The newly appointed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) ICT Sector Council (the ICT Council) is mandated to support the achievement of transformation in the sector in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the impact COVID19 is having on our society. Ensuring the equitable redress of the sector as the mandate of the ICT Council has become even more urgent.
“Already, the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council has achieved several milestones as it engaged with the stakeholders in the sector to promote and increase the pace of transformation in the critical sub-sectors of broadcasting, electronics, information technology and telecommunications, which make up the vital ICT industry,” said Andile Tlhoaele, Chairperson of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council.
“The operations of the ICT Council must be supportive and inclusive to all stakeholders at large. In this regard, the ICT Council takes note of Vodacom’s announcement that it has reached a B-BBEE contributor score of Level 1. The ICT Council also acknowledges the concerns raised by the PBICT in response to Vodacom’s announcement and wishes to invite the organisation to a meeting to discuss these concerns as the ICT Council would any stakeholder that wishes to seek clarity” said Tlhoaele.
“The review of the 2016 Amended ICT Sector Code will be followed by a process of aligning the ICT Council’s strategic plan on the sector transformation in response to the impact of 4IR and the pandemic. More importantly, the strategy will focus on the inclusion of disabled black women and unemployed youth in the mainstream ICT economy,” he added.
The newly appointed Council has committed to reviewing the 2016 Amended ICT Sector Codes in response to the impact of 4IR and the pandemic. The strategy will focus on the inclusion of disabled black women and unemployed youth in the mainstream ICT economy,” he added
In the 4th Annual Monitoring Report for the period ending 31 March 2020, the ICT Council reported on the progress of transformation as mandated by the ICT Code. As part of achieving transformation, the ICT Council has received immense support from ICT Measured Entities, the South African National Accreditation Services (SANAS) approved verification agencies, as well as other parties who provided the data that informs its monitoring reports. The ICT Council is reliant on the cooperation of the verification agencies to educate ICT Measured Entities and to submit the verification reports. The ICT Council also appreciates the support afforded by the Ministry and Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.
About the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council
The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) ICT Sector Council (the ICT Council) is established in terms of the Codes of Good Practice issued under Section (9.1) of Act No. 46 of 2013, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, 2013 Amended Guidelines for Developing and Gazetting of Sector Codes, notice 408 of 2015, 06 May 2015. This was followed by the appointment of the first members of the ICT Council for a term of four years by the then ICT Sector Line Minster, Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services on 23 September 2015 after being concurred by the Cabinet Meeting of 23 September 2015.
On 12 March 2020 the ICT Council constituted the Secord Term of the ICT Council. This comes after the decision by Honourable Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies to appoint 22 individuals as members to serve on the Second Term of the ICT Council. The appointment of members of the ICT Council is effective from 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2024.
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