The Minister of Communications Ms. Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and the Deputy Minister Tandi Mahambehlala takes the Broadcasting Digital Migration public awareness campaign to the community of Bizana, in the Eastern Cape on the 26thof October 2017. The department carried out a rollout of the Broadcasting Digital Migration, which has resulted in the installation of Set-Top-Boxes (STB’s) across several municipal districts. The national average registration for STBs per day is sitting at 3000; while an average of 1400 decoders are installed daily.
“We need to ensure that our community can get maximum benefits from information and technology that government avails in order to cultivate a new crop of learners who will be ready and able to place this country on a sustainable growth trajectory,” said Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.
Minister Kubayi-Ngubane has reiterated that the digital migration project requires an appreciation of the bigger picture and the long-term benefits. She said, “This project has the potential to make a difference in the lives of all South Africans. It brings with it job creation opportunities, especially in broadcasting and digital content production as well as the release of spectrum that can be used for broadband and telephony services.”
The implementation of the digital migