The Minister of Communications has reiterated a commitment to give a 100% subsidy for digital migration to poor communities.
Minister Faith Muthambi, visiting Rustenburg for a digital migration imbizo, says government will provide 5-million set-top boxes (STBs) to poor households with an income of less than R3 200.
“One of our responsibilities is communication, to make contact with our people, to see how they live and get feedback so that they can tell us what they want. This is what was exciting about our imbizo today. We urge our indigents to visit their nearest post offices to register for free set-top boxes,” Muthambi says.
North-West premier Supra Mahumapelo adds: “We have been doing door-to door visit to speak to communities and try to resolve their problems in the spirit of saamwerk saamtrek. This imbizo dovetails North West Province’s VTSD (Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies) initiative, which is aimed at addressing the unequal distribution of resources and services and ultimately ensuring that our people who live in villages, townships and small towns are prioritised in terms of economic development and service delivery.”
SABC Broadcast Facilities regional manager Victor Thabeng says digital migration will make television viewing more pleasurable as the signal is clearer compared to analogue.