South African Government Departments
Department of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment (DFFE)
The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) was renamed on 1 April 2021, from the previous Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF). In June 2019 the DFFE had been established by incorporating the forestry and fisheries functions from the previous Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries into the Department of Environmental Affairs.
The DFFE mandated to give effect to the right of citizens to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being, and to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations. To this end, the Department provides leadership in environmental management, conservation and protection towards sustainability for the benefit of South Africans and the global community.
Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development (DALRRD)
The vision of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is to have equitable access to land, integrated rural development, sustainable agriculture and food security for all. Its mission is to accelerate land reform, catalyse rural development and improve agricultural production to stimulate economic development and food security through: transformed land ownership patterns; agrarian reform; implementation of an effective land administration system; sustainable livelihoods; innovative sustainable agriculture; promotion of access to opportunities for youth, women and other vulnerable groups; and integrated rural development.
Department of Employment & Labour
The Department of Employment and Labour will play a significant role in reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality through a set of policies and programmes developed in consultation with social partners, which are aimed at, improved economic efficiency and productivity, employment creation, sound labour relations, eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace and alleviating poverty in employment.
Department of Public Enterprises
The Office of Public Enterprises (OPE) was established in 1994 to champion and direct the restructuring of State-Owned Companies (SOCs) and to ensure their optimal economic and developmental impact. A Cabinet decision was taken in 1999 to accelerate the restructuring of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and the OPE was upgraded and re-designated as the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) – a National Government Department.
The DPE is the shareholder representative for Government and is mandated by the Executive to oversee a number of SOCs that operate in core sectors of the economy like Mining, Defence, Energy, Logistics and others. The DPE is the primary interface between Government and the SOCs concerned and, in addition to oversight, provides input to the formulation of policy, legislation and regulation.
Department of Trade, Industry & Competition (DTIC)
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) was established after the merger of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Economic Development Department.
Department of Transport
The Department of Transport is responsible for regulation and coordination of Transportation in South Africa that is Public Transport, Rail Transportation, Civil Aviation, Maritime Transport and Road Transport. “Transport, the Heartbeat of Economic Growth and Social Development”
Department of Water & Sanitation
The Department of Water and Sanitation is the custodian of South Africa’s water resources. It is primarily responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy governing this sector.
While striving to ensure that all South Africans gain access to clean water and dignified sanitation, the department also promotes effective and efficient water resources management to ensure sustainable economic and social development.