Min­is­ter still con­sult­ing on ana­logue switch off

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THE of­fi­cial date to switch off ana­logue sig­nal for broad­cast­ing still has to be set by the min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

This is ac­cord­ing to a writ­ten re­sponse from new min­is­ter Stella Nd­abeni-Abra­hams. Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers MP Ntombovuyo Mente had asked a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion about the dead­line for dig­i­tal mi­gra­tion to be com­pleted.

Her pre­de­ces­sor, Nomvula Mokonyane, said at a brief­ing in Oc­to­ber the Free State would be the first to be switched off from the cur­rent ana­logue TV sys­tem to dig­i­tal ter­res­trial tele­vi­sion and the process was ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of the year.

Nd­abeni-Abra­hams re­ferred to the Dig­i­tal Mi­gra­tion Rules, set out in the Gov­ern­ment Gazette on De­cem­ber 14, 2012, to re­spond to ques­tions about time­lines of the process. “The date for the com­mence­ment of dual il­lu­mi­na­tion pe­riod as well as the date for the fi­nal switch-off of the ana­logue sig­nal will be pub­lished by the min­is­ter in the Gazette,” Nd­abeniAbra­hams quoted from the rules.

Nd­abeni-Abra­hams added that she was yet to set a dead­line, based on a re­vised de­liv­ery model and plan.

The De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions re­vised the de­liv­ery model, which was ap­proved by Cab­i­net, she ex­plained.

“Al­though Cab­i­net has ap­proved July 2020 as the date for ana­logue switch-off, the min­is­ter will mon­i­tor progress and af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the Cab­i­net, gazette the date based on the progress made,” she said. — Fin24.

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