FPB talks online regulation at The Internet Of Things Africa Summit & SMART Expo

The Internet of Things Africa Summit and SMART expo 2016 (IOTAS2016), organized by Smart Events took place from 6th to 7th July 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The two day professional summit focused on helping ecosystem players to point out IoT (Internet of Things) opportunities, addressing existing concerns and shape their strategies.

The summit was an exclusive networking opportunity to engage IT Execs from across the continent, who discussed local, regional and the global state of the industry with its progress, challenges and outlook. It also covered how IoT is transforming the way we live and do business, as well as areas like Socio-Economic Impact & Potential of IoT in Africa, Opportunities, Challenges & Solutions.

FPB’s was incited to present on the online regulation policy, and Legal Officer Mrs Tholoana Ncheke presented and used the platform to inform summit goers about the policy developments and the effects thereof as well as the Amendment Bill. ” IoT is upon us and has the potential to transform the way we live, work, and interact with each other and is fundamentally transform the way we do everything,” says Manager Communications and Public Education, Janine Raftopoulos, who was also on hand at the Summit along with Sipho Mkhwanazi from the FPB Outreach team.

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day to honour Nelson Mandela, and it’s celebrated each year on 18 July which is Mandela’s birthday. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. Mr Mandela spent 67 years making the world a better place. Mandela Day is about spending 67 minutes on Nelson Mandela’s birthday the 18 July, and calls for people around the globe to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world. FPB will commemorate the Mandela Day by donating clothes, food parcels, paint and beds for the children at The Lord is My Sheppard Children’s Home, in Kwa-Thema, a township east of Gauteng . We intend to also spend the day teaching the children about the importance of cyber safety and help them understand the services and mandate of the FPB. It is also an opportunity for staff to be responsible citizens and give back to a community. Thank you to all the staff members that have brought in their contributions to make this event a success and to all those who will be in attendance at the event. Contributions and donations can still be submitted to Sipho from the Communications Unit.


Our outreach team was out and about with the Minister of Communication, Honorable Ms Faith Muthambi, this time in a small village just off Polokwane called Ga-Mothapo. Joining the outreach team were council members Natalie Skeepers and Advocate Nevondwe. The community welcomed the team festively, eager to hear about digital migration and cyber safety. Alongside the Department of Communications, FPB was exhibiting with other entities like the SABC, Department of Home Affairs, ICASA and others.

The outreach team was able to conduct robust conversations about cyber safety and the need for healthy usage of the internet. The community expressed a great need for such campaigns and engagements especially amongst the youth. Ms Faith Muthambi was very impressed with exhibition and dialogues and specifically requested to be featured in a vlog available on our social media pages. Link for Vlog

Keep an eye out for our outreach team, we may just be in your front yard soon.

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