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Cellphone Red Tape Also For Visitors In SA

Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:03 pm`

From the article

"FOREIGN visitors entering SA will need to open up their cellphone and have its identity number recorded before they can use it here, if a proposed security measure finds its way into law.

SA faces international condemnation if it becomes the only country in the world to blacklist all foreign phones and ban visitors from making calls unless their handset details and passport number are recorded, experts warn.

The risk that all visitors will be forced to comply — or have their phones automatically blocked during their stay — is contained in the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communications Related Information (Rica) Amendment Bill now before Parliament’s justice committee."

its nice to know there will longer queues in JNB when we visit

this what happens when a lazy govt minister wants to be seen to be doing something
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RE: Cellphone Red Tape Also For Visitors In SA

Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:56 pm

Oh heck - it's bad enough with the proposed registration with positive ID (nog al) for prepaid users which is what, about 50% of all GSM users - I'll have great fun getting my 11 year old's fone legalised (duh).

This, act you mention, will really make landing in JNB slower than any other airport on the continent - will make LOS and DLA look like a walk in the park!
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RE: Cellphone Red Tape Also For Visitors In SA

Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:25 pm

I don't see what they are hoping to achieve from this.

Just another government minister trying to justify his lowly existence by bringing out a new procedure that hasn't been thought through.

Does that also mean that I will have to register even though I use a South African sim card when I'm there ?.

Sounds like a wate of time and money to me.

Why does South Africa feel they need to do this - even public enemy No.1 isn't going this far..............yet !!.

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RE: Cellphone Red Tape Also For Visitors In SA

Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:27 pm

This is the weirdest thing I've heard of in a while. Don't the SA telecom operators make money out of roaming charges and vice versa when S. Africans overseas use their mobiles in roaming mode? I doubt people will be too impressed with this requirement, and SA had better hope that other countries don't decide to do the same thing to them. I don't this will end up as a law, it's just some idiot politician making hot air.
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