Palesa KadiPalesa Kadi


South Africa

 

Occupational Information


Job Title: Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa – ICASA

Professional History


Palesa Kadi is a media activist, researcher, and a regulator in the broadcasting and telecommunications space. She was inspired to study politics and history when her township junior grade school was burnt down by youths protesting for equal education in South Africa. After attending a multiracial school under intense race conditions, she pursued studies in politics. She currently is a Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa – ICASA, where she is responsible for a range of strategic, regulatory and governance functions that include elections broadcasting; community media broadcasting; sports broadcasting; cybersecurity regulations; alternative dispute resolution for consumers and telecommunications operators; strategy; compliance, and governance.

Her areas of expertise are in corporate governance, media development, communications, content regulation, capacity development, consumer awareness, and advocacy. Kadi's experience and involvement in community-based structures range from national youth organizations, university senate committees, and local government to public sector entities at large. As a Ph.D. candidate in Planning and Architecture at Wits University, she has written peoples' histories in context; perspectives on space and urban planning histories;  and about South Africa's readiness for the 4th industrial revolution. She helped draft a national rural tourism strategy; the development of provincial economic and tourism initiatives in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup; and was involved in a number of high-level public-policy projects in media, content regulation, culture, and sports development.

Palesa has served on a number of boards, including the Calabash Trust, a community tourism initiative in Nelson Mandela Bay; the Eastern Province Cricket Board; the Alliance France Management Board; Commonwealth Youth Advisory board; Media Development and Diversity Agency board; and on the National Heritage Council. She has served on the National Council of Libraries and Information Services; the National Heritage Council Funding Committee; South African National Geographical Names Council; and as a council member of the Tshwane North TVET College. She is an advisory member of the Women in Technology in Africa (WiT) group, an initiative of the UN South to South Corporation office. Palesa continues to champion the development of regulations in the broadcasting and telecommunications sector.

Qualifications


BA (History) University of the Western Cape (UWC)
BA Honours (Political Studies) (UWC)
MA Public & Visual History (UWC)
Postgraduate Diploma in Development & Public Sector Monitoring & Evaluation, Wits School of Governance

Program


2006 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


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