The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced it will hold workshops in all nine provinces to garner input so that it can draft new regulations for the community broadcasting sector.

The workshops follow the publication of a Findings Document and input from these workshops could ultimately be used to draft new regulations .

“The review of the community broadcasting framework will address known and unknown shortcomings in the regulatory and operational environment of the community broadcasting services sector,” Icasa said.

The review hopes to streamline the community broadcast sector by reviewing licensing framework and operational guidelines.

“The community broadcasting sector continues to experience challenges relating to, among others, governance, mismanagement or lack of proper management and lack of business ethos. This process is an important intervention on the part of Icasa to ensure the smooth-running of the sector and to bring the necessary changes that will see the sector being regulated in the public and community interest,” said Icasa councillor Botlenyana Mokhele in a press statement.

The workshops will kick off on 15th May and continue until 6th June. You can find the full schedule below.

HOST CITY DATE VENUE
Richards Bay 15-May- 2018 Premier Hotel the Richards

Address: 3 Hibberd Dr, Meer En See, Richards Bay, 3901

Phone: 035 753 1111

Durban 16-May-2018 Hilton Durban

Address: 12-14 Walnut Rd, Durban Central, Durban, 4001

Phone: 031 336 8100

Port Shepstone 17-May-0218 Umdlalo Lodge & Zizi’s Restaurant

Address: 5 Rethman Dr, Umtentweni, Port Shepstone, 4235

Phone: 039 695 0224

Vryheid 15-May-2018 Oxford Lodge

Address: 128 Deputasie St, Vryheid, 3100

Phone: 034 980 9280

Newcastle 16-May-2018 Majuba Lodge

Address: 27 Victoria Rd, Pioneer Park, Newcastle, 2940

Phone: 034 315 5011

Cape Town 15-May- 2018 Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town

Address: 64 New Church St, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, 8001

Phone: 021 488 2555

George 17-May-2018 Loerie Guest Lodge

Address: 91 Davidson Rd, George Central, George, 6529

Phone: 044 874 4740

Beaufort West 18-May-0218 Matoppo Inn

Address: 7 Bird St, Beaufort West, 6970

Phone: 023 415 1055

Queenstown 22 May 2018 Inkwenkwezi Bed & Breakfast and Conference Centre

Address: 42 Hillside Dr, Queenstown, 5320
Phone: 045 838 5565

East London 23 May 2018 Garden Court East London

Address: Corner John Bailie And Moore Streets, Quigney, East London, 5200

Phone: 043 722 7260

Port Elizabeth 25 May 2018 Protea Hotel Marine

Address: Marine Dr, Port Elizabeth, 6001
Phone:041 583 2101

Umthatha 22 May 2018 Mayfair Hotel
Address: 35 Errol Spring Ave, Umthatha Part 1, Mthatha, 5099
Phone: 087 550 2639
Mount Frere 23 May 2018 2nd World bed and breakfast

Address: 65 N2, Mount Frere, 5090
Phone: 039 255 0055

Springbok 21 May 2018 Springbok Inn by Country Hotels

Address:Voortrekker St, Springbok, 8240

Phone:027 718 1832

Upington 23 May 2018 Desert Palace Hotel & Casino Resort

Address:1 Olifantshoek Road, Keidebees, South Africa, Upington,8801

Phone:054 338 4100

Kimberly 25 May 2018 The Kimberley Club

Address:42 Currey St, Kimberley, 8300

Phone:053 832 4224

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