The Portfolio Committee on Communications has concluded the process of interviewing candidates for the ICASA Council. Picture: ANA

JOHANNESBURG - The Portfolio Committee on Communications has concluded the process of interviewing candidates for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Council.

The Committee shortlisted 15 candidates on August 25 but interviewed 13 candidates due to the withdrawal of Prof Onkaetse Mmusi and Mr Themba Phiri.

The interviewed candidates were Ms Thembeka Simane, Mr Andrew Phetho, Adv Cawekazi Mahlati, Ms Natalie-Ann Delport, Dr Mashilo Boloka, Ms Nomonde Gongxeka-Seope, Mr Rubben Mohlaloga, Mr Thabo Makhakhe, Mr Peter Hlapolosa, Ms Lulama Mokhobo, Mr Ashraf Patel, Ms Kate Skinner and Mr Phosa Mashangoane.  

Members of the Committee posed questions on various issues relating to regulation, governance, legislation, ethics, broadcast licenses, digital migration and challenges that may be faced by ICASA councillors in executing their fiduciary duties.

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The Committee is encouraged by the calibre of candidates that were interviewed today and by the level of experience possessed by the candidates.  The Committee would like to thank all candidates for availing themselves for the interviews.

The next step for the Committee would be to deliberate on the interviews and recommend the successful candidates to the National Assembly for adoption.