regulation http://www.ngopulse.org/term/feed/1017/0 en Judgment Reserved on Porn Channels http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/judgment-reserved-porn-channels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Cape High Court reserves judgment on whether the decision to licence three porn pay channels should be reviewed </div> </div> </div> <p>The Western Cape High Court has reserved judgment on whether the decision to licence three porn pay channels should be reviewed.<br /> <br /> The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA), Cause for Justice, and Doctors for Life argue on why the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) erred in licencing the channels.<br /> <br /> Digital Media (operating as Top TV and later StarSat) was granted three licences in April to broadcast Playboy TV, Desire TV, and Brazzers, subject to conditions.<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"> IOL News </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/judgment-reserved-porn-channels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> broadcasting Civil society Home page Media ngos pornography regulation Civil society Media Home page Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:14:48 +0000 Intern 42514 at http://www.ngopulse.org ICASA Reviews Proposed New Call Termination Rates http://www.ngopulse.org/newsflash/icasa-reviews-proposed-new-call-termination-rates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ICASA starts the process of reviewing its proposed new call termination rates </div> </div> </div> <p>The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) says it has started the process of reviewing its proposed new call termination rates.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> ICASA spokesperson, Paseka Malekathe, says in order to do the process in a transparent and fair manner, questionnaires will be sent to every licensee to seek information for the review.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> ICASA, which was given six months by the court to amend its regulations, has given the licensees are required to submit responses to ICASA by 13 June 2014.<br /> &nbsp;</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-reviews-proposed-new-call-termination-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Governance and democracy mobiles regulation Technology telecommunications termination rates Governance and democracy Technology Fri, 23 May 2014 10:21:03 +0000 Intern 39547 at http://www.ngopulse.org 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 Community Governance and democracy regulation Technology 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> Economic justice Governance and democracy rates regulation Technology 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> Civil society governance Governance and democracy Home page 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> Civil society Governance and democracy Home page NGO Management 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 Civil society Governance and democracy Home page ngos politics poverty 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> Economic justice governance Governance and democracy Home page pricing regulation Technology telecommunications Economic justice Governance and democracy Technology Home page Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:10:44 +0000 Intern 34373 at http://www.ngopulse.org SA Electricity Industry and the UK, NZ, Chile and Brazil http://www.ngopulse.org/article/sa-electricity-industry-and-uk-nz-chile-and-brazil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The author focuses on electricity-related challenges in South Africa while comparing with those of other countries and suggests possible ways in which the country could bring down the cost of electricity&nbsp; </div> </div> </div> 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).<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/aasq85a4a7a.jpg" alt="" title="" width="180" height="131" 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/lisa-harraway">Lisa Harraway</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/article/sa-electricity-industry-and-uk-nz-chile-and-brazil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.ngopulse.org/article/sa-electricity-industry-and-uk-nz-chile-and-brazil#comments Economic justice electricity energy Environment Home page pricing regulation Economic justice Environment Home page Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:19:31 +0000 Adam 41069 at http://www.ngopulse.org Towards a New NPO Act http://www.ngopulse.org/article/towards-new-npo-act <div class="field field-type-text field-field-item-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In this article, the author takes a quick look at the latest version of the Draft NPO Policy Framework on the Amendments of the Nonprofit Organisations Act and possible implications for the sector </div> </div> </div> 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. <a href="http://www.npo.gov.za/" target="_blank">The Nonprofit Organisations Directorate</a> 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&rsquo;s economy.<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/2012/eedrfere.jpg" alt="" title="" width="180" height="135" class="imagecache imagecache-default_thumbnail"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.ngopulse.org/article/towards-new-npo-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.ngopulse.org/article/towards-new-npo-act#comments Civil society Governance and democracy Home page NPO Act npos regulation Civil society Governance and democracy Home page Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:44:44 +0000 Adam 38731 at http://www.ngopulse.org