Department of Public Enterprises

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Department of Public Enterprises
Department overview
Formed 1994 (1994)[1]
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Ministers responsible

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) is one of the ministries of the South African government. It is the governments shareholder representative with oversight responsibility for a number of state-owned enterprises (SoEs).


It is estimated that South Africa has about 300 SoEs, nine of which fall under the responsibility of the DPE;[2]

  • Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) – Owner of major airports in South Africa
  • Alexkor – Mining sector (diamond mining)
  • Armscor (South Africa) – arms procurement agency for the Defence Force
  • Broadband Infraco – ICT sector (national backbone and international connectivity)
  • Central Energy Fund – Energy development
  • Denel – Aerospace and Defence sector (armaments manufacturer)
  • Development Bank of Southern Africa
  • Eskom – Energy sector (national electricity utility)
  • PBMR – Energy sector (development of Pebble Bed Modular Reactor nuclear energy technology)
  • Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa )PRASA – Transport sector (passenger railway services)
  • Rand Water – Water utility (Most based in the northern region)
  • South African Airways – Transport sector (international airline)
  • SA Express – Transport sector (regional and feeder airline)
  • South African Forestry Company – Forestry sector (manages forestry on state owned land)
  • South African National Roads Agency – responsible for the maintenance and development of the national road network
  • Transnet – Transport and related infrastructure sector (railways, harbours, oil/fuel pipelines and terminals)
  • Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority – Water transport authority
  • Telkom SA – Telecommunications sector (national fixed line telephone network (PSTN))

Other corporate entities not under the Department of Public Enterprises include the South African Post Office, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the South African Bureau of Standards, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Sentech.

Various other smaller state-owned companies exist in South Africa.


  1. ^ "Our History". Department of Public Enterprises. 
  2. ^ "Gigaba signals yet more taxpayer support for State firms". December 6, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2011. 

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