The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services published an invitation to provide written comments on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill (Bill or ECAB) on 17 November 2017 (Government Gazette 41261, Government Notice No. 1293).
Notice has been given that the due date for the submission of comments on the Bill has been extended to 31 January 2018.
Written comments should be addressed to:
The Director-General, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services
For attention: Ms. M Masemola, The Acting Deputy Director -General, ICT Policy and
First Floor, Block A3, Parioli Office Park, 1166 Park Street, Hatfield, Pretoria
Private Bag X860, Pretoria, 0001
[email protected]; Tel: (012) 427 8070/8512/8000
About the the ECAB
The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper (White Paper) published on 3 October 2017 outlines the overarching policy framework for the transformation of South Africa into an inclusive and innovative digital and knowledge society. The White Paper outlines government’s approach to providing cross-government leadership and facilitating multi-stakeholder participation; interventions to reinforce fair competition and facilitate innovation in the converged environment; policies to protect the open Internet; policies to address the digital divide and new approaches to addressing supply-side issues and infrastructure rollout including managing scarce resources. In addition, the White Paper outlines policies to address demand-side issues in order to facilitate inclusive digital transformation in the country.
In order to enable the full implementation of the White Paper, new legislation and amendments to existing legislation are required. One of the Bills prepared by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services for this purpose is the ECAB that amongst other things seeks to address supply side challenges to transform South Africa into an inclusive, people-centred and developmental digital society.
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