National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper

January 14th, 2017|policy, snippets|

[17 January 2017] The engagement has been cancelled as the the Minister, Deputy Minister and Director-General are not available on the proposed dates. __ [9 December 2016] The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services will host a two-day  engagement with industry on 27-28 January 2017.  The engagement is intended to provide the Portfolio Committee with a [...]

BEE ICT Sector Code

November 14th, 2016|News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[14 November 2016] A final, amended version of the Codes of good practice for the Information and Communications Technology Sector under the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act was gazetted and came into force on 7 November 2016. Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act: Codes of good practice: ICT sector November-2016 ___ [26 October 2016] The B-BBEE [...]

The (new) Department of Communications

October 15th, 2016|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[15 October 2016] Department of Communications Annual Report 2015/2016 Auditor General briefing on DoC Perfomance 2015/16 ___ [20 April 2016] Department of Communications Strategic Plan 2015.16 - 2019.20 ___ [8 August 2015] Annual Performance Plan 2015/16 - 2017/18 Strategic Plan Medium-Term Period 2015/16 – 2019/20 ___ [1 June 2015] The Portfolio Committee on Communications debated and then adopted [...]

New political arrangement: Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services + Department of Communications

August 12th, 2016|ICASA, policy, snippets|

[12 August 2016] One of the annexures in the court papers filed by the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services against ICASA as regards the Invitation to Apply published by the latter, is the Memorandum of Understanding entered into between the Minister of Communications and the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services setting out the basis [...]

African broadband policies

July 29th, 2016|policy, snippets|

[30 July 2016] Below is a set of links to ICT, Broadband and related policies adopted or in the process of being adopted by African governments. This is not a complete list (particularly as regards Francophone Africa) and we will work on building it up. Algeria Angola Botswana Cameroon Egypt (ICT Policy) Egypt (Broadband Policy) Ethiopia [...]

Regulation of OTT services / Net Neutrality in South Africa

March 16th, 2016|policy, snippets|

[16 March 2016] We have obtained a copy of the final report of the Portfolio Committee for Telecommunications and Postal Services on the discussion of possible regulation of OTTs hosted by the Committee on 26 January 2016. 20160308 PCTPS Final Report on OTTs It is noteworthy that the report is more in the form of [...]

Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy

February 1st, 2016|policy, snippets|

[1 February 2016] The Minister of Communications has gazetted a declaration of the performance period and start of the dual illumination period. The dual illumination period for the digital broadcasting signal in South Africa will commence on 1 February 2016. The end of the period is yet to be determined. Full text:  I, Azwihangwisi Faith Muthambi, [...]

Law reform: Children and pornography

November 21st, 2015|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[21 November 2015] Reminder that the submissions on this important document are due on Monday 30 November 2015. __ [18 August 2015] The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) has published an Issue Paper on Pornography and Children for public comment. Issue Paper 30 (Project 107) Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children Comment is due by [...]

Rapid deployment of electronic communications facilities

November 18th, 2015|access, policy, snippets|

[18 November 2015] >>It is great to see progress here and to be hoped it can be continued... ...unfortunately it appears not. ___ [15 August 2015] Analysys Mason have finalised the initial stages of their work and drafted a Discussion Paper on the Development of a Rapid Deployment Policy for Electronic Communications Infrastructure which has [...]

National ICT Consultative Forum

August 3rd, 2015|policy, snippets|

[3 August 2015] Nothing like a whiny post on an obscure blog to spur action :) Invitations have been despatched for follow-up meetings to the launch event and it looks like this initiative will live again come 17 August 2015. ___ [27 July 2015] Just noting for the record that nothing further has happened regarding [...]

ICT Policy Review Process

May 5th, 2015|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[5 May 2015] The ICT Panel of Experts has handed over its final report to the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele. The Minister has indicated that he anticipates that the review process will be finalised this year. Executive Summary National Integrated ICT Policy Review Report March 2015 National Integrated ICT Policy [...]

SMME development in the ICT sector

March 10th, 2015|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[10 March 2015] Let's try again... The new date for the two day ICT SMME workshop is Monday, 23 – Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg-Johannesburg. If you wish to attend email this confirmation slip to  ictsmmes@dtps.gov.za. ____ [3 December 2014] The proposed workshop has been postponed. According to the DTPS: [...]

DoC Broadcasting Policy Review

December 1st, 2014|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[1 December 2014] The deadline for submissions has been extended to 16 January 2015. Notice on DoC website ___ [13 November 2014]  The Department of Communications has called for written proposals on a new review of existing broadcasting policy. Call for Written Proposals on Broadcasting Policy Review November 2014 Minister's Statement on the Broadcasting Policy [...]

2014 Budget Vote on Communications

July 20th, 2014|policy, snippets|

[20 July 2014] Joint report of the Portfolio Committees on Communications and on Telecommunications and Postal Services on their deliberations on Budget Vote 27: Communications, and entities of the Department of Communications, dated 11 July 2014 Address by the Honourable Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele on the occasion of the Budget Vote [...]

Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) 15: Expanding Access to Communication Technology

July 11th, 2014|News, policy, snippets, universal Access|

[11 July 2014] The President has proclaimed 10 July 2014 as the date on which the Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014 came into force. Proclamation Commencement of the Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014 ___ [8 June 2014] The framework for SIP 15 and the other strategic integrated projects has been formalised through the [...]

Department of Communications / Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services 2014 Strategic Plan

July 4th, 2014|policy, snippets|

[4 July 2014] A joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees for the Department of Communications (DoC) and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DoTPS) was held on 1 July 2014. Or wasn't, given that the DoTPS does not yet exist. While it is obvious that the confusion caused by the new political institutional arrangement [...]

Strategy and Programme for the Department of Communications for the Period until the 2014 Elections

May 30th, 2014|policy, snippets|

[30 May 2014] The Minister has provided a final report on progress in meeting the objectives set out before the Portfolio Committee on 20 August 2013. Progress Report 20 May 2014 Industry remains astounded by this unprecedented accountability and it makes the decision to turn the current institutional arrangement on its head all the more difficult [...]

National Radio Frequency Spectrum Policy

May 28th, 2014|frequency, policy, snippets|

[28 May 2014] In one of his last acts as Minister of Communications,  Minister Carrim issued the below statement on broadband radio spectrum policy directives on 23 May 2014. The statement is an attempt at explaining the delays which have bedeviled the release of spectrum for the deployment of access networks in South Africa STATEMENT [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Act 2014

May 22nd, 2014|legislation, policy, snippets|

[22 May 2014] The Electronic Communications Amendment Act 1 of 2014 came into force on 21 May 2014. Proclamation of EC Amendment Act 1 of 2014 ___ [15 April 2014] Overview of the Electronic Communications Amendment Act 1 of 2014 __ [8 April 2014] The Electronic Communications Amendment Act 1 of 2014 was assented to by [...]

ICASA Amendment Act 2014

May 17th, 2014|legislation, policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[17 May 2014] The ICASA Amendment Act 2 of 2014 commenced on 16 May 2014 in terms of a proclamation signed by the President on 10 May 2014. Commencement of ICASA Amendment Act 2014 ___ [15 April 2014] Overview of the ICASA Amendment Act 2014 __ [8 April 2014] The ICASA Amendment Act 2 of 2014 [...]

National Broadband Policy 2013 – South Africa Connect: Creating Opportunities, Ensuring Inclusion

April 28th, 2014|policy, snippets, universal Access, universal Access|

Updates to this thread on the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services thread [28 April 2014] In a speech delivered to a meeting of SIP 15 on 24 April 2014 - We’re moving on broadband in difficult circumstances – but we need to be faster -  the Minister of Communications provided the following update on its progress [...]

National Integrated ICT Policy Green Paper

April 10th, 2014|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[10 April 2014] The Department of Communications will host roundtable discussions involving all those who made submissions to the Green Paper early in June. This will be by invitation only. Roundtable Session Date Time e-Services 02 June 2014 9am – 2pm Infrastructure & Services 03 June 2014 9am – 2pm Content 04 June 2014 9am [...]

National Broadband Council appointed

March 5th, 2014|policy, snippets|

[5 March 2014]  The National Broadband  Council (NBC) - intended to advise the Minister of Communications on the implementation of the South Africa Connect National Broadband Policy and Strategy, was launched on 4 March 2014. The following have been appointed to sit on the NBC: Dr. Sibusiso Sibisi (chairperson) Prof. Alison Gillwald (deputy chairperson) Prof. [...]

Timetable for implementation of new policy directives, implementation of Broadband Policy and amendment of the ECA and ICASA Act

February 15th, 2014|policy, snippets|

[15 February 2014] During a recent presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communications, the Department of Communications set out the below implementation timetable. This gives a clear indication of the nature of forthcoming policy directions to ICASA. Interventions     Time-lines Full implementation of Broadband Policy 2014-2017 Policy directive on Price Transparency July 2014 Consideration for Policy [...]

Draft ICT Policy Review Framework Paper published

April 25th, 2013|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[29 April 2013] We have prepared a summary / overview of the actual principles / objectives proposed and the questions raised. Overview of Proposed Principles in the ICT Policy Review Framework Paper April 2013 __ [25 April 2013] In keeping with its Outline for the ICT Policy Review Process, the Minister of Communications has published a [...]

Department of Communications Strategic Plan 2013-2018

April 1st, 2013|policy, snippets|

We have prepared an Overview of the  Department of Communications'  Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018 based on presentation made to Portfolio Committee on Communications 26 March 2013. Notes: 1. The 2012-2017 Strategic Plan & APP comprised of 5 Strategic Goals supported by 12 Strategic Objectives and 34 Targets for 2012/13. The 2013-2018 Strategic Plan & APP comprises [...]

Draft Policy Directions on high demand spectrum and the exploitation of the digital dividend

August 21st, 2012|frequency, News, policy, snippets|

[20140831] Just a note to confirm that this process was never concluded and should now be regarded as having been abandoned. Updated radio frequency spectrum policy remains outstanding. ___ [20120201] A notice was published in today's Government Gazette extending the period for comment to 29 February 2012. This will no doubt require ICASA to push out the [...]

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