Chapter 2 Of Broadcasting RSA Regulations

Chapter 2 Of Broadcasting RSA Regulations

  1. CHAPTER II
    SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM
    This Chapter is of central significance to the Act, as it lays the basis that the South
    African broadcasting system is owned and controlled by South Africans. The National
    Government, acting through the Minister, is responsible for the achievement of this 40
    purpose and the constitutional mandate of broadcasting policy development. Being
    empowered to act on behalf of the nation, the Minister has the ultimate responsibility
    to fulfil certain obligations relating to use, protection and access to broadcasting
    resources.
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  2. (1) The South African broadcasting system-
    ( a) serves to safeguard, enrich and strengthen the cultural, political, social and
    economic fabric of South Africa;
    (b) operates in the public interest and strengthens the spiritual and moral fibre of
    society; 50
    ( c) ensures that the broadcasting system is controlled by persons or groups of
    persons from a diverse range of communities in South Africa and within each
    element promotes ownership, control and management of broadcasting
    services by persons from historically disadvantaged groups;
    ( d) encourages fair competition in the provision of programes and services.

(2) Subject to subsection (I), the Minister is ultimately responsible to develop policy
that is required from time to time.
(3) Public and commercial broadcasting services must comply with international
technical standards and the broadcasting system must be readily adaptable to scientific
and technological advances. 5
(4) The broadcasting system, as a whole, must provide educational programming,
and where such programming is provided by a dedicated education service, must be
extended throughout the Republic within the financial resources.
(5) The programming provided by the South African broadcasting system must-
( a) be varied and comprehensive, providing a balance of information, education IO
and entertainment meeting the broadcasting needs of the entire South African
population in terms of age, race, gender, interests and backgrounds;
( b) be varied and offer a range of South African content and analysis from a South
African perspective;
(c) must be drawn from local, regional. national and international sources; 15
( d) provide a reasonable, balanced opportunity for the public to receive a variety
of points of view on matters of public concern;
( e) provide a significant place for programmes produced by the independent
production sector;
(f) comply with the code of conduct for broadcasting services as prescribed in 20
Schedule 1 of the IBA Act;
(6) A range of programming in the Republic’s official languages must be extended to
all South Africans as circumstances permit.
(7) The human resources development strategy for the broadcasting sector must be
viewed holistically in terms of qualification standards, skills development, teaching, 25
inter-relationships with the complementary sectors and the funding of the training
system.

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