International media requirements for Madiba funeral


In order to cover the funeral of former President Nelson Mandela on Sunday 15
December, broadcasters will need to ensure that they have requisite radio
frequency spectrum and type-approval licences, as advised by The Independent
Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

Satellite News Gathering (SNG), a type of communications equipment commonly
used by international media to broadcast to their respective international
audiences, requires a radio frequency spectrum licence to be allocated for this
purpose. Certain video cameras with microphones and wireless capability need
type-approval to avoid interference with licensed services.

All international broadcasters are required to go through this standard licensing
process for compliance purposes; and once issued, the licensee is obliged to show
the radio frequency spectrum licence to ICASA inspectors.

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Media enquiries can be directed to Paseka Maleka on


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