Amendment of Chapter 1 of the Telecommunications Act.
follows, because of its length, will be abbreviated but the full version
is available for perusal.
is an extract from a communiqué issued by Dr. Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri.
She is the Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Broadcasting
and has a bearing on our hobby and our service as emergency
communicators. Herewith an
extract from the new regulations as it affects Amateur Radio in South
Africa. This extract has a
direct bearing on Emergency Communications.
The Licensee is permitted:
to engage in communication with other licensed amateur stations,
using the permitted Amateur Bands, which shall be restricted to comments
on technical investigations, remarks of a personal nature and other
items of a common interest. No
derogatory, racist, sexual, irreligious, improper, blasphemous,
insulting, obscene or threatening remarks shall be transmitted;
In the case of an emergency, where the safety of life or limb is
at stake, to communicate with any other stations, using the Amateur
Bands and other bands outside the amateur allocation, to prevent loss of
life, to render assistance, to call for assistance or convey health and
welfare messages, directly connected with the emergency, under the
permission of the Authority.
to practice emergency communications by providing communications
for cycle, motor, marathon, rallies and general community service,
especially in times of national interest . Providing that the station
engaged in the practice be registered with the national body
representing amateur radio in the Republic of South Africa.
to carry out communications in plain language or Q Code
To send signals (not enciphered) which form part of, or relate
to, the transmission of messages (e.g. Identification Tones)
No amateur radio station or license holder shall transmit
political, derogatory, racist, sexual, irreligious, improper,
blasphemous, insulting, obscene, or threatening remarks.
No amateur station or license holder shall advertise any goods or
services or anything else, or transmit any news or messages on behalf of
a third person on an amateur station: provided that the Authority may
authorise a licensee to transmit;
(a) Reports on behalf of or by a third person during events that are
in the judgement
of the Authority in the public interest
Information bulletins that are of direct interest to amateurs; and
Morse Code for reception by persons learning Morse Code operation or for
improving their competence in Morse.
For the purposes of this regulation, messages and signals include
communication by any of the modes or types of modulation permitted in
Appointed stations of the recognised national body representing
Amateur Radio in the Republic of South Africa are permitted to broadcast
news bulletins and programs of general interest which are of a general
nature, to further the Amateur Radio Service, radio science and
No amateur radio station or license holder shall advertise any
goods or services or anything else, or transmit any news or messages on
behalf of a third person except as outlined in sub-regulations (1) and
Stations registered as educational stations will be allowed to
demonstrate amateur radio to persons who do not hold a amateur radio
license by allowing them to speak and operate the station under the
supervision of a licensed amateur at a club station participating in a
special educational event or at educational
licensed amateur and the event must be registered with the recognised
national body representing amateur radio in the Republic of South