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Draft Unreserved Postal Services Regulations Drawn Up

October 2, 2019

Independent Communications Authority

2 October 2019

Comment is sought on Draft Unreserved Postal Services Regulations.

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) published the draft regulations in Government Gazette 42725.

The aim of the proposed regulations is to set out the prescribed procedure for the application, renewal, notification for change of information, and the surrender of the registration certificate for the provision of unreserved postal services; fees payable for the application of an unreserved postal services and renewal of a certificate for the provision of unreserved postal services; the duration of validity of the registration certificate, obligation on third party contracting and penalties applicable for the contraventions of the regulations.

The draft regulations apply to registered operators who provide unreserved postal services.

Detail is provided on the application for a registration certificate; minimum operating standards; customer complaints procedures; application for the renewal of a registration certificate; change of information; fees payable, fees increase; third party contracting; surrender of a registration certificate and contraventions and penalties.

Registration certificates will be valid for five years from the date of issue.

An application for renewal of a registration certificate must be lodged with ICASA ninety days before it is set to expire.

A non-refundable application fee of R3000 is proposed while the registrant will be expected to pay an annual fee of R4000 each year for the duration of the registration certificate, payable within 60 days after the publication of adjusted fees.

Comment is invited until 29 November 2019.