ICT Policy, Law and Regulation


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This website is a policy, law and regulatory resource for the ICT industry in Africa provided by Lisa Thornton Consulting.  

See https://www.mondaq.com/Guides/Subject/50?country_id=196 for an up to date (2023) TMT South African Guide!

If you want to know what's new, you can subscribe to the free ICT Update by going to http://lists.internet.org.za/mailman/listinfo/weeklyupdate, or you can contact us with a request to subscribe you. 

Most of the South African documents mentioned on the ICT Update may be downloaded from the  SA Gov Docs pages. 

There are short articles and other publications on a variety of subjects, such as licensing, spectrum, interconnection, pricing, undersea cables, competition law, and privacy on the Publications page.  You may also access for free, the book Telecommunications Law in South Africa.

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