The MDDA is a Schedule 3A public entity in terms of the Public Finance Management Act. ​ The MDDA reports to the Minister in the Presidency as its Executive Authority.

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) was set up by an Act of Parliament (Act 14 of 2002) to enable "historically disadvantaged communities and persons not adequately served by the media" to gain access to the media. It's beneficiaries will be community media and small commercial media. 

To achieve its objective, the MDDA will:


To establish the Media Development and Diversity Agency; to provide for its objective and functions; to provide for the constitution of the Board and the management of the Agency by the Board; to provide for the chief executive officer and other staff of the Agency; to provide for the finances of the Agency; to provide for the support of projects aimed at promoting media development and diversity; and to provide for matters connected therewith. 

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The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is guided by a number of relevant and related legislation, which it is required to comply with, including and most importantly the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Key amongst these laws, is

The MDDA Act, 2002 MDDA Regulations

 2003 The Public Finance Management Act No,1 of 1999

 The Electronic Communication Act No 35 of 2005

 The Constitution Act 108 of 1999

 The BBBEE Act No.59 of 2003

 The labour Relation Act No 96 of 1995

 The Employment Equity Act of 2000

 The Skills Development Act

 The Basic Conditions of Employment No. 75 of 1997 and other relevant legislation Regulations prescribed in terms of the respective legislation that are signed into law by the President from time to time, MDDA Regulations and relevant Government policy positions.

Access to diversified media for all