ICASA to Issue Mobile TV Licences

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is racing against time to issue mobile-television licences in time for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The move to will enable mobile television licence holder to deliver broadcasting of content via cellphones – following government’s commitment that there will be mobile-TV during the tournament.

ICASA councillor, Robert Nkuna, says there are two multiplexes (transmission of several TV channels on one frequency) that have been set aside for mobile-TV.

ICASA Slashes Interconnection Rates

ICASA has announced on Thursday that it will be slashing interconnection rates by 27 percent in July this year - from the current rate of 89 cents per minute to 65 cents.

ICASA also announced that a ‘glide path’ that will see the interconnect rate cut to 50 cents in July 2011 and 40 cents in July 2012.

In the same vein, telecoms analyst, Richard Hurst, from IDC research house has been quoted as saying that it is about time that ICASA shows it has some teeth. Hurst argues that the rate cut is positive news for South African consumers.

Cell C, Vodacom to Reduce Interconnection Rates

Cellphone operators Cell C and Vodacom have announced that they will lower their tariffs next month – despite the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s rejection of its proposals.

Cell C chief executive officer, Lars Reichelt, says that, “In the interest of consumers and the country, Cell C is committed to the lowering of interconnection rates by March 1 2010.

Mobile Phone Deal Is Illegal – Vadi

A proposed agreement by mobile operators to reduce interconnection rates is ‘legally indefensible’ and ‘wrong in law’. This is according to the chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on communications, Ismail Vadi.

Ismail Vadi says that the practical effect of the agreement will be to tie the hands of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and prevent it from discharging its lawful responsibilities.

NonProfit Sector Legislation Overview

The Nonprofit Consortium (NPC) has prepared a helpful resource entitled Legislation Relevant to the nonprofit Sector that can be used by nonprofit organisations to navigate the legal system and by government to streamline law as well as policy governing the nonprofit sector.

The legal system of a country can significantly impact on the vibrancy of its nonprofit sector. The South African legal system has rapidly developed since 1994 with a number of laws being relevant to the nonprofit sector.

NonProfit Regulation

State Of Regulation of the Non-Profit Sector in SA: Cumbersome Framework Creates Blockages for NGOs,Tessa Brewis, NPO Law Programme Manager of the Non-Profit Consortium (NPC) argues that the unwieldy bureaucracy associated with the non-profit regulatory framework in South Africa creates practical challenges for cash-strapped organisations seeking to become more formal in line with donor requirements.


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