05 March 2013
Minister of Communications Ms Dina Pule today announced the appointment of Mr Joe Mjwara as the chairperson of the ICT Policy Review Panel at a meeting of the ICT Policy Review Panel held in Pretoria.
Mr Lucky Masilela has been appointed as the deputy chairperson of ICT Policy Review Panel.
The meeting follows a two-day workshop that the ICT Policy Review Panel held in January 2013.
Minister Pule also announced the appointment of the following members as chairs of various committees
Ms Libby Lloyd – Broadcasting Committee
Ms Tracy Cohen – Telecommunications
Ms Angie Maseko – Postal
Mr Tshilidzi Marwala – Infrastructure
Mr Sizwe Snail - e-Commerce
"I’d like to thank all the panel members for agreeing to serve their fellow citizens. We are convinced that we have appointed the best possible team to assist the government come up with the most robust and appropriate policies for the development and advancement of South Africa," says Minister Pule.
She requested the panel to work towards assisting the Department to come up with an ICT Policy White Paper by early next year.
Minister Pule expects the ICT Policy Review Panel to;
The ICT Policy Review Panel is guided by the terms of reference that provide that the Panel must take account certain parameters, such as:
“We are mindful of the tight deadline that we need to work under. We are also mindful of the important result that the country expects from the process that has been initiated by the Minister.
“We shall work in a consensual manner as is possible. This is not a race for one idea to succeed,” said Mr Mjwara.
Minister Pule welcomed the Panel’s commitment and pledged to provide additional resources to assist the Panel complete its work within the deadline should it be necessary.
The Acting Director-General, Mr Gift Buthelezi, and the Deputy Director General for ICT Policy, Mr Themba Phiri, are leading a team of staff from the Department that will be working closely with the Panel to ensure that it delivers on its responsibilities.
Department of Communications
04 March 2013