Activists say ICASA’s shutting down of community radio stations are an attempt to “violate democratic values”

Africa’s oldest community radio station project has called on government to uphold its commitments to the community radio sector, as the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced plans to shut down dozens of local stations On Friday, 18 October 2019, the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) held an[…]

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Consumers can roll over unused data, says Icasa

The telecommunications regulator says service providers MTN‚ Vodacom and Cell C must provide an option to roll over unused data‚ ending the frustration of customers losing unused data after 30 days. The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) made the announcement in Sandton on Thursday when it released its review[…]

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Icasa expected to discuss SABC protest ban in Parliament

Icasa is expected to meet Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications on Tuesday to discuss its ruling on the SABC’s ban on broadcasting violent protests. During the sitting the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is expected to discuss the monitoring of the implementation of its compliance and complaints committee[…]

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Minister Siyabonga Cwele threatens to sue Icasa

Telecoms and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele plans suing a local communications regulator over its auctioning off of spectrum for high-speed broadband. In a surprise move, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) this month invited applicants to apply for 700MHz, 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum licences. Mobile networks such[…]

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More protests planned against SABC

The Right2Know Campaign and SOS Coalition are on Wednesday expected to discuss staging a protest outside ANC headquarters Luthuli House in response developments at the SABC. The public planning meeting comes after Icasa on Monday ordered the SABC to withdraw its decision not to air footage of the destruction of[…]

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SABC can’t be a bull in a china shop, says ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday said defying the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) did not make the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) a “better public broadcaster”. The SABC rejected Icasa’s recommendation on Monday that it lift its unilateral ban on showing footage of violent protests. Reacting to[…]

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Icasa orders SABC to scrap protest footage ban

Communications regulator Icasa has ordered the SABC to withdraw its resolution to not air violent public protests on television news. SABC chairman Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe was directed to confirm in writing within seven calendar days that Icasa’s order has been complied with. Failure to do so could result in the[…]

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Porn channel appeal application denied

An order to remit a decision on the licensing of three pay porn channels back to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) was upheld in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. Judge Lee Bozalek said he was correct in ruling that Icasa re-consider its decision to licence On[…]

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