From 27 to 31 May 2019, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will hold public hearings on the Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations – published on 14 December 2018.
ICASA has received 39 written submissions, 28 of which have confirmed their availability for oral presentations before the Committee of Council. The public hearings will be held at African Pride Irene Country Club.
“The review of existing regulations is common within the regulatory environment, and this process is no exception. As developments happen and new information come to the fore, ICASA is required to relook into the relevance of its existing regulations, and where necessary, initiate a process for the review of such regulations,” the organisation said in a statement.
“ICASA has a clear mandate of regulating in the public interest. Therefore, the draft regulations seek to reiterate and ensure that South Africans have access to a wide range of national sporting events and further reflect and give exposure to minority and developmental sport,” says ICASA councillor, Palesa Kadi.
“Based on the high number of submissions in the history of ICASA, we view this as the epitome of public participation in regulation making. And it is really encouraging to see such interest in our regulatory processes because this helps us to make informed decisions that are indeed in the public interest,” concludes Kadi.