Press Release:

ISPA Sees Welcome Promise and Critical Continuity in Communications Ministry Reset

Published on: 2024-07-01

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ISPA, South Africa’s official internet Industry Representative Body, is hopeful South Africa’s newly-appointed Minister of Communications, Solly Malatsi, and his deputy, previous incumbent Mondli Gungubele, will together prove to be amongst the top performers in the newly-announced cabinet of the fledgling Government of National Unity (GNU).

The smart combination of the new minister and the previous minister will lend continuity to a critical ministry which must lead South Africa’s transition to a digital economy while ensuring that all have access to affordable, fit-for-purpose connectivity.

ISPA believes the ability of the new minister to find his feet within a portfolio so important to South Africa’s economic performance will be speeded along by an experienced deputy minister well-versed in the business of government.

ISPA looks forward to the opportunity to engage with the new minister, his deputy and staff and will specifically outline ISPA and its members’ priorities for sector growth which include:

  • Promoting SMMEs and competition at all levels of the value chain.
  • Reducing the red tape which acts as an obstacle to entry into the internet access market and making individual licences easily available.
  • Rationalising regulators in the sector to ensure light-touch regulation. appropriate for a future digital economy.
  • Speedier review and implementation of legislation and regulation.

ISPA is a 235-member Industry Representative Body (IRB) with membership made up of both Electronic Communications Service (ECS) and Electronic Communications Networks Services (ECNS) licensees.

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For further information, please contact the ISPA secretariat on the Contact ISPA page.