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Oral Representations by the Civil Society Coalition

1. Introduction
1.1. In Notice 831 published in Government Gazette 31215 dated 4 July 2008 (‘the Notice”), the Portfolio Committee on Communications (“the Committee”) invited interested persons and institutions to make written representations on the Draft Broadcasting Act Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) by 25 July 2008.

1.2. We, the Civil Society Coalition: Save our SABC – Reclaiming Our Public Broadcaster (“the Coalition”) thank the Committee for the opportunity to make these oral representations.

Oral Representations by the Civil Society Coalition

1. Introduction
1.1. In Notice 831 published in Government Gazette 31215 dated 4 July 2008 (‘the Notice”), the Portfolio Committee on Communications (“the Committee”) invited interested persons and institutions to make written representations on the Draft Broadcasting Act Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) by 25 July 2008.

1.2. We, the Civil Society Coalition: Save our SABC – Reclaiming Our Public Broadcaster (“the Coalition”) thank the Committee for the opportunity to make these oral representations.

ICASA Allocates Free Election Slots to Political Parties

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has allocated free time slots for pre-election broadcasts to political parties.

ICASA councilor, Brenda Ntombela says, "The election broadcast period begins 120 hours after the allotment of the slots and will end 48 hours before polling commences."

T here will be four party election broadcasts slots each day, starting from 25 March to 19 April 2009.

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