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Comment Sought on South African Broadcasting Corporation Bill

July 19, 2021

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies

A draft bill designed to regulate the continued existence of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been drawn up.

The communications and digital technologies department published the Draft South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd Bill in Government Gazette 44865 for comment.

Cabinet approved the draft bill for public consultation at the end of June 2021.

In a statement, cabinet pointed out that the draft bill aims to strengthen the efficiency of the operations of the public broadcaster.

The draft bill also proposes the streamlining of the SABC Board that will strengthen its responsibilities and accountability.

It also proposes reforms in the SABC’s funding model and the TV licensing system.

The draft bill aims to:

• repeal the Broadcasting Act of 1999 (Act No. 4 of 1999);
• regulate the continued existence of the South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd;
• provide for its governance and staff; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

Comment is invited until 31 August 2021.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 44851, the Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) invites comment on applications from Gijima Group Limited for the transfer of its Individual Electronic Communications Service (“I-ECS”) and Individual Electronic Communications Network Service (“I-ECNS”) licences to Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

Written representations are invited within 14 days of the date of publication.

In Gazette 44852, ICASA invites comment on an application from Primedia (PTY) Ltd on behalf of its radio station Cape Talk (PTY) Ltd for an amendment of its Individual Commercial Sound Broadcasting Service (“I-CSBS”) licence.

Comment is invited within 14 days of the date of publication.