LOWRANCE SOUTH AFRICA Issue 32 - Page 4

ICASA and SAMSA All electronics which make use of telecommunications, and that are capable of broadcasting messages are required by South African law to be registered with and licensed by ICASA. This means that all marine electronics that make use of either GPS, Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth need to be approved by ICASA. We are proud to report that all of the specified marine electronics sold by Lowrance South Africa have been registered with and licensed by ICASA. Who is ICASA? The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is an independent regulatory body of the South African government, established in 2000 by the ICASA Act to regulate both the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in the public interest. Some of functions of ICASA include the following: • To license broadcasters, signal distributors, providers of telecommunication services and postal services; • To make regulations; • To impose license conditions; • To plan, assign, control, enforce and manage the frequency spectrum; • To ensure international and regional co-operation; • To consult with Ministry of Communications; In the end, ICASA is just looking out for the customers’ best interest. We at Lowrance SA pride ourselves in always looking out for our customers too – so we are happy to comply with all ICASA requirements. Before you purchase any GPS unit (either for on-land or on-water use), you should make sure that there is an ICASA sticker on the product packaging. If there is no sticker- make sure to enquire about the product’s ICASA approval prior to purchasing. There have been quite a few boating regulation changes lately…