Changing technologies and developments in the broadcasting sphere, brought
about by the imminent migration to digital broadcasting, have led to the
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) undertaking a
review of the South African local content regulations for television and radio. In
light of this, the authority has published a public discussion document and
encourages interested stakeholders to make comments by no later than 16h00
on 10 September 2014.
The discussion document is an inquiry in terms of section 4B of the ICASA Act
into the review of South African Local Content on television and radio
Prior to developing a discussion document ICASA appointed a consulting
company to conduct a thorough analysis and assessment of the cultural,
economic and social benefits brought about by the preservation of South African
programming regulations; and to perform a sound cost-benefit analysis. A copy
of the consulting company report is available at the ICASA library.
It is the ICASA’s view that through South African music and television
programming, radio and television can make a vital contribution to democracy,
nation building and development in South Africa; and that the local content
quotas will go a long way in protecting and developing the country’s national
cultures and identities, and promoting local industries.