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Ikamva Digital Skills Bill Sent Back to Select Committee

April 2, 2019

Parliament

2 April 2019

The Ikamva Digital Skills Institute Bill has been referred back to the select committee on communications and public enterprises for consideration.

The bill was tabled in May 2018 as the iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill.

During its deliberations, the portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services amended the title of the bill to include reference to “digital skills”.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the NCOP for concurrence in December 2018.

The iKamva Digital Skills Institute Bill aims to:


• provide for the promotion of the development and meaningful use of digital skills;
• provide for the establishment of the iKamva Digital Skills Institute;
• provide for the objects and functions of the Institute;
• provide for the establishment and functions of collaborative laboratories for digital skills knowledge production, training and coordination;
• provide for the governance and management arrangements of the Institute; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the communications department has confirmed that the policy directive on high demand radio frequency spectrum allocation is on track.

A meeting with stakeholders is scheduled for 2 April 2019.

The department indicated that the policy directive would be issued by the end of April 2019.