New twist in digital migration
Ten billion rand and many years later‚ the state is stopping the procurement of set-top boxes meant to facilitate the switch from analogue to digital TV broadcasting‚ opting for an industry-driven “hybrid model”.
That’s according to communications minister and cabinet spokesperson Nomvula Mokonyane‚ who said in Cape Town on Thursday that cabinet had taken the decision at a meeting on Wednesday.
Mokonyane said the government would now stop directly procuring‚ transporting and installing set-top boxes to a projected five million poor households and would seek a public-private partnership with dominant players in broadcasting – such as Multichoice and the SABC – to take the digital migration forward.
Mokonyane said they were now working with a “multidisciplinary advisory council” on the implementation of its new stance on digital migration‚ which includes manufacturers of digital decoders‚ the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa)‚ Stats SA and Telkom.
“Those who are supposed to be cushioned by the government are still going to benefit‚ but not just benefit through a set-top box‚” said Mokonyane.
Meanwhile, energy minister Jeff Radebe said following the cabinet meeting, the government had given the petroleum sector until next Thursday to express views on the proposed introduction of a cap on the price of 93-octane petrol.
“We’ve given the industry until October 18 to respond to us‚ after which we’ll take an appropriate decision.” –
Those who are supposed to be cushioned by the state are still going to benefit