The South African government has endorsed the Internet Providers Association (IPA) as the body officially representing the country’s internet service providers.
This endorsement was confirmed by the country’s recently appointed communications minister, Siphiwe Nyanda, in the official state publication of notice, the Government Gazette.
According to the minister’s statement: “In terms of Section 71 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (Act No.25 of 2002), I, Siphiwe Nyanda, Minister of Communications, recognize the Internet Providers’ Association as an industry representative body for internet service providers.”
The Internet Service Providers’ Association is a South African Internet industry body with more than 140 members, comprised of large, medium and small Internet service and access providers.
Formed in 1996, it has historically served as an active industry body, facilitating dialogue between the different independent Internet service providers, the Department of Communications, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), operators and other service providers in South Africa.