Icasa to review BEE regulations in ICT sector

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

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