ICASA paid but lack of new policy turns SA’s world of communications topsy-turvy

Withholding ICASA’s quarterly funding, withdrawing the draft ECA Amendment Bill and negating on the promise to publish a revised communications policy by 30 April is turning plans for South Africa’s broadband and communications for all in disarray! After ICASA told South Africa on Tuesday (29 April) that it would take the Minister of Communications to […]

Minister of Comms dumps ICASA into a financial crisis

Yesterday (29 April), the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) filed an urgent interdict in the Pretoria High Court to compel the Minister of Communications, Thembisile Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, to release the quarterly funding which was due to ICASA in early April. The Minister had instructed the Department of Communications to withhold payment because she […]

South Africa to host WEF C4IR

South Africa and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have signed a host government accord to establish an affiliate centre of the WEF’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre (C4IR). The WEF established the C4IR in San Francisco in the USA in March 2017, as a hub for global, multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations […]

Amateur radio societies concerned about the HF noise floor

The International Amateur Radio Union and many of its member societies are expressing serious concerns about the increasing high frequency (HF) spectrum noise floor and are making their voices heard. It was in June 2016 that the world started taking note, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) office of engineering and technology technical advisory council […]