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Another attempt to unscramble the egg - Two new ministries for electronic communications revisited

Posted by LA Thornton on Monday, December 8, 2014,
On December 2 2014, the President published a proclamation re-assigning the administration of powers and functions of the ICASA Act and EC Act to the now separate Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

This new attempt to unscramble the egg is a far better attempt than the original notice.  However, difficulties remain. 

ICASA Act

The MoC has the authority in terms of section 14A of the ICASA Act to approve the appointment of experts by ICASA (in cert...
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Re-imagining Policy for ICTs (and broadcasting)

Posted by LA Thornton on Tuesday, November 18, 2014,
On 14 November 2014, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services published the 299 page National Integrated ICT Policy Discussion Paper.  Comments are due by 15 January 2015.

The paper covers a wide range of issues.  Below is the outline of the Paper presented in its introductory chapter.

Key Principles and Approaches - identifies key principles and issues that affect all ICT related sectors, including core regulatory principles, green ICT policies and approaches to ensuring an open ...
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Two new Ministers for electronic communications revisted

Posted by LA Thornton on Friday, July 18, 2014,
On 25 May 2014, the President established the new Ministries of Telecommunications and Postal Services and  Communications. 

The Communications Ministry is, according to the President's media statement, to be responsible for communication policy and strategy, information dissemination and publicity, and branding SA abroad, and "will be formed out of" ICASA, the SABC, GCIS, Brand SA and the MDDA. 

On 26 June 2014, the President announced the establishment of the following ministerial cluste...
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Two new Ministers for electronic communications

Posted by LA Thornton on Thursday, May 29, 2014,
The President announced, on 25 May 2014, the establishment of the Minstry of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the new Communications Ministry to be responsible for communication policy and strategy, information dissemination and publicity, and branding SA abroad. 

Dr Siyabonga Cwele is the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services and Ms Hlengiwe Mkhize the Deputy Minister.

Ms Faith Muthambi is the Minister of Communications and Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams the Deputy Minister...
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President assents to ICASA Amendment and EC Amendment Acts

Posted by LA Thornton on Wednesday, April 9, 2014,
The President has signed into law the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Amendment Act, 2013 and the Electronic Communications (EC) Amendment Act, 2013, both on 7 April 2014.  The ICASA Amendment Act will come into force on a date to be set by the President and the EC Amendment Act on a date or dates to be set by the Minister of Communications.

Many of the amendments appear to be intended to clear up procedural difficulties in the primary legislation, which has
hamper...
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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 tha...
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New ICT Policies and Legislation on the Horizon

Posted by LA Thornton on Tuesday, April 27, 2010,
The Minister of Communications, General Siphiwe Nyanda, delivered his budget speech on 20 April 2010, indicating that the Broadband Policy has been finalised (but not yet published) and promising the introduction of an ICASA Amendment Bill, the Public Service Broadcasting Bill and an Electronic Communications Amendment Bill
The Minister thanked Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom for cooperating in reducing communications costs (by reducing too high call termination fees), and exhorted ICASA to...
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Welcome General Siphiwe Nyanda, Minister of Communications

Posted by LA Thornton on Tuesday, May 12, 2009,
Lisa Thornton Inc welcomes the new Minister of Communications, Mr Siphiwe Nyanda and the new Deputy Minister, Dina Pule. 

The ANC's main election promise was to provide services to those that had up to now, been left out, including education, health care and housing.  Electronic communications is increasingly being seen as an essential service, much like water and electricity.  Although South Africa has not succeeded in providing universal service to electronic communications, the opportunity...
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