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South African ICT policy expert joins ICANN

Mandla Msimang, a seasoned South African ICT regulatory expert and entrepreneur, has been appointed to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board of directors.

In a statement, minister of communications and digital technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams lauded Msimang’s appointment, saying she joins other global experts to lead ICANN.

ICANN is a global non-profit organisation responsible for co-ordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces of the Internet, ensuring the network's stable and secure operation.

Ndabeni-Abrahams states: “Ms Mandla Msimang’s appointment comes at a time that the department is charged with positioning South Africa as a leader in the fourth industrial revolution, creating an enabling environment for the uptake and usage of the Internet; as well as developing Internet governance protocols that are commensurate to international standards.

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