Workshops in respect of the review of the regulatory framework governing the community broadcasting services sector

Johannesburg – The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is conducting workshops in different areas across nine (9) provinces to solicit input on the Draft Regulations. The workshops are scheduled to take place from 15 May 2018 to 6 June 2018. 

This follows the publication of the Findings Document in respect of a process to review the framework governing the community broadcasting services sector. This publication of the findings document has also culminated into the draft regulations for the review of the community broadcasting services sector.

ICASA is therefore calling on all interested stakeholders, civic organisations and the public at large to participate in these workshops and make their written submissions on the draft regulations in order to assist the Authority to come up with an informed regulation put together in the public interest. 

The review of the community broadcasting framework will address known and unknown shortcomings in the regulatory and operational environment of the community broadcasting services sector. The envisaged outcomes of the review include, but not limited to, streamlining the community broadcasting related regulations, a review of the community broadcasting licensing framework, as well as operational guidelines for the community broadcasting services sector. 

“The community broadcasting sector continues to experience challenges relating to, among others, governance, mismanagement or lack of proper management and lack of business ethos. This process is an important intervention on the part of ICASA to ensure the smooth-running of the sector and to bring the necessary changes that will see the sector being regulated in the public and community interest,” says Councillor Botlenyana Mokhele. 

Mokhele further encouraged full participation in the regulation-making process so that all matters of concern for the sector can be fully addressed. “It would be great to see people coming in their numbers to these workshops and making detailed submissions to the draft regulations. Community broadcasters are also urged to take part in these process because they have direct impact on their operations and compliance. The workshops therefore present an opportunity for them to raise any issues they feel ICASA must address to make the sector work better,” concluded Mokhele.

The findings document and the draft regulations are available on this link.

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For all media enquiries please contact:

Paseka Maleka

011 566 3455

079 509 0702

pmaleka@icasa.org.za


Access the list of confirmed venues on the following link. The list will be updated to include other provinces in due course.

UPCOMING WORSHOPS

25 May 2018

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Port Elizabeth

Protea Hotel Marine

Address: Marine Dr, Port Elizabeth, 6001 

Phone:041 583 2101

Kimberly

The Kimberley Club

Address: 42 Currey St, Kimberley, 8300

Phone: 053 832 4224

28 May 2018

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Bethlehem

Lavender Hills

Address: N5 Bethlehem-kestell Phone: 058 303 1673

Witbank

Phumlani Lodge and Conferencing

Address: 40 Duncan St, Witbank, Emalahleni, 1035 

Phone: 013 656 0056

29 May 2018

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Kroonstad

Arcadia Guest House

Address: 8 Kraalkop Smallholdings

Phone: 082 809 2191

Nelspruit

Mercure Nelspruit Hotel

Address: Corner &, Bitterbessie Street, Nelspruit, 1211 

Phone: 013 741 4222

30 May 2018

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Bloemfontein

Protea Bloemfontein Nelson Mandela

Address: 202 Nelson Mandela Dr, Brandwag, Bloemfontein 

Phone: 051 444 4321

31 May 2018

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Ermelo

Ermelo Inn 

Address: CRNR Kerk & Fourie Streets, 2351 

Phone: 017 811 2315

01 June 2018

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Secunda

Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club

Address: 1 eMbalenhle Road, Secunda, 2302 

Phone: 017 620 1000

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