Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim has launched the Freevision satellite service to the GaMphahlele in Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality in Limpopo, an area that has intermittent broadcasting signal.

“As the government, we are determined to ensure that we bring services to all South Africans, especially the poor and those in rural areas. It is wrong that some communities are excluded from accessing services for whatever reason,” says Carrim.

He adds that the Department will rollout services in the GaMphahlele area in a phased manner. Yesterday, he handed over Freevision satellite dishes, decoders and TV sets to 10 indigent and child-headed households in the area. Another television set was installed at the Tribal Council offices and another one at the local post office.

“As a community, you now have access to the SABC 24-hour channel on a free to air platform. One of the good things about this is that the community will receive more news and information in Sepedi, your local language,” he says.

He also handed over computers that are connected to the internet to two primary and three high schools in the area. The computers will be used to primarily help improve the quality of education in the area.

“One of the key programmes that will be made available is on maths and science. If we want the young to be employed, and to succeed professionally, they have to have a good grounding in maths and science,” he says.