Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Bill, 2012

Posted by LA Thornton on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The DoC has published the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Bill, 2012.  Comments are due 10 January 2013

The Bill proposes a number of changes, including the following.

*It creates a new Complaints and Compliance Commission, separate from ICASA, and appointed by the Minister.  The Commission will hear all complaints between licensees and licensees and ICASA. 

*Where before ICASA had to only consider policy directions issued by the Minister, the Bill proposes that ICASA must act in accordance with policy directions.

*The Bill requires ICASA to conduct a regulatory impact assessment before taking any action constituting regulatory intervention.

*Under the Bill, the Minister will have sole authority to appoint and remove councilors.

*Council meetings must be held at least once a month and minutes made public.



Tags: icasa  complaints  'minister of communications' 
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