Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. Hon members, on 16 May 2012, a request to consider the appointment of council members to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, Icasa, Council was referred to the committee.
We invited nominations from the public and 39 people showed a keen interest in serving as Icasa councillors. On 5, 6 and 7 September 2012 we interviewed 15 candidates in order to make sure that we got five candidates, as per the requirement of the Icasa Act. Because there are three vacancies in Icasa, we have to submit five names to the Minister, so that the Minister can appoint three out of the five, in terms of the relevant Icasa Act, Act No 13 of 2000. As parties we came to the conclusion that we should recommend the five names to the House for consideration, so that these names can be recommended to the Minister for the appointment of three.
I must say that as parties on that portfolio committee we all agreed on three names, but I must also indicate that we differed on two names. The names we, as a committee, are recommending to this House for the Minister, of which three must be appointed, are, firstly, Ms Nomvuyiso Batyi; secondly, Mr Khulile Boqwana; thirdly, Ms Nomonde Gongxeka; fourthly, Mr Manyara Rubben Mohlaloga; and lastly, Ms Katharina Gloria Shirley Pillay.
As I have indicated, there was consensus among the committee members on three of the names, but we could not agree on two of the names. However, I present the five names to the House for consideration, for recommendation to the Minister, in order for him to appoint three, as per the requirement of the Act. Thank you very much.
There was no debate. Question put: That the House recommends to the Minister of Communications that three of the following candidates be appointed to serve on the Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa: Ms Nomvuyiso Batyi, Mr Khulile Boqwana, Ms Nomonde Gongxeka, Mr Manyara Rubben Mohlaloga and Ms Katharina Gloria Shirley Pillay.
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