[28 April 2021] ICASA has published its review of the ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations for public comment.

Draft ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations

ICASA publishes a Call for Comments on the ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations

Submissions are due by 16h00 on 7 May 2021 and may be sent to Mr Davis Kgosimolao Moshweunyane per email covid19regulations@icasa.org.za.

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[10 April 2021] ICASA has published its annual review of the South African ICT sector.

State of the ICT Sector Report March 2021

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[8 April 2021] ICASA and the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see both regulators collaborating and sharing ideas on matters of mutual interest. The full media release can be found at the link below:

ICASA Media Statement

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[25 March 2021] ICASA will be hosting a virtual workshop with licensees, electronic communications manufacturers and other interested stakeholders to discuss ways to manage the type-approval and installation of cell extenders in the country. The virtual workshop will be held via MS Teams starting at 12h00 on 31 March 20201. Further details can be found at the link below:

ICASA conducts a workshop on the management of cell extenders in SA

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[12 February 2021] ICASA has appointed five new members to the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) due to the terms ending of former members in December 2020. The new members are:

  • Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa (Chairperson)
  • Mr Paris Mashile
  • Ms Ngwako Molewa
  • Mr Peter Hlapolosa
  • Mr Thato Mahapa

ICASA media release

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[27 November 2020] ICASA will be conducting compliance monitoring inspections of licensees via online platforms in order to mitigate the risk to employees and licensees due to the current Covid-19 situation. Further details can be found in the media release below:

ICASA conducts online inspections to ensure monitoring and enforcement

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[23 November 2020] ICASA’s head office and regional offices are now open for regular business operations since the lockdown-related closure in May of this year. Please see the below press release for further details:

Media release: ICASA offices are open for regular business operations

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[30 August 2020] The Minister has confirmed the appointment of Mr Zolani Matthews, bringing ICASA’s Council to a full complement of nine.

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[24 August 2020] Five new and returning ICASA Councillors commence four-year terms today. These appointments are welcome – particularly those of Dr Modimoeng (in our view ICASA’s best chairperson to date) and Mr Zimri, both of whom are expected to drive the high-demand spectrum licensing process to a conclusion.

The five appointees are:

  • Dr. Keabetswe Modimoeng – appointed Chairperson of ICASA (second term, five years).
  • Mr Peter Zimri (second term)
  • Adv. Luthando Mkumathela
  • Ms Yolisa Kedama
  • Dr. Charles Lewis

Newly-appointed ICASA Council members take oath of office

Appointment of ICASA Councillors

There are now 8 out of 9 Councillors in office.

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[9 July 2020] ICASA and the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement, providing for the exchange of information and expertise between the entities as relevant to their respective mandates. It further establishes a framework for regulations related to electronic communications, to be informed and supported by measurement science (metrology).

ICASA and NMISA Declare a collaboration on various functions by signing an MOU

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[3 June 2020] ICASA presented its Strategic Plan for the next five years and Annual Performance Plan (APP) for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 to the Portfolio Committee for Communications on 16 May 2020.

ICASA Strategic Plan 2020/2025

ICASA Annual Performance Plan 2020/21

ICASA Presentation APP 2020/21 (16 May 2020)

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[29 May 2020] ICASA has released a media statement detailing their working arrangements to be followed during Alert Level 3.

Media Release: ICASA operations during Alert Level-3 Lockdown

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[26 March 2020] ICASA has released a media statement detailing their working arrangements to be followed during the lockdown period with an indication that updates will be provided via the ICASA website and various social media channels.

Media Release: ICASA announces working arrangements to be undertaken during the lockdown period

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[19 March 2020] ICASA has issued a request to licensees to consider offering discounted or free data to ensure South Africans have access to electronic communications during the state of disaster declared by the President. They have also outlined some steps that they may take to facilitate continued and/or expanded service provision.

