New twist in dig­i­tal mi­gra­tion

Daily Dispatch - - News - THABO MOKONE

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

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