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Government joins the world in observing World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

17 May 2020

Acting Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Jackson Mthembu, today joins the world in observing World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly 51 years ago, on 17 May 1969, this day is aimed at raising awareness on the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

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Ministry of Communications & Digital Technologies congratulates SABC on improved market share

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies congratulates the South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC) on attaining substantially increased viewership and greater market share.  The latest Broadcast Research Council (BRC) data show improved figures for the SABC News Channel which now leads the 24-hour news market in the country. The data also shows a 42% and 40% improvement in market share performance in the national (including DTT) and DSTV news markets, respectfully. This is a substantial improvement in performance compared to previous years.

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Directions on Risk-Adjusted Strategy gives film and television production houses green light to resume operations

As Acting Minister of Communications & Digital Technologies, I have signed and gazetted directions on the Risk-Adjusted Strategy for the ICT sector. The gazetted directions allow, among other, electronic communication services and network services, advertising agencies, film and television production companies to resume operations.

Last month President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the COVID-19 Risk Adjusted Strategy that provides a framework for a responsive guide to the social, educational and economic activities which can be undertaken during the state of national disaster.

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Minister Mthembu participates in G20 digital economies meeting on COVID-19

30 April 2020

On Thursday , 30th April 2020, the Acting Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Mr Jackson Mthembu attended a virtual Extraordinary G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting. The meeting discussed the role of digital technologies in responding to the COVID19 global pandemic. 

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DSTV responds to Government's call with an enriching Easter weekend channel

30 March 2020

In responding to a rallying call from the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies to assist the religious sector, DStv has decided to launch a new, pop up channel catering for various Christianity groupings that is set to launch on 9 April with rich content aimed at viewers who are home over the Easter weekend.

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Communications and Digital Technologies welcome agreement between Competition Commission and Vodacom

10 March 2020

Communications & Digital Technologies Ministry and ICASA welcome steps taken by the Competition Commission to facilitate data prices reduction at the retail level of the market

The Ministry of Communications & Digital Technologies and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) welcome the announcement and agreement reached between the Competition Commission and Vodacom in ensuring that the cost of data is reduced, thereby aligning our common interest and mandate of affordable cost of communication for all South Africans.

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ICASA calls public to apply for pre-registration of new community sound Broadcasting Service Licences

20 January 2020

Reminder to apply for the pre-registration of new community sound Broadcasting Service Licences

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) would like to remind all stakeholders and the South African public that the pre-registration process in respect of applications for Class Community Sound Broadcasting Service Licences and Radio Frequency Spectrum for purposes of providing community sound broadcasting services is still open until 31 March 2020.

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