WHAT IS RICA?
Rica – the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communications-related Information Act – came into effect in July this year and compels you to become a registered cellphone user with your network provider. To do this, you must register your cellphone SIM card by the end of January 2011.
You need to register your SIM card at your cellphone network provider (Cell C, MTN, Virgin Mobile or Vodacom) if you are: An existing contract customer; An existing pre-paid customer;
About to take out a new cellphone contract; or
Buying a new pre-paid SIM card. The information your network provider needs to make you Ricacompliant is: Your cellphone number; Your identity number, which you will have to verify by producing your green bar-coded identity document, a temporary identity certificate, or a valid passport or travel document and a certified copy of the verification document.
Your residential and postal addresses; and
Proof of your residential or employment address, using either a current utility account or a recent bank statement (not more than three months old).
Your cellphone network provider will keep a certified copy of your identity document on file.
If a minor buys a cellphone starter pack, his or her parent or guardian is responsible for registering the SIM card and providing the necessary Ricarelated information.
If you fail to register by the January 2011 deadline, your SIM card will be disconnected from your cellphone provider and rendered useless until you meet the Rica requirements.