The ECA Bill* will be a disaster for South Africa

Adrian Schofield Program Director IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals SA) & Leon Louw FMF Executive Director
24 April 2018
11h00 – 11h30 Registration (sandwiches, tea & coffee will be available)
11h30 – 13h30 Presentation & discussion
Free Market Foundation, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston (opposite Sandton Medi-Clinic)

NB: We regret that MTN has withdrawn from the event. IITPSA’s programme director Adrian Schofield will present their submission followed by FMF executive director Leon Louw who will present the FMF’s own submission on the ECA Bill. He will explain why the Bill is “void for vagueness” and likely to be tied up in legal challenges for years.

“This is the industry’s mining charter” – Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Industry body IITPSA and FMF Executive Director** will present their official submissions against the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill to the media

  1. This briefing is not just for IT media
  2. The ECA Bill affects all consumers, business and the economy
  3. Data will be more expensive
  4. Network investment will stop
  5. Dropped and poor quality calls will be more common
  6. SA will be less competitive
  7. SA will not have new technologies

Is ECA Bill “void for vagueness”?

Government has produced a draft Bill that not even the DG can fully define

  • Key policies are undefined, ambivalent and cannot be implemented
  • Others are highly controversial and damaging to the industry

Key questions

  • Why is government persisting in replacing its greatest post apartheid success story with a failed experiment in Rwanda?
  • What is the real motivation for this legislation?

*ECA Bill: Electronic Communications Amendment Bill – one of nine proposed Bills to implement government’s white paper on ICT policy.

**IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa) was founded in 1957 as the Computer Society of South Africa and has a proud 60-year heritage of representing the interests of over 9,000 professional and aspiring practitioners in the South African ICT industry.

 

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