The ICASA Council is the highest decision making body of the Authority and consist of eight members and the Chairperson. In terms of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act, No. 13 of 2000 [as amended by Broadcasting Amendment Act, No 64 of 2002 and Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Act, No 2 of 2014]; ICASA councillors are appointed by the president on the recommendation of the National Assembly according to the following principles:
a) participation by the public in the nomination process;
b) transparency and openness; and
c) the publication of a shortlist of candidates for appointment
Persons appointed to the Council must be committed to fairness, freedom of expression, openness and accountability and must be representative of a broad cross-section of the population of the Republic and possess suitable qualifications, expertise and experience in the fields of, amongst others, broadcasting and telecommunications policy, engineering, technology, frequency band planning, law, marketing, journalism, entertainment, education, economics, business practice and finance or any other related expertise or qualifications.
Paris Mashile has held various positions in the communications industry, from being a lecturer and researcher to being in several leadership positions. As a councillor of ICASA in 2004, Mashile was responsible for addressing engineering and technology issues pertaining to spectrum licensing, new technologies and the approval and certification of equipment. He has also chaired the Standards Liaison Committee, the Number Portability Plan Committee, Handset Subsidy Committee and the Frequency Band Plan Committee.
In 2005 he was appointed chairperson of ICASA, leading a team of eight councillors in making decisions about regulatory matters, including interconnection, the universal service obligation, protecting and promoting consumer interests, monitoring operator compliance, and managing scarce resources such as frequency spectrum.
Other positions that Mashile has held include being a founding CEO of Vunani Electronic Communications at Vunani Capital, non-executive director at Sentech Limited, and programme director for digital multimedia management and regulation at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
Mashile holds a BSc honours degree in physics and electronics engineering, and master’s degrees in physics and electrical engineering. He also completed several certificates in the communications and spectrum management fields, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Botlenyana Mokhele brings a wealth of experience in broadcasting policy processes and regulation from a career spanning over two decades. Prior to being appointed to the ICASA Council she was a principal consultant at Pygma Consulting in Johannesburg.
Her expertise lies mainly in research, broadcasting policy and programme management. Before becoming a consultant, she was the acting chief director in the office of the director general at the Department of Communications (DoC). Prior to this, she was responsible for the monitoring and implementation of the government information and communications technology (ICT) guarantees for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Before her engagement with the DoC, she was the deputy executive director of the National Association of Broadcasters and manager: broadcasting policy research and development at ICASA. During her tenure in both positions, she contributed towards a number of broadcasting policy and ICT legislative processes.
Botlenyana has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of the Witwatersrand. She also holds an honours degree in counselling psychology and a postgraduate diploma in information policy from Unisa, a postgraduate diploma in telecommunication studies from the Cable and Wireless College and an advanced project management diploma from Damelin College.
Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng
Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng (PhD) is a Corporate governance specialist with global Public Affairs experience. Earlier in his career, he held Corporate communications roles at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and Anglo American (Kumba Iron Ore). He is a former Sunday Times Labour and Business Journalist where he won the 2009 Workers World Productions Labour Journalist of the Year Award. Prior to joining ICASA, he was the Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship Manager for Samsung Electronics (Africa) head office- reporting to the global Headquarters in South Korea.
At Samsung Electronics, he successfully led various multinational initiatives across the African continent, with flagship health and education projects in Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania amongst others.
Dr Modimoeng is a Harvard University (Kennedy School) Senior Executive Fellow, and holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Management Sciences specializing in Business Administration from Durban University of Technology.
He holds a National Diploma in Public Relations Management from Tshwane University of Technology, Certificate in Applied Project Management from Milpark Business School (Cum Laude) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Regent Business School (Best Dissertation Award).
He previously served as a Board member at the Windybrow Theatre (Ministerial appointee), and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science at the University of Johannesburg (Industry Advisory board). He currently serves on the Board of the South African Weather Service (Ministerial appointee).
Dr Modimoeng is an avid reader and published poet, recipient of the 2011 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.
Peter Zimri has broad experience in the information communications technology (ICT) sector and is particularly passionate about postal, telecommunications and broadcasting technical, regulatory and policy matters.
He has been chief director: radio and satellite communications at the Department of Communications and senior manager: frequency management at the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA), a predecessor of ICASA.
During his tenure at these entities, he was involved in developing and implementing the National Table of Frequency Allocations, related policies and regulations as well as migration processes, and the licensing of radio frequency spectrum.
Zimri has not only been involved in the ICT regulatory and policy environment in South Africa, but also across markets on the continent. As consultant he has advised licensees on ICT regulatory and policy affairs to ensure that they adhere to the terms and conditions of their licences as well as other relevant legislation.
Amongst various other standards and ICT (Telecoms & Broadcasting) industry bodies, Peter served on the boards of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA), Number Portability Company (NPC), and South African Communications Forum (SACF).
Peter holds a master’s degree in management in ICT policy and regulation from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Graduate School of Public and Development Management. He also holds various electronic-engineering qualifications and credits in telecoms- and broadcasting-related programmes from Wits, the University of Pretoria, the United States Telecommunication Training Institute, Telkom SA, Rohde & Schwarz and Oracle SA.
Ms. Gongxeka-Seopa holds a Master’s Degree in ICT Policy and Regulation from the University of Witwatersrand. She possesses over twenty-five (25) years’ experience in the broader media sector having worked in the space of content development, production & scheduling, and the broader broadcast media value chain. Most of the programmes that she has worked on span across television, radio, print and social media and were mostly supported by outreach programmes. She has had an opportunity to work for media development NGO’s, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) - where she occupied various positions, and also worked for MultiChoice Africa as Head: Africa Regulatory Stakeholder Management. She is currently employed by the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) as Senior Manager: USAF & Broadcasting (Broadcasting Digital Migration).
She has authored a South Africa Chapter titled “South Africa’s Experience with Public Service Media” for the book titled “Public Service Media Initiatives in the Global South”. The book was published in July 2016 by the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. She formed part of a research team that undertook the Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Market Study that was commissioned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and was launched in July 2017 at ICANN 59.
Over the years, Ms. Gongxeka-Seopa has also presented, facilitated and chaired in a number of public discussions. These include, namely; the Inaugural Broadcasting Colloquium (2017); Africa Connect ICT International Conferences (2016 and 2017); AfricaCom Webinar (2017); RIPE Conference 2014, Tokyo, Japan and Commemorating Media Freedom Day to mark “Black Wednesday”, South Africa’s Parliament (2013). She is currently serving as an advisory Board Member at the African Leadership Academy (ALA). She also serves in the National ICT SMME Chamber housed under the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS). From 2013 - 2015 she was appointed as Chairperson of the South African National Adjudication Committee (NAC) for the SADC Media Awards. Between 2012 – 2014, she served as a member of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) Disability Consultative Forum. In the past, she has also served as Board Member of the Media Diversity and Development Agency (MDDA). Within the agency, she chaired the Finance and Operations Committee and also served in the Policy, Legislative & Regulatory Committee.
Palesa Kadi commenced with her media industry experiences through student politics, as the Public Relations Officer of the University of the Western Cape SRC. In 1998 she was elected as the Treasurer General of the South African Students Press Union (SASPU), a national student organization that mobilized resources, trained and advocated for a free media and freedom of expression in tertiary institutions around South Africa. This included the establishment of campus radio stations and televisions, training of student journalist through the Institute for Advanced Journalism, Freedom of Expression Institute, SABC, and Johnnic Publishers now Times Media Group and community media NGOs.
Palesa Kadi has served industry as a professional. She is a former Shared Services Executive of the Film and Publication Board (FPB). She has served the board on matters of content and online regulation through classification, policy development and consumer awareness. At the FPB Ms Kadi was responsible for strategy development and implementation, performance information management, audit and risk, communications, consumer awareness, human resource management, stakeholder management, research and advocacy. She has also worked at municipal, provincial and national government on strategic management, policy development and economic development.
Ms Kadi obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies, BA Honours in Political Studies and Comparative Economic Systems, MA in Visual and Heritage Studies. In 2006 she was the first cohort of 20 young leaders in Africa under the African Leadership Institute convened at Mount Fleur, Stellenbosch and continued with Scenario Planning at Oxford University’s Edward Said Business School. She is now an Archbishop Tutu Fellow under the African Leadership Institute. With an indepth interest in governance and regulation she pursued further training in Monitoring and Evaluation at the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Governance. She is part of Foresight for Development which utilizes forecasting by business leaders and organizations to develop long term business strategies and insights in areas of technology, innovation and other fields to shape Africa’s Development for vision 2050.
Kadi has served as a non - executive directors in various boards at Calabash Trust Board Member (2005 - 2007) A Community Tourism Initiative in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Province Cricket Board member from 2005 - 2007. Cricket South Africa, Alliance Francei Management Board Committee member 2005 - 2006. A French Embassy project, Commonwealth Youth Program Regional Advisory Board member 2005 to 2008. The Commonwealth, Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Board member, Chair of Audit and Risk, Public Entity of Department of Communications, Ministerial Appointment 2015 – 2017 April, National Heritage Council (NHC) Board Member, Chair of Corporate Services, Finance and Marketing Committee, 2015, National Council of Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS), Ministerial appointment- Department of Arts and Culture.