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The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has gazetted a new policy on the deployment of communications networks in South Africa, according to a recent MyBroadband article.

  • The policy aims to promote the accelerated deployment of electronic communications networks
  • Mobile networks and other licensees the right to select, enter, and use public or private land for the deployment of their network infrastructure
  • Any infrastructure built on private land would belong to the network which built it
  • Property owners are liable for damage to these facilities
  • This also applies to the proposed wholesale open-access network (WOAN)

MyBroadband states that licensees must provide the property owner with a notice that includes the following information:

  • The reasons for engaging in the activity
  • The date of commencement of such activity
  • The objection process to its plans
  • The planned location of the installation
  • Environmental, water, health, and safety information
  • Additionally, owners may not charge companies for building infrastructure on their property, except under certain conditions.

This policy is currently open to written comments from interested parties, and will be until 30 working days after the date of publication.

Comments can be sent to the contacts below:

By Nozipho Mngomezulu, Karl Blom and Jody Hardy at Webber Wentzel

In a move to counter “fake news”, all Internet sites ending with “.za” will have to include a visible link on their landing page to the Covid-19 South African Online Portal, in terms of a Government Gazette notice published by the minister of communications and digital technologies on 26 March 2020.

This applies to all websites operating under the .zaDNA top-level domain name, so it includes those ending with “co.za”, “org.za” and “ac.za”.

The requirement is contained in the Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions, under Regulation 10(8) of the regulations made under section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 57 of 2002.

The purpose of this directive is to disseminate and facilitate the availability of accurate information about Covid-19.

The Covid-19 South African Online Portal contains statistics on the spread of the virus, information on symptoms and preventative tips, and official press releases and notices.

Although the directions came into force on the date of publication, they do not prescribe any penalties for non-compliance, or a deadline by when websites must be updated.

The portal to be displayed is found here.

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