Who is ICASA?

ICASA” is an acronym for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. They were established in July 2000 as a merger between the Telecommunications Regulators Association of Southern Africa and the Independent Broadcasting Authority.

ICASA is responsible for regulating the telecommunications, broadcasting and postal industries in the public interest, and they ensure affordable services of high quality for all South Africans.

It also issues licences to telecommunications and broadcasting service providers, enforces compliance with rules and regulations, protects consumers from unfair business practices and poor quality services, hears and decides on disputes and complaints brought against licensees, and controls and manages the effective use of radio frequency spectrum.

Why do I need an ICASA Radio Dealer Certificate?

Any person/company who deals in radio apparatus (supply, installation and repair), either personally or as an agent, must have a radio apparatus dealer certificate issued by the Authority. It ensures that the rights of both dealers and customers are protected.

What happens if I don’t get a certificate?

Unfortunately, this means you will be unable to legally purchase, sell, install or repair licensed radios. It is also important to note that the fines for non-compliance and contravening ICASA regulations range from R50 000 to R5 000 000, depending on the violation.

How do I get a license?

The process begins with creating an account on the ICASA online portal and submitting a “Radio Dealer” application online. Once you are issued with your license, you have to ensure your annual license fee remains paid and up-to-date.

Download the ICASA Gazette for more info on compliance, the application process, fines, and penalties.

PLEASE NOTE: This article is for informational purposes only and all info must be verified with ICASA.