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17th September 2020

Regulation in times of pandemic and lessons for the future: African responses

Virtual Event, Chapter event

Regulation in times of pandemic and lessons for the future: African responses

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected different countries at different paces, forcing industry players and regulators, along with governments, to take action to support national strategies aimed at guaranteeing continuity of essential services, protecting lives and reducing the negative impact on the economy.

Regulators have taken a number of steps so that the continuity of services can be guaranteed – how might these actions inform and facilitate future modernisation of current regulatory frameworks? Will industry obligations continue? What does the ‘new normal’ look like from a policy, regulatory and commercial perspective?

In the first of this series of regional discussions, regulators and industry policy makers from Southern Africa will discuss the initiatives taken in response to the pandemic, particularly relating to spectrum availability, digital infrastructure, health & education services, cybersecurity, and combating disinformation. They will highlight the unique challenges across the continent and also innovative responses – particularly involving mobile technology – developed in Africa for Africa.


Dimakatso Qocha (Adv.) Councillor, (acting Chairperson June 2020 - August 2020) , Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Adv. Dimakatso Qocha’s role at ICASA is to ensure that while fulfilling the mandate of Regulating in the Public Interest, the regulations passed must enable South Africans to meaningfully participate in the ICT ecosystem.

Adv. Qocha is an ICT Policy and Regulatory Specialist. Her career in the ICT sector began in 2004 at Sentech. She was part of the regulatory team that contributed to the promulgation of the Electronic Communications Act and the ICASA amendment Act.

Adv. Qocha later joined the National Association of Broadcasters as Deputy Executive Director. During her tenure, she was involved in the formulation of broadcasting policy and regulatory submissions to the Regulator and Parliament, that changed the landscape of the broadcasting industry. She was further instrumental and party to negotiations on needletime royalties between broadcasters and collecting societies.

Adv. Qocha served on the board of the Road Accident Fund, as well as a member of the appeals committee of the Advertising Standards Authority of SA. Currently, she serves on the board of the National Film and Video Foundation and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. She is a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.

Adv. Qocha holds an LLB degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Interpretation and Drafting of Contracts. She was admitted as an Advocate in 2006.

Takalani Netshitenzhe Chief Officer and Executive Director of External Affairs for Vodacom South Africa; Chairperson of the Vodacom Foundation

Takalani Netshitenzhe is the Chief Officer and Executive Director of External Affairs for Vodacom South Africa, and Chairperson of the Vodacom Foundation.

Ms Netshitenzhe is passionate about corporate social responsibility, which gets her to participate as a panelist in various platforms including the United Nations’.

Ms Netshitenzhe has previously spent time as a part-time lecturer in Administrative Law at the Univer-sity of Venda and has extensive knowledge in public policy development, law writing, diplomacy, na-tional security and cybersecurity.

Ms Netshitenzhe has over 20 years experience working in government as a lawyer and policy advisor in the security cluster, whilst employed in the Ministry for Intelligence Services; as Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Hungary and Croatia; and as CEO of Electronic Communications Security (Pty) (Ltd), a state owned entity that was established under the then National Intelligence Agency.

Ms Netshitenzhe has received several merit awards which include the 2012 Hungarian Eotvos (ELTE) University commemorative medal and certificate for relentless efforts to promote academic and cul-tural collaboration between South Africa and Hungary, and deepening bilateral relations between the two countries as Ambassador to Hungary. She received the 2007 Intelligence Services Woman of the Year award for meritorious contribution to the South African intelligence policy and legal dispensation. In 2019 Taki was a finalist and received a recognition certificate for the CSI award for uplifting com-munities with ICTs from the Information Technology Professionals South Africa (ITTPSA).

During the time Ms Netshitenzhe has been Chairperson, the Vodacom Foundation has been voted the Trialogue top CSI entity for three consecutive years by other corporates. She was a judge for the 2019 Global Citizen Business Leader award.

Ms Netshitenzhe was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 1996 and is current-ly the Read to Lead Ambassador for the Department of Basic Education.

Ms Netshitenzhe holds an executive education certificate on cybersecurity from Harvard School of Governance; a Cyber security Post-graduate certificate obtained cum laude; a BJuris degree; LLB, Higher Diploma in company Law and a Masters in Security Studies.

Thabo Makenete General Manager, Technical Regulatory Affairs, MultiChoice

Thabo Mekenete is General Manager, Technical Regulatory Affairs, MultiChoice, in charge of regulatory and policy issues that are technical in nature, mainly in South Africa, but also across the continent.

Mr Mekenete has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector, focused mainly on broadcasting and telecommunications. Currently GM: Technical Regulatory at MultiChoice,

Mr Mekenete is also Deputy Chairperson of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Technical Committee; ICASA’s Joint Spectrum Advisory Group and various SABS Technical Committees; The Digital Migration Advisory Council and the DCDT’s COVID-19 PMO

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17th September 2020
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Middle East & Africa
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