regulation http://www.ngopulse.org/term/feed/1017/0 en USAASA Calls for Cheaper Data Costs http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/usaasa-calls-cheaper-data-costs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mobile services are meaningless if they are not affordable, argues USAASA </div> </div> </div> <p>The Universal Services and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) says mobile services are meaningless if they are not affordable.<br /> <br /> USAASA spokesperson, Khulekani Ntshangase, points out that, &quot;To attain the goals of universal access and service to ICT [information and communication technology], the country needs to ensure that prices should be affordable.&quot;<br /> </p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-source"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fin 24 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/usaasa-calls-cheaper-data-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> affordability regulation telecoms Governance and democracy Technology Community Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:27:37 +0000 Intern 38364 at http://www.ngopulse.org ICASA’s Possible U-turn on Call Rates http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/icasa-s-possible-u-turn-call-rates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ICASA may reconsider planned cuts for 2015 and 2016 in the amount mobile operators charge each other to use their networks, says Maleka </div> </div> </div> <p>South Africa&#39;s telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) says it may reconsider planned cuts for 2015 and 2016 in the amount mobile operators charge each other to use their networks.<br /> <br /> ICASA spokesperson, Paseka Maleka, points out that, &quot;In this case, we may review 2015 and 2016 mainly in trying to avert a very lengthy legal challenge.&rdquo;<br /> </p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-source"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fin 24 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/icasa-s-possible-u-turn-call-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> rates regulation telecoms Economic justice Governance and democracy Technology Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:46:55 +0000 Intern 37915 at http://www.ngopulse.org Zambian Govt Blamed Over NGO Registration http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/zambian-govt-blamed-over-ngo-registration <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ZSCD has charged that government is wasting time by once again extending the registration for non-governmental organisations in Zambia </div> </div> </div> <p>The Zambia Council for Social Development (ZSCD) has charged that government is wasting time by once again extending the registration for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country.<br /> <br /> Government has again extended the registration period for NGOs by sixty days effective 4th February to 5 May 2014.<br /> <br /> ZCSD executive secretary, Lewis Mwape, points out that mainstream NGOs in the country will never register under the NGO Act and that government&rsquo;s extension of the deadline is a sheer waste of time.<br /> </p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-source"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lusaka Times </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/zambian-govt-blamed-over-ngo-registration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> governance ngos regulation Civil society Governance and democracy Home page Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:24:50 +0000 Intern 37797 at http://www.ngopulse.org Zambia Speaks Out on NGO Act http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/zambia-speaks-out-ngo-act <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Zambian Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health waits for correspondence from the Ministry of Justice on the implementation of the Non-Governmental Organisation Act </div> </div> </div> <p>The Zambian Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health says it is still awaiting correspondence from the Ministry of Justice on the implementation of the Non-Governmental Organisation Act of 2009.<br /> <br /> The ministry&rsquo;s deputy Minister, Jean Kapata, says the response from the Ministry of Justice would determine the fate of all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have rejected to register under the Act.<br /> </p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-source"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lusaka Times </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/zambia-speaks-out-ngo-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ngos politics regulation Civil society Governance and democracy NGO Management Home page Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:13:48 +0000 Intern 37598 at http://www.ngopulse.org Ban on NGOs in Zim Lifted http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/ban-ngos-zim-lifted <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ban on aid bodies in Masvingo, Zimbabwe has been lifted - government appeals to NGOs to resume operations there </div> </div> </div> <p>A ban on aid bodies in Zimbabwe&rsquo;s Masvingo province has been lifted, and government is appealing to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to resume operations there.<br /> <br /> Former provincial governor, Titus Maluleke, ordered the discontinuation of 29 NGOs, which provided food to desperate families in Masvingo, accusing them of engaging in political activity.<br /> <br /> However, Minister of Provincial Affairs, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, has announced the cancellation of the ban, arguing that the government cannot feed all the starving people in the province on its own.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-source"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mail and Guardian </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/ban-ngos-zim-lifted" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aid ngos politics poverty regulation Civil society Governance and democracy Poverty Home page Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:30:04 +0000 Intern 36484 at http://www.ngopulse.org ICASA Plans to Cut Call Rates http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/icasa-plans-cut-call-rates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ICASA proposes a cut of up to 75 percent in mobile phone fees </div> </div> </div> <p>The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) proposed a cut of up to 75 percent over the next three years in the fees mobile phone companies can charge competitors to use their network.<br /> <br /> ICASA has released its draft call termination regulations, significantly reducing the cellphone rates of some networks.<br /> </p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-source"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fin 24 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/icasa-plans-cut-call-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> governance pricing regulation telecommunications Economic justice Governance and democracy Technology Home page Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:10:44 +0000 Intern 34373 at http://www.ngopulse.org ICASA to Implement Termination Rate Cuts http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/icasa-implement-termination-rate-cuts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ICASA to implement cuts to termination charges from 1 April 2014 </div> </div> </div> <p>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.<br /> <br /> 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.&nbsp;<br /> </p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-source"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SABC News </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/icasa-implement-termination-rate-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> rates regulation telecoms Governance and democracy Technology Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:09:31 +0000 Intern 38236 at http://www.ngopulse.org ICASA Challenged Over Call Rates http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/icasa-challenged-over-call-rates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mobile operators to continue challenging the introduction of new asymmetrical call termination rates in court </div> </div> </div> <p>Cellphone network operators, MTN and Vodacom, will continue to challenge the introduction of new asymmetrical call termination rates in the Johannesburg High Court.<br /> <br /> 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&rsquo;s (ICASA) 2014 regulations, this would result in the market being unregulated.<br /> <br /> Call termination rates are rates that mobile operators have to pay one another for calls to other networks.<br /> </p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-source"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fin 24 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/icasa-challenged-over-call-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> governance mobiles regulation Economic justice Governance and democracy Technology Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:20:35 +0000 Intern 38221 at http://www.ngopulse.org Zambian NGOs Refuse to Register http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/zambian-ngos-refuse-register <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zambian NGOs resolve not to register under the controversial NGO Act until all the necessary amendments on the proposed unconstitutional Act of 2009 are resolved </div> </div> </div> <p>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.<br /> <br /> 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).<br /> <br /> Grillo maintains that no genuine NGO is prepared to register under the Act in its current form.<br /> </p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-source"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lusaka Times </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/zambian-ngos-refuse-register" target="_blank">read more</a></p> governance ngos regulation Civil society Governance and democracy NGO Management Home page Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:23:23 +0000 Intern 37315 at http://www.ngopulse.org Vodacom and MTN Put Profits Before People http://www.ngopulse.org/article/vodacom-and-mtn-put-profits-people <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ICASA&rsquo;s new regulations will effectively give mobile customers lower rates, and firms&#39; complaints against it show greed, says Fairweather </div> </div> </div> I often wonder if certain captains of industries are entirely disconnected from reality. It is the only thing that can explain the breathtaking gall of Vodacom chief executive, Shameel Joosub, who complained publicly that new regulations would cost his company R1 billion in 2015, threatening to sue as a result.<br /><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-refers-to-image"> <div class="field-label">Additional article images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.ngopulse.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/default_thumbnail/images/2014/vodacoomm.png" alt="" title="" width="180" height="110" class="imagecache imagecache-default_thumbnail"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-refers-to-person"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Author(s):&nbsp;</div> <a href="/person/alistair-fairweather">Alistair Fairweather</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/article/vodacom-and-mtn-put-profits-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.ngopulse.org/article/vodacom-and-mtn-put-profits-people#comments mobiles pricing regulation Economic justice Technology Home page Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:58:13 +0000 Adam 37015 at http://www.ngopulse.org