Ms. Bridget Mphatso Linzie was appointed as the Executive Secretary (ES) at the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) from the 1st June 2021. This is the first time that CRASA Members have appointed a woman as its Executive Secretary in the organization’s 24-year history. She is entrusted with assisting the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to achieve harmonisation of its electronic communications and Postal regulatory environment.
Prior to being appointed to the ES position, Ms Linzie served as the CRASA Head of Electronic Communications under the department that develops various model ICT regulatory guidelines that are adapted by the CRASA Members. During her tenure in that office, she managed to oversee development of over 35 model guidelines and production of position papers on various regulatory thematic areas.
Prior to being the Head of Electronic Communications, Ms Linzie was the CRASA Operations Manager. During that period, Ms Linzie lead the organization during a critical time when SADC Ministers responsible for Telecommunications, Postal and ICTs resolved in June 2009 to merge CRASA with the Southern African Postal Regulators’ Association (SAPRA). SAPRA focused on the harmonisation of regulation of the postal markets in southern Africa. CRASA, therefore, since 2011, focuses on harmonisation of regulatory environment for the telecommunication, broadcasting and postal markets.
CRASA is an Association of Communications Regulatory Authorities in Southern Africa, established in 1997 within the framework of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology. CRASA is an implementing agency of SADC that actively pursues the goals of regional integration and economic growth. This mandate is primarily advanced through fostering a harmonised, enabling regulatory environment for the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Broadcasting Infrastructure and Services in the SADC Region.