CityPress - - Voices -

he mi­gra­tion of tele­vi­sion broad­casts from ana­logue to dig­i­tal ter­res­trial tele­vi­sion (DTT) has cost South Africa just less than R8.5 bil­lion and is pro­jected to cost a fur­ther R929 mil­lion un­til 2018.

The state agen­cies that have re­ceived fund­ing to im­ple­ment the new-for­mat TV are sig­nal dis­trib­u­tor Sen­tech (R2.3 bil­lion); public broad­caster the SABC (R2.3 bil­lion); the Uni­ver­sal Ser­vice and Ac­cess Agency of SA (Usaasa) (R1.6 bil­lion), which is tasked with bring­ing in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy (ICT) to all; and the Uni­ver­sal Ser­vice and Ac­cess Fund (Usaf ) (R1.5 bil­lion), which funds ICT projects.

Anal­y­sis shows that a sig­nif­i­cant amount of the money that has been spent so far has been a waste be­cause of de­lays in the DTT process.

So, where does all this money go and what caused the de­lays?


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