ICASA appoints four new councillors

April 11th, 2016, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: EngineerIT

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has appointed four new councillors: Botlenyana (Botle) Mokhele, Paris Mashile, Peter Zimri and Keabetswe Modimoeng. The new councillors were sworn in by Judge de Villiers on Thursday, 7 April 2016, at the ICASA offices in Sandton.

In a statement, the Authority said the appointment of new councillors comes after a rigorous process by the Portfolio Committee on Communications which began in February 2014. ICASA now has seven councillors in office.

Twelve names were shortlisted in May 2015, and then cut to seven. The new councillors are filling vacancies created by communications minister Faith Muthambi when she did not renew the contracts of William Currie, Joseph Lebooa, William Stucke and Ntombizodwa Ndhlovu. Councillor Marcia Socikwa had resigned before her term of office expired.

Paris Mashile and Peter Zimri are both industry veterans who have a history with the regulator, with Mashile being a former ICASA board chairperson. Zimri is a frequency spectrum specialist, and was senior manager for spectrum at the authority between 2002 and 2004. Following his two-year tenure at ICASA, Zimri served as director at the then Department of Communications (DoC) for three years. Until recently he worked for Neotel. He also serves on various SABS communications related technical committees.

Mokhele is a principal consultant at Pygma Consulting, She has extensive experience in the ICT sector, specialising in media and broadcasting policy. Before becoming a consultant at Pygma, she was the acting chief director in the office of the DG at the DoC. Prior to this she was the chief director 2010 Broadcasting, monitoring the implementation of the government’s ICT guarantees for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Prior to her engagement by the DoC she was the deputy executive director of the National Association of Broadcasters and manager, Broadcasting Policy Research and Development at ICASA. During her tenure in both positions she contributed towards a number of broadcasting policy and ICT legislative processes, including the Electronic Communications Act; the ICASA Amendment Act; SA national positions for the ITU RRC06 conference; and the Digital Migration Working Group.

Modimoeng was a business and labour journalist at the Sunday Times before working in communications for a number of big corporates. He currently sits on the board of the South African Weather Service and was previously shortlisted for a spot on the SABC board. He is a member of the Industry Advisory Board, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg. The function of the Industry Advisory Board is to assist the department in evaluating the contents of the electrical and electronic engineering science programmes offered by the university.

From October 2011 to January 2015 he was with Samsung South Africa, where he was responsible for the strategic implementation of public affairs programmes across Africa. This included creating shared value, corporate social responsibility and government relations.

According to the ICASA Act, candidates for councillor must have suitable qualifications, expertise and experience in the fields of (among others) broadcasting, electronic communications and postal policy or operations, public policy development, electronic engineering, law, IT, content in any form, consumer protection, education, economics, finance or any other relevant expertise or qualifications.

Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi has welcomed the appointments and has expressed her confidence in their experience and abilities to steer ICASA towards achieving operational excellence as they begin their four year term. “These councillors are capable leaders. Their appointments come at a crucial time, when the industry is going through the technological innovative cycle. I believe that with their vast experience in the sector, they are the right people to guide ICASA and ensure that it fulfils its mandate, while also incorporating good governance,” the minister said.


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