Disaster Management Act, 2002
Directions on Zero-rating of Content and Websites for Education and Health
Government Notice 651 of 2020
I, Jackson Mthembu, Acting Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, hereby, under regulation 4(10) of the Regulations made under section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), and published in Government Notice No. R480, Government Gazette No. 43258 of 29 April 2020, issue Directions on the Zero-rating of content and websites for Education and Health, as indicated in the Schedule.Mr Jackson Mthembu (MP)Acting Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies
In these Directions, a word or expression bears the meaning assigned to it in the Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005), Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (Act No. 25 of 2002) and the Regulations made under section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002) and published in Government Notice No. R480, Government Gazette No. 43258 of 29 April 2020, unless the context otherwise indicates.
2.1The purpose of these Directions is to provide a framework for the zero-rating of websites (sites) as contemplated in paragraphs 9.1 and 10.2 of the Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions published in Government Gazette No. 43164, Government Notice No. 417 of 26 March 2020, as amended by Government Notice No. 451 of 6 April 2020 and Government Notice No. 516 of 8 May 2020.2.2An application for zero-rating must be made by submitting the application form set out in Annexure A to the relevant e-mail address provided for in paragraph 3.2, 4.2 or 126.96.36.199The process flow applicable to zero-rating of websites is set out in Annexure B.
3. Zero-rating criteria for Basic Education sector
3.1The following websites qualify for zero-rating subject to approval by the National Department of Basic Education (DBE):3.1.1DBE and Provincial Education Departments’ (PED) website/portals;3.1.2Local websites offering free access to educational content resources;3.1.3Local commercial websites that offer all learners unconditional or free access to educational content resources or offer parents or learners direct access to their respective schools’ teaching and learning content resources;3.1.4Websites of educational institutions registered with the 9 PEDs; and3.1.5Websites of educational institutions accredited by Umalusi.3.2An application for the approval of zero-rating of websites for the Basic Education sector must be submitted to —• Basic Education websites - email@example.com.
4. Zero-rating criteria for Higher Education and Training sector
4.1Websites of the following institutions and colleges qualify for zero-rating subject to approval by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET):4.1.1An institution established, deemed to have been established or declared as a public higher education institution in terms of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997) or a public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution or a Community Education and Training (CET) college referred to in the Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006);4.1.2a public Nursing or Agricultural College;4.1.3an institution registered as a private higher education institution in terms of the Higher Education Act, 1997 or a private college registered in terms of the Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006;4.1.4an institution accredited with one of the Quality Councils to offer programmes/courses which must channel the request through the relevant Quality Council that will submit it on that institution’s behalf;4.1.5an institution which has a memorandum of understanding or similar contract with an existing, registered higher education institution or college which must channel the request through the institution that it is working with. The latter institution must submit the request on the former institution’s behalf as critical to the former institution’s teaching & learning); or4.1.6an institution which has an ac.za or edu.za domain.
5. Zero-rating criteria for Health sector
5.1The following websites qualify for zero-rating subject to approval by the National Department of Health (DoH):5.1.1All COVID-19 related websites identified by the DoH; and5.1.2Local websites offering free access to COVID-19 health content resources.5.2Zero-rating must be provided for websites relevant to Mobile Health Applications approved by the DoH which provide information on COVID-19 or enable COVID-19 interventions.5.3An application for the approval of zero-rating of websites or applications for the Health sector must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Further control measures for zero-rating websites
6.1Breakout from landing websites may be charged, particularly if and when the destination site is not covered within the criteria provided in this Direction.6.2Websites with missing technical information required by network operators for zero-rating, such as SNI (Server Name Identification), will not be zero-rated. The list of these websites must be submitted to the DBE, DHET or DoH for them to gather missing technical information. Progress reporting will be based on websites with all information available.6.3An electronic communications service licensee that requires login details for websites that need to be zero-rated and are using login authentication, must submit a list of the websites that will be shared with relevant departments to make the necessary follow up. The site owner or administrator must provide the network operator with default login details in order to facilitate zero-rating.6.4To enable electronic communications service licensees to efficiently manage this service, websites with dynamic IP addresses will not be zero-rated.
These Directions will come into operation on the date of publication in the Government Gazette.