South African government is planning to regulate streaming services such as Netflix, ShowMax, Kwese, YouTube, etc.
The country’s minister of communications Ayanda Dlodlo said in a speech that she is planning to present a draft white paper on the Audio-Visual and Digital Content Policy for South Africa to cabinet for approval before publishing it for public comments.
Dlodlo said the current draft white revises the Broadcasting Act 1999 to respond to the new challenges, the overall broadcasting paradigm that is changing and constitutes a decisive step by government to reflect and respond to the changes brought about by convergence over broadband networks.
“It therefore updates the broadcasting policy to, amongst other things, create a fairer environment for traditional broadcasters, video-on-demand providers and video-sharing platforms; promote South African content; promotion of diversity of voices in the media, nation building and social cohesion; propose approaches and strategies to deal with the broadcasting spectrum over the next years; proposes a new approach to protect children, minors, the vulnerable; and limitations on the availability and ability to tackle on/off line harmful material and hate speech better,” she said.
Dlodlo added that this will create and promote the certainty of a fair legal and regulatory environment; and a fair and innovation-friendly Audio-visual and Digital Content market environment.
“I will shortly be presenting the White Paper to cabinet for approval before we publish it for public comments.”