SA Electricity Industry and the UK, NZ, Chile and Brazil

The challenge for all electricity sectors is to ensure an adequate supply of electricity at an affordable price. All countries have their own challenges, degrees of private sector involvement and of political intervention, but nowhere in the world is the system as archaic as in South Africa (SA).

Towards a New NPO Act

The fifth draft of the Draft NPO Policy Framework on the Amendments of the Nonprofit Organisations Act 71 of 1997 was issued to nonprofit organisations (NPOs) ahead of a consultative meeting in Johannesburg at the end of March 2014. The Nonprofit Organisations Directorate has clearly taken pains to address the concerns of civil society with this version of the framework, which recognises the valuable contribution and role of NPOs in building South Africa’s economy.

ICASA to Implement Termination Rate Cuts

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is expected to implement cuts to termination charges, the rates that cellphone users pay for calls between different networks from 1 April 2014.

The reduced rates follow a ruling by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg that ICASA could go ahead with its new regulations for six months, but must amend them in that time. 

Meanwhile, Telkom Mobile's Pieter Grootes says: "The effect of the judgement is that the cost to terminate a call on a mobile network will be reduced to 20 cents.”

ICASA Challenged Over Call Rates

Cellphone network operators, MTN and Vodacom, will continue to challenge the introduction of new asymmetrical call termination rates in the Johannesburg High Court.

However, Kate Hofmeyer, for Cell C, believed that if MTN and Vodacom were granted interim relief through the court suspending the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) 2014 regulations, this would result in the market being unregulated.

Call termination rates are rates that mobile operators have to pay one another for calls to other networks.

Zambian NGOs Refuse to Register

Four hundred and sixty Zambian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have resolved not to register under the NGO Act until all the necessary amendments on the proposed unconstitutional Act of 2009 are resolved.

Non Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC) chairperson, Beatrice Grillo, says the Act of 2009 is retrogressive and that it is not in the best interest of some civil society organisations (CSOs).

Grillo maintains that no genuine NGO is prepared to register under the Act in its current form.

Nonprofit Companies Need to File Annual Returns: CIPC De-Registration Clean-Up

If your organisation is a NonProfit Company (NPC) - formerly known as a Section 21 company, you need to check whether you or your auditors have been making and are up-to-date with ‘annual returns’ to Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).
According to the annual report recently tabled by CIPC they were planning a ‘bulk de-registration’ of non-compliant entities in the ‘foreseeable future’.

Govt Threatens to Deal With Unregistered NGOs

Zambia’s government has warned that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that fail to register under the current NGO Act risk being deregistered and will not be allowed to operate.
Community Development Mother and Child Health Minister, Joseph Katema, says that all NGOs should register under the current Act even if they had other licenses for them to be allowed to operate.

ICASA Slammed Over High Call Charges

South African MPs say that communications regulator - the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa- has been failing to perform and allowing mobile service companies to ‘rip off’ the poor.
Members of Parliament's labour and public enterprises select committee were briefed by ICASA on the high cost of broadband and cellphone calls.
According to the African National Congress, MP Livhuhani Mabija, says that the committee has been experiencing "a lot of problems with ICASA.


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