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What is SA Government News Agency?

The SA Government News Agency is a news service, published by the Department of Communications (DOC). The people of South Africa have a right to information, irrespective of their class, colour or creed. The Government has a mandate to ensure that its entire people have access to information. In order to make this possible, SAnews.gov.za was established to provide quick and easy access to articles and feature stories aimed at keeping the public informed about the implementation of government's mandate.

An achievement of note for SAnews.gov.za was the clinching of a National Productivity Institute (NPI) Merit Award, in 2000, in recognition of the work it has done in disadvantaged communities.

Our Mission:

Continuously striving towards becoming the most efficient and dedicated channel, through which information reaches the most disadvantaged communities in South Africa.

Our Vision:

To create an awareness of news events, educate and bring information to those who do not have access to the mainstream media in an attempt to empower and provoke thought.

What type of information does SA Government News Agency distribute?

It helps ensure wider dissemination of government information to provide citizens with the opportunity to gain access to development information and qualitative content to ensure that they are better informed to become active participants in the evolving process of social change.

SAnews.gov.za provides the media with information related to developmental issues, health,education, service delivery, finance, government transformation, transport, defence, and welfare, among others. In addition, SAnews.gov.za features articles on community and people-centred initiatives that are aimed at improving or uplifting the quality of lives of the citizenry.

How does SA Government News Agency benefit communities?

SAnews.gov.za has become a fast, reliable and accurate government news and information service. It benefits communities in the following ways:

  • It creates an awareness on day-to-day issues
  • It informs people of that which will have an impact on their lives.
  • It educates people on various issues that are predominant in society.
  • It empowers: SAnews.gov.za empowers people by constantly making them aware of their human rights, their constitutional rights etc.

If you want to alert SAnews.gov.za about successful community initiatives, feel free to e-mail us at: newsfiles@gcis.gov.za

Coverage of news events focuses on the promotion of interactive governance and unmediated communication between government and the people.

Who receives SAnews.gov.za?

SAnews.gov.za is posted online and emailed to community radio stations and print media, government communicators, freelance writers, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), news editors of the mainstream media, both print and electronic, news agencies, missions and foreign media. Continuous updates are also posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Do I have to pay in order to receive SAnews.gov.za?

Our clients receive information of the highest quality and standard at no cost. SAnews.gov.za is not profit-orientated and functions without advertising.

What do I need to do in order to receive SAnews.gov.za?

If you would like to subscribe to receive your free SAnews.gov.za editions via e-mail or if you would like to send us valuable information that we can use in our editions, please contact us. Any questions, comments and or suggestions on how we can improve our news service will be appreciated.

Is SAnews.gov.za a government propaganda tool?

Certainly not. The public's right to have access to government information is firmly entrenched in the constitution. Therefore, the government is duty-bound and obliged to communicate its policies, implementation of its mandate and their impact on the quality of life of the citizenry.

SAnews.gov.za strives to fulfil government's mandate to make information accessible to the people of South Africa.

Informed people are better equipped with knowledge to improve or uplift their standard of life.

Development information enables citizens to become active participants in the evolving process of social change.

SAnews.gov.za keeps people informed about the latest government information.

Contact details:

Editor:

Roze Moodley
Tel: 012 473 0213
roze@gcis.gov.za

News Editor:

Janine Arcangeli
Tel: 012 473 0112
janine@gcis.gov.za

Chief Sub-Editor:

Seshnee Moonsamy
Tel: 012 473 0278
seshnee@gcis.gov.za

Chief Sub-Editor:

Matona Fatman
Tel: 012 473 0176
matona@gcis.gov.za

Feature Writer:

Chris Bathembu
Tel: 012 473 0047
chrisb@gcis.gov.za