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ICASA Draws Up Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations

April 13, 2021

Independent Communications Authority

The Independent Communications Authority has drawn up the Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations.

The Regulations were published in Government Gazette 44427 in terms of section 4(3)(j) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act of 2000 read with sections 4(1), 4(4) and 70 of the Electronic Communications Act of 2005.

The Regulations prescribe a Code for Persons with Disabilities to be adhered to by Electronic Communications Service (ECS) licensees and Television Broadcasting Service licensees designed to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to these services.

The Regulations focus on basic standards for broadcasting service licensees; general requirements for communication and information provision to persons with disabilities for television broadcasting service licensees; basic standards for ECS licensees; national relay system; general requirements for communication and information provision to persons with disabilities for individual ECS licensees and compliance reporting.

The Regulations point out that an existing terrestrial television broadcasting service licensee migrating from analogue to digital terrestrial transmission will need to begin complying with the Regulations with effect from the date of the final switch-off of analogue signals.

A Reasons Document on the Regulations is also published.

The Regulations come into effect eighteen months after publication.