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Comment on White Paper on Audio and Audiovisual Content Services Extended

November 27, 2020

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies

Comment on the Draft White Paper on Audio and Audiovisual Content Services Policy Framework: A New Vision for South Africa 2020 has been extended.

The communications and digital technologies department announced the extension in Government Gazette 43938.

The Draft White Paper was published for comment in Gazette 43797 on 9 October 2020.

Speaking in October 2020 on progress made by the department, the communications and digital technologies minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, emphasized that the Draft White Paper seeks to create an enabling environment for the provision of inclusive audio and audiovisual content services to all South Africans in a manner that promotes socio-economic development and investment.

It also “proposes new policy and regulatory changes and recommendations intended to reposition the audio-visual media sectors for future growth and promote investments”.

The Draft White Paper focuses on the evolving audio and audiovisual content services landscape in South Africa; licence framework and thresholds for audio and audiovisual content services; public broadcasting in the new policy framework; content regulation of audio and audiovisual content services; support of domestic audio and audiovisual production and creative industries sector; ownership, plurality, competition and investment and developing human capital, digital skills and digital media literacy.

The proposed policy changes in the Draft White Paper will “align South Africa’s policy, legislative and regulatory framework with the 4IR and promote investment in the audio and audiovisual content industries, repositioning the industry for further growth, and encourage investment, capital, infrastructure and skills development”.

The Draft White Paper also seeks to create a new policy environment in which the sector can grow in a manner that ensures access to broadcasting services by all citizens; creates certainty and stability by improving regulatory capacity; facilitates competition and allows market entry by new entrants and strengthens the public broadcaster.

Comment is now invited until 15 February 2021.