ICASA swiftly appoints acting chairperson
The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has appointed Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng as acting chairperson of its council, effective 25 March.
In a statement, ICASA says Modimoeng will hold the position until a permanent chairperson is appointed.
This comes on the back of last week's announcement that fraud-convicted Rubben Mohlaloga had been removed from his post as chairperson of the telecoms regulator's council.
ICASA says the appointment of the acting chairperson follows a special council meeting held earlier today, and is informed by the provisions of Section 5 (2) of the ICASA Act of 2000, which provides that..."in the absence of the chairperson, the remaining councillors must, from their number, elect an acting chairperson, who, while he or she acts, may perform all the functions of the chairperson".
In accepting the acting appointment, Modimoeng committed to ensure ICASA continues to execute its mandate independently and in the public interest.
"We are governed by legislation and guided by the public interest mandate and for that we will continue to put the South African public first when taking decisions. We will continue to work closely with all key stakeholders, including government, to ensure the authority's regulatory decisions advance transformation in the ICT sector, support economic growth and unlock opportunities presented by the fourth industrial revolution and the digital economy," says the acting chairperson.
Modimoeng holds MBA and PhD (management sciences) degrees. He is also Harvard senior executive fellow and has completed an executive development programme from Wharton University, as well as an Africa director programme from the University of Stellenbosch.