Ministry signs pact with China on cyber security

This comes after President Zuma signed a 5 to 10 year strategic agreement with China in December.

Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele hosting the People's Republic of China's Industry and Information Technology Minister Miao Wei in Cape Town. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Telecommunications and Postal Services Ministry said a new agreement with China will improve cyber security.

Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Chinese Minister Miao Wei signed an Information and Communications Technology agreement on Monday.

This comes after President Jacob Zuma signed a five to 10 year strategic agreement with China in December.

Cwele said China is leading the way in the technology sphere.

He said the new agreement will see a transfer of skills and includes better ways to improve cyber security in South Africa.

"By collaborating on the areas of information security, and cyber security, to prevent and due attack on our citizens."

He said this aims to create balanced trade relationship with China.

Last year imports from China totaled R167 billion compared to exports of under R100 billion.