ICASA engages with licensees to open their services to all South Africans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

[18 March 2020] ICASA is reviewing their day to day business to align themselves accordingly in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and has released a media statement detailing the measures being taken:

Media Release: ICASA is reviewing how it conducts its business amidst the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic

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[13 February 2020] Interim report of the Portfolio Committee on Communications on the filling of five vacancies in the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Council

The following 20 persons have been shortlisted for interviews to fill the 5 vacancies:

  • Ms Botlenyana Mokhele
  • Mr Peter Zimri
  • Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng
  • Mr Edmund Baloyi
  • Ms Yolisa Kedama
  • Mr Ashraf Patel
  • Mr Sipho Tsotetsi
  • Ms Sandisiwe Ncemane
  • Ms Zamokuhle Khanyile
  • Mr Junior Khumalo
  • Dr Charles Lewis
  • Mr Zolani Matthews
  • Ms Dikeledi Mushi
  • Ms Nompucuko Nontombana
  • Mr Lebogang Bopalamo
  • Mr Kenilworth Choeu
  • Ms Amanda Cuba
  • Adv Luthando Mkumatela
  • Mr Phosa Mashangoane
  • Mr Linden Petzer

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[5 February 2020] The Department of Communications provided detail of the performance management system (PMS) to be applied to ICASA’s Council, Chairperson and Councillors.

ICASA Performance Management System Presentation 4 February 2020

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[5 July 2019] ICASA presented its Annual Performance Plan (APP) for the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 to the Portfolio Committee for Communications on 3 July 2019.

ICASA Presentation APP 2019-20FY 3 July 2019

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[1 November 2018] ICASA 2017/2018 Annual Report

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[20 September 2018] ICASA is relocating its head office from Sandton to Centurion between 26 and 29 October 2018. The new contact details will be:

Physical Address: 350 Witch-Hazel Avenue, Eco Point Office Park, Eco Park, Centurion, Gauteng
Telephone: 012 568 3000

Letter to stakeholders

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[18 August 2018] ICASA has released Guidelines for a Confidentiality Request in terms of s4D of the ICASA Act. It is indicated that this document explains the processes followed by ICASA for s4D confidentiality requests, and it is intended to provide guidance to ICASA staff and inform the public of ICASA’s policies and procedures in this regard. It is specifically stated that the guidelines are not regulations, nor are they legally enforceable, nor do they create any legal rights or impose any legally binding requirements/obligations on ICASA or the public.

The document specifies what information should accompany a request for confidentiality, specifically the identification of the confidential information and a statement/explanation justifying why the information should be treated as confidential. Some guidance is provided for the categories of confidentiality listed in s4D of the ICASA Act.

ICASA may refuse a request for confidentiality where the information is in the public domain or is required to be disclosed by law/court order. Any determination by ICASA to refuse confidentiality must be accompanied by reasons for same, and the applicant is allowed to withdraw the confidential information at that time. While ICASA’s decision on a confidentiality request is final and binding, an applicant may take this decision on review to a court of competent jurisdiction in terms of section 3(5) of the ICASA Act.

The Guidelines include a Form to Request for Confidentiality in terms of Section 4D of the ICASA Act, which is to be completed and submitted to ICASA for all requests for confidentiality in terms of s4D of the ICASA Act.

ICASA Guidelines for confidentiality requests under Section 4D

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[6 May 2018] The Minister of Communications has called for nominations for an evaluation panel charged with evaluating the performance of ICASA’s chairperson and councillors and reporting to the National Assembly.

Public nominations for persons to serve as members of the Evaluation Panel for the ICASA Council

Terms of Reference ICASA Evaluation Panel

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[19 April 2018] ICASA Presentation: 2018/2019 Annual Report

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[31 October 2017] ICASA 2016/2017 Annual Report

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[19 October 2017] ICASA Presentation Annual Report 2016/17

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[21 May 2012] ICASA Annual Performance Plan 2013-2015

ICASA presented its Annual Performance Plan for the MTEF Period 2013-2015 to the Portfolio Committee on Communications on 17 April 2012. This document sets out ICASA’s strategic objectives and the tasks which it plans to undertake to achieve these.

We have prepared an overview focussing on electronic communications (i.e. not postal services and broadcasting) – Overview of ICASA’s Planned Activities 2013-2015 May 2012.

Obviously this is a plan and there will be slippage, particularly where ICASA is dependent on another player such as the Minister of Communications, finalising its work before ICASA can begin theirs.

Annual Performance Plan for the MTEF Period 2013-2015

Powerpoint Presentation on Annual Performance Plan for the MTEF period 2013-2015 (17 April 2012)

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ICASA has made available their Annual Report for the period ending 31 March 2011. The Report details ICASA’s efforts and progress over the last year in the South African regulatory environment.

See below for some of the more noteworthy regulatory statistics from the past year.

Frequency Issues and Type Approval

Legal and the CCC

Service Licensing

Consumer Affairs

Click here for access to the full 2010/2011 report