Lobby group SOS Support Public Broadcasting has over the weekend dismissed most of the new communications minister’s plans to stabilise SABC and strengthen ICASA, saying they are ‘superficial’ and fall short of taking account of deep-rooted problems facing these two institutions.

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) head of policy Prinola Govenden said the important gap in the minister’s commitment to ‘strengthen’ ICASA lies in the commitment to proper resourcing – one of the major reasons of the regulator’s lacking efficiency and capacity.

MMA head William Bird said if these two bills go through in their current form, it will mean the end of the independent regulation and broadcasting in South Africa.

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