Lumko Caesario Mtimde

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Lumko Caesario Mtimde "is a graduate of the University of the Western Cape and the University of South Africa where he completed a BSc. degree in Physiology and Biochemistry and a Postgraduate Diploma in Telecommunications and Information Policy respectively. He also completed the Executive Development Programme through NetTel@Africa (LTA, Lesotho).

"His experience include working as a Communication Development Consultant after leaving the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), accordingly did some work for, among others, Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA), AMARC Africa, SACOD, Article 19 and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism of South Africa.

"From 2001 - 2002, he served as a General Manager / Chief Director (Broadcasting Policy) of the Department of Communications, Ministry of Communications.

"Before that, he served the IBA, as a Councillor from 1998 to 2000, following his appointment by the then South African President Nelson Mandela, in terms of the IBA Act. This followed after four and a half years serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF). He served as Vice President (Southern and Eastern Africa) of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasting (AMARC), President of AMARC Africa and as a Vice President (Africa) of the International Board of Directors of AMARC based in Montreal, Canada until 1998. He was also an Executive Member of the South African Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA). He was also once a member of the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI).

"In 1995, he received the World Solidarity Award at Gorhe Island, Senegal, on behalf of the NCRF from AMARC. He is also a founder member of National Community Media Forum (NCMF), the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), Bush Radio (the first Community Radio in South Africa) and AMARC Africa (the organization of Community Radio in Africa). He also served on the Broadcasting Policy Stakeholders Advisory Committee following his appointment to the Committee by the then Minister of Communications, Jay Naidoo.

"Generally, he has traveled extensively around the world on broadcasting and telecommunications-related missions, and has wide experience in broadcasting policy issues, telecommunications policy issues and is one of the long serving Council members of the communications regulator. Besides his communications policy and regulatory experience, organizational experience and general management experience, in the past he served in the student leadership, as a student activist. He is passionate about community development, universal service and access of communication services.

"In 2002, he was appointed by President Thabo Mbeki to serve ICASA as a Councillor for a 4 years term of office until 2006, in terms of the ICASA Act of 2000. He was also a member of the Board of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) until November 2006. During his term at ICASA, he also served as the Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications Regulatory Association of Southern Africa (TRASA) based in Botswana, now called CRASA. He also served in the NetTel@Africa Executive Council, as Deputy Chairperson and Acting Chairperson. He also represented ICASA, as a member of the ICT BEE Steering Committee, which developed the ICT BEE Charter." [1]

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  1. Lumko Caesario Mtimde, Media Development and Diversity Agency, accessed March 17, 2009.