South Africa’s broadcasting regulator ICASA says it will hold public presentations this week as part of its plan to create “community radio and television services” in the country.
ICASA has already held public consultations across the 9 provinces, and invited written submissions in the period to June 8th. The new public meetings will take place today (on July 23rd) at its Sandton (Johannesburg) offices.
Only four stakeholders are presenting their thoughts to the meeting:
“ICASA believes that it is indeed important to revive the sector and create a framework that will unlock its immense potential to attract investment, create jobs for the youth and bolster Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) through creating opportunities for advertising,” says ICASA Councillor, Botlenyana Mokhele.
“Community broadcasting services constitute a critical avenue through which communities express their history, heritage, languages, culture and experiences. They should be community owned platforms where views and interests are expressed and shared.