Icasa will hold public hearings to review regulations in ICT sector. Photo: File
DURBAN - The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has announced that they will hold public hearings to review BBBEE regulations.

An Icasa statement in the Government Gazette said that the Authority "hereby gives notice of the public hearings in relation to the review and development
of the Authority position on Historically Disadvantaged Persons and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment"

The hearings which will be held between the 16th and 17th of May will be held in Sandton and Icasa has invited companies in the ICT sector like MTN, Cell C, Vodacom and Kagiso Media to make presentations.

In a document that was released in March, the authority said that they were intending on conducting an inquiry in terms of section 4B of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act, 2000 (‘ICASA Act’) (Act no. 13 of 2000), as amended.

The document stated that the purpose of the inquiry was:

1. To determine how the Authority should approach the implementation the ICT Sector Code in light of the existing Historically Disadvantaged Groups/Individuals (‘HDG/I’) ownership requirements.

2. To determine how the Authority can promote Broad-Based Economic Empowerment (‘BBBEE’), and equity ownership of HDG’s as required in terms of sections 9 and 13 of the Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (‘ECA’) (Act No.36 of 2005), as amended.

In 2017 the Authority announced that they were considering increasing the present BEE equity requirements above 30% and seeing if current regulations needed to be changed to ensure that the standard was being met properly.

Icasa in Juanary confirmed that it will investigate subscription TV company Multichoice, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.

This followed a complaint lodged by the DA in November last year requesting that Icasa conduct an inquiry into payments made by Multichoice to ANN7 and the SABC, allegedly in exchange for political influence over government policy on digital migration in its favour, DA spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said.