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By: Government Communication And Information System  11-11-2011

GCIS provides communication and information services to the domestic and foreign media to improve their knowledge of government-related issues.

Requests for and enquiries about information or services are handled directly by the individual GCIS units. Contact information can be found at the description of each service listed below.

South Africa plays host to the largest concentration of international journalists on the African continent. More than 150 journalists representing various media houses across the world use South Africa as a base to cover Southern Africa and Africa as a whole.

  • letter from media organisation requesting accreditation of journalist, signed by editor or bureau chief
  • certified copy of passport (certification of passports or identity documents is done at police stations and post offices)
  • valid work permit from the South African Department of Home Affairs
  • two identical photos of journalist
  • brief description of the journalist/s’ roles and areas of specialisation.

Requests for accreditation should be directed to the Director: International and Media Liaison at the GCIS.

Roze Moodley
Tel: 012 314 2224
Fax: 012 321 2804
Cell: 084 500 3289

The GCIS maintains an online database of contact information for government structures and bodies, media organisations, journalists, and a selection of other institutions such as political parties, foreign representatives in South Africa, tertiary and other institutions, etc.

The database also contains a collection of brief profiles of the President, Deputy President, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Parliamentary office bearers, Provincial Premiers and some government leaders.

This online directory can be accessed on:

The information contained in the database can also be printed as four separate directories, namely:


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