ICASA appoints new acting chairperson

Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng has been appointed as ICASA's new acting chairperson as of 25 March.

The council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced the appointment of Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng as acting chairperson as of 25 March until a permanent chairperson is appointed. 

The appointment follows a Special Council Meeting held on Monday morning and is informed by the provisions of section 5(2) of the ICASA Act, 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.” 

According to a statement release by ICASA, Dr. Keabetswe is committed to ensure that the company continues to execute its mandate independently and in the public’s interest. 
 
He said: 

“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 that 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.” 

Dr Keabetswe holds MBA and PhD (Management Sciences) degrees. He is a Harvard senior executive fellow and has completed an Executive Development Program from Wharton University as well as Africa Director Program (Stellenbosch).