BEE Policy for Media Sector Under Development

Department of Communications

A black economic empowerment policy for the media sector is under development.

The communications minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, announced this during an address at the Community Media Summit in Johannesburg.

According to SAnews, the minister called for the birth of an independent industry premised on transformation.

In her speech, the minister declared that the media sector should be opened up to more role players, in particular within the community media space.

“We need a diversity of views and this will only be enhanced by plurality of media. Our country cannot afford only one school of thought to hold sway. Doing so affectively shuts down views and thoughts that are at odds with prevailing narratives. Therefore, media transformation remains crucial and we will continue to fight for a media that better represents the views of all South Africans.”

The minister added that “plurality matters because it contributes to a well-functioning democratic society that is characterised by informed citizens. It prevents any one media owner or owners having too much influence over public opinion and the political agenda.”

The minister also pointed out that, despite significant progress in terms of media transformation, the “ownership and control of media still largely remains in the hands of a few.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office