The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) had a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new head office premises – No. 350 Witch-Hazel Avenue, Eco-Point Office Park, Eco-Park, Centurion – on 12 February 2019 at 13h00.
The move that took place on 29 October 2018 was a mammoth task for ICASA but marked the beginning of a new chapter after 20 years of operations from 164 Katherine Street, Sandton.
“The opening of the head office in Centurion is another important milestone to ensure that we regulate in the public interest and continue the legacy of our leaders in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector; and will assist us in getting closer to our stakeholders,” says Keabetswe Modimoeng, ICASA councillor and chairperson of the Relocation Committee.
ICASA has named its new head office after the late Minister of Communications in the South African Government from June 1999 to April 2009, Dr. Ivy Matsepe Casaburri.
Dr. Matsepe-Casaburri has been widely honoured for her accomplishments, including a special award from the African ICT Achievers Programme for her dedication to the proliferation of the ICT industry in South Africa and across the continent, and her promotion of the use of technology by governments to improve service delivery to citizens. She was one of the most successful, visible, and accomplished women in Africa.
Modimoeng further stated that it is no coincidence that the ICASA head office is named after the struggle legend: “She was and still is known throughout Africa as a leader in the applications of information and communications technology for economic development, educational empowerment, and the advancement of the cause of democracy. Her family will be in attendance as we honour one of the prominent and progressive leaders South Africa has ever produced within political space.”
In the recent years, ICASA has been working on a number of processes to open offices in all the provinces, in an effort to bring services to the people of South Africa. ICASA can confidently say it has opened offices in eight provinces and is currently finalising the process of opening the ninth office.