Last night's State of the Nation address by president Jacob Zuma highlighted the need for additional job creation in South Africa, and the upcoming switch to digital television was picked out as one of the areas that will contribute to the goal of 5-million new jobs.
"In communications, we have committed to convert our television and radio signals from the analogue platform to the more advanced digital signal which will enable quality pictures and sound," Zuma said.
"Jobs will be created in manufacturing, packaging, distribution and installation during this period."
He also hopes that more high-tech jobs could come about if the country wins the Squaer Kilometre Array bid.
"To enhance our innovation in science and technology and create jobs, we are bidding to host the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope," Zuma told the nation.
"The bid has already provided 800 construction job opportunities in the Northern Cape and will create a further 100 jobs this year."
Zuma emphasised the need to create jobs in the years ahead, and said a partnership between business and government would be needed to achieve this ambitious target.
"Research has indicated that we can create jobs in six priority areas. These are infrastructure development, agriculture, mining and beneficiation, manufacturing, the green economy and tourism," he said.
"We cannot create these jobs alone. We have to work with business, labour and the community constituencies. Experience shows that we succeed when we work together."
To help businesses create new jobs, he announced the establishment of a jobs fund of R9-billion over the next three years to finance new job-creation initiatives.
"In addition, the Industrial Development Corporation has set aside R10-billion over the next five years for investment in such economic activities with a high jobs potential," Zuma added.
"It is also my pleasure to announce R20-billion in tax allowances or tax breaks to promote investments, expansions and upgrades in the manufacturing sector."
For a project to qualify, the minimum investment must be R200-million for new projects, and R30-million for expansion and upgrades. The programme will provide an allowance of up to R900-million in tax deductible allowances rand for new investors and R550-million for upgrades and expansions.