DoC officially welcomes Roy Padayachie as new minister

President Jacob Zuma in his recent cabinet reshuffle appointed Mr. Radhakrishna L. Padayachie (Roy) as the Minister of Communications and Mr. Obed Bapela as his Deputy.

In a press statement today, the Department of Communications (DoC) officially welcomed the minister and his deputy to their new posts.

“Minister Padayachie brings to the organisation the leadership capability in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Having served as the Deputy Minister of the Communications Department from 2004 – 2009, his appointment has been welcomed by stakeholders in the sector,” the statement said.

According to the department the appointments will accelerate policy implementation and strengthen policy development.

The department listed the following areas that require accelerated policy implementation: reducing the cost of communication, bridging the digital gap between the advantaged and disadvantaged communities, skills development in the ICT sector, as well as turning South Africa into a globally competitive country and ICT hub.

Minister Padayachie expressed appreciation for the contribution made by Siphiwe Nyanda and Ms Dina Pule to the Department of Communication, who served in their capacities as Minister and Deputy Minister respectively, the department said.

“Both Ministers come from a long tradition of service and sacrifices. Minister Padayachie and Deputy Minister Bapela commit to further strengthening the foundation of work that they have established in the ICT sector and wish them well,” said the department.

“The Department of Communications will continue to focus on harnessing ICTs to respond to the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country and will work at a faster pace to change the lives of the poor. ICTs will further be used as one of the critical catalysts in the implementation of the Economic Growth Path. We will also use ICTs to realise government’s vision to build a developmental state that will address the socio-economic challenges and create a better life for all,” commented Dr Wesso, the Acting Director General of the Department.

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