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Ramaphosa announces department of comms and digital tech

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Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will lead the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will lead the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.

The merger between the Department of Communications (DOC) and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) will now be known as the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT).

This after president Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday announced the appointment of a reconfigured national executive following the recently held general elections.

After the elections in May, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams retained her post as minister leading the country’s ICT agenda.

In a statement the president said: “The minister of communications is responsible for the department of communications and digital technologies. This is a new department arising from a merger between the Department of Communications and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

“Some departments remain mainly unchanged, but require changes to nomenclature to conform to ministerial portfolio designations. The total number of departments has been reduced by five, stemming from mergers and the transfer of functions.”

The reconfiguration of the national government in the sixth administration has seen a reduction of five departments from the fifth administration, stemming from mergers and the transfer of functions.

In 2014, the DOC was separated by former president Jacob Zuma into the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and a "new" DOC.

Last November, Ramaphosa announced the merger of the two ministries, marking the first outcome of the review process of the size and shape of the national executive and government departments.

During his Cabinet announcement last month, Ramaphosa revealed further reconfiguration of ministries in his administration.

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