Ownership and Control of Service Licences

ellipsis reg logo small[17 February 2020] ICASA has released draft regulations in respect of limitations of control and equity ownership by HDGs and the application of the ICT sector code.

Comments on the draft regulations are due by 3 April 2020, marked for the attention of Mr Peter Mailula – Project Manager (PMailula@icasa.org.za) / Ms Fikile Hlongwane – Project Leader (FHlongwane@icasa.org.za), and any interested parties are invited to indicate whether they require an opportunity to make further oral representations.

Draft Regulations in respect of the Limitations of Control and Equity Ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups and the application of the ICT Sector Code


[9 May 2019] The Minister of Trade and Industry has published a notice designating and granting “final approval for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Facilitator Status to the Government of South Africa represented by the Office of the Presidency for the full shares of 40.50% held in Telkom South Africa State Owned Company” for a period of ten years.

Telkom SOC BEE Facilitator Status Notice


[15 February 2019] ICASA has released a findings document and position paper on the Inquiry into equity ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups and the application of the ICT sector code in the ICT sector:

Findings Document and Position Paper – HDI


[11 February 2019] Telkom has applied for BBEEE Facilitator Status, and the DTI has published Notice of this application inviting comments thereon by 15 March 2019, which can be directed to Ms Kumbe Mhlongo per email kmhlongo@thedti.gov.za. This should be noted in the context of the amendments dated 5 December 2018 to the Licensing Processes and Procedures for Individual Licences Amendment Regulations, 2018.


[8 May 2018] The submissions made in response to the Discussion Document can be found below:


[19 April 2018] The public hearings have been rescheduled with the revised date being 16 and 17 May 2018, the programme for which can be found at the following link:

Schedule of public hearings


[20 March 2018] ICASA has postponed the public hearings with an indication that a revised date will be provided in due course.


[15 March 2018] ICASA intends to hold public hearings in respect of the discussion document, and has extended an invitation to those stakeholders who had previously submitted comments to make oral representations. The hearings will be held on 22 March 2018, the schedule for which can be found below:

Schedule of public hearings


[10 June 2017] The deadline for submissions has been extended to 30 June 2017, 16h00.

ICASA Act 2000: Extension of the closing date for submissions to the discussion document: Equity ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups and the application of the ICT Sector Code in the ICT Sector in terms of S4B of the Act, as amended

ICASA media release


[20 April 2017] We have put together an overview of the discussion document, which can be found at the link below.

Overview – Equity ownership by HDGs and application of ICT Sector Code


[3 April 2016] ICASA has initiated an inquiry under section 4B of the ICASA Act into transformation and broader ownership issues applicable to holders of electronic communications service and electronic communications network service licences.

Discussion document – Equity ownership by HDGs and application of ICT Sector Code

Comments are due by 8 June 2017 for the attention of:

Project Manager: Ms Refiloe Motsoeneng
Tel: 011 566 3213
Fax: 011 566 3214

The purpose of the inquiry is to determine:

  • how ICASA should approach the implementation the ICT Sector Code  in light of the existing Historically Disadvantaged Groups/Individuals  (‘HDG/I’) ownership requirements; and
  • how ICASA can promote Broad-Based Economic Empowerment (‘BBBEE’), and equity ownership of HDG’s as required in terms of sections  9 and 13 of the Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (‘ECA’) (Act No.36 of
    2005), as amended.

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