Window Closing For New Community Broadcasting Licences In South Africa - ICASA
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has warned that all licence applications for Community Sound Broadcasting and related Radio Frequency Spectrum will close by the end of the month.
The initial deadline for these licenses was the 30th March 2020; however, this was extended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. Now, Mr Willington Ngwepe, CEO of ICASA, in a statement issued earlier admonished all prospective applicants to ensure the submission of all relevant materials to ICASA before the window closes.
Ngwepe also reminded the industry that the Authority reserves the right not to consider any applications that do not meet the requirements.
ICASA confirms that the licensing process will follow the following phases;
Phase 1: Consideration of the applications for pre-registration of a Community Sound Broadcasting Service licence, in line with the provisions of the Community Service Broadcasting Regulations. This process will be concluded within 90 working days of the closing for receipt of the applications.
Phase 2: Registration of a Community Sound Broadcasting Service licence to be submitted 30 days after the decision on pre-registration. The registration phase will be completed within 30 working days of receipt of the application.
ICASA may hold public hearings in respect of received applications during Phase 1 of the process.
Credit: contribution from allafrica.com