfolio Committees (National Assembly) process legislation and conduct oversight over the Departments mentioned in the title of the committee.

International Public Service Broadcasters

ARD Germany

ARD stands for (in English) “Consortium of public-law broadcasting institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany”, was founded in 1950 and is Germany’s national public service broadcaster. It is also international.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

The BBC is the largest broadcasting organisation in the world. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain.

European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

The European Broadcasting Union is the largest association of national broadcasters in the world. The EBU works to ensure that  the crucial role of public service broadcasters is recognised and taken into consideration by decision-makers.

Japan Broadcasting corporation

Japan Broadcasting Coprporation is Japans public boradcaster

Prasar Bharati India

Prasar Bharati is the public service broadcaster of India and came into existence in 1997. The objectives of public service broadcasting are achieved in terms of Prasar Bharati Act through All India Radio and Doordarshan.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of this country's largest cultural institutions. Through the delivery of a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services, CBC-Radio/Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation: is the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company, and the largest media organisation in Norway. It is a founding member of the European Broadcasting Union.

Sveriges Television Sweden

Sveriges Television is Sweden’s national broadcaster and was founded in 1979 with the slogan of fri television (free television)

TV New Zealand

TVNZ is New Zealand’s national broadcaster and was founded in 1980. It also broadcasts to some Pacific Island nations such as the Cook Islands, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands.

Media Funders

Fredrich Ebert Stiftung Media Programme

The German Foundation Fredrich Ebert Stiftung funds a dynamic media programme. Connected to this programme is an African media policy website packed with resources for African media practioners and activists.

Open Society Foundation, South Africa

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa is a grant making organisation and is a member of the International Soros Foundations Network. It works for a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected.



Broadcasting Electronic and Media Workers Union

BEMAWU is an independent specialist trade union primarily organized in the Broadcast and Media sector, with the majority of its members employed by the SABC.,za

Communication Workers’ Union

The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) of South Africa boasts some 44,000 members spread across most of the communication industry of South Africa.

Congress of South African Trade Unions

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is South Africa's largest trade union federation.


The Federation of Unions of South Africa promotes a democratic labour environment and society, free from any unfair discrimination against gender, religion, race, culture or political beliefs or any other form of unfair discrimination against any individual or group of people.

Media Workers Assosciation of South Africa

MWASA organizers all workers in the media, printing, packaging, distribution and Information Communication Technology sectors.

Media NGO's

Alternative Information and Development Centre

The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) aims to strengthen the movement for social justice through the production of alternative knowledge and by enhancing the institutional capacity of community media organisations and the communication capacity of progressive civil society organisations.

Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation

ESSET is an independent ecumenical organisation established with a mandate rooted in the quest for a just society that prioritizes the needs of the poor.

Freedom of Expression Institute

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) advocates and protects the right to freedom of expression asone of South Africa's fundamental constitutional rights.

Freedom of Expression Network

The Freedom of Expression Network (FXN) is a nationwide collective that unites social movements and other organisations (mainly of the poor) around issues of state repression, censorship and criminalisation of dissent.

Gender Links

Gender Links (GL) is a Southern African NGO founded in 2001 that is committed to a region in which women and men are able to participate equally in all aspects of public and private life in accordance with the provisions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development.

Gender and Media Southern Africa

The GEMSA  network is an umbrella organisation of individuals and institutions who work to promote gender equality in and through the media.


Idasa is an independent public interest organization committed to promoting sustainable democracy based on active citizenship, democratic institutions and social justice.

Institute for Advancement of Journalism

The Institute for Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) was established in 1992 to help improve  the quality of journalism in the country.

Media Monitoring Africa

Media Monitoring Africa aims to promote the development of a free, fair, ethical and critical media culture in South Africa and the rest of the continent.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa – South Africa

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is a dynamic, member-driven network of national chapters coordinated by a professional regional secretariat which seeks - through monitoring, training, capacity building, research and the distribution of information - to foster free, independent and diverse media throughout Southern Africa.

Workers World Media Project

Workers World Media Project (WWMP) is a non-profit, independent labour media production house, governed by the trade union movement.


Cape Town Television

Cape Town TV - known as CTV - is a non-profit, community-based television station aimed at the greater Cape Town metropolitan area.

National Community Radio Forum

The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) is a national, membership-based association of community radio stations and support service organisations.

The Southern African NGO Network

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is a dynamic civil society organisation with a history closely linked to the social and political changes experienced by South Africa during its transition to democracy. SANGONeT is committed to ICT development in the country.

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body mandated by Parliament to spearhead the development of the South African film and video industry.

The vision of the NFVF is to strive for a quality South African film and video industry that is representative of the nation, commercially viable and encourages development. The NFVF aims to support this by creating an environment that develops and promotes the South African film and video industry, domestically and internationally.

The South African Screen Federation

The South African Screen Federation (SASFED) is a federation of independent film, television and audiovisual content industry organisations. 


Advantage Magazines

AdVantage is the leading monthly business-to-business magazine for professionals in the media, marketing and advertising industry in South Africa.

Screen Africa

Screen Africa comprises an award-winning monthly trade print magazine, website and weekly email newsletter for the film, television, commercials, digital media and technology industry in South Africa and English-speaking Africa.

IT Web Brainstorm

ITWeb Brainstorm is a monthly magazine for decision-makers and other intelligent people.

The Media Magazine

The Media Magazine provides news and analysis relevant to the media industry. The site is a one-stop resource for media industry-focused content.

Rhodes  Journalism Review

The Rhodes Journalism Review is published by the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, it is a specialist magazine for journalists in South Africa and Africa.