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New Icasa model mooted

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The Minister of Communications should not be allowed to appoint councillors to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) in order to counter perceptions that the regulating authority lacks independence. 

This was one of the recommendations presented to Parliament yesterday by an ad hoc committee, which says the minister's involvement with appointments could encourage the perception that the body lacks independence, and is inappropriate.
If adopted, the recommendations would change a clause in the Icasa Amendment Act, rather giving the national assembly power to select and approve councillors.
The committee also suggested that Icasa be allowed to retain some licensing income in a new funding model.