The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has lauded the appointment of Andile Ngcaba to the Future of Global Internet Cooperation panel, claiming it to be an endorsement of the country’s management of the communications sector.
HumanIPO reported on Tuesday Ngcaba, currently chairman of Dimension Data Middle East and Africa and previously director general of the Department of Communications (DoC) in the mid-1990s, had been appointed to the panel.
The panel has been set up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to inquire, deliberate and recommend “principles for global internet cooperation, proposed frameworks and a roadmap for future internet governance challenges”.
In an ICASA statement, the regulator said: “The Authority views the appointment of Dr Ngcaba to the panel not only in terms of his technical expertise, but as a vote of confidence in the country’s ability to manage the electronic communications sector.”
Stephen Mncube, ICASA chairperson, said: “His appointment is significant for the whole continent, as he takes his place in the company of global communication gurus.”
The panel will also be exploring cyber security, broadband and the management of radio frequency spectrum and contribute to discussions at the World Economic Forum and the International Telecommunications Union’s Plenipotentiary 2014 and World Radio Communications Conference 2015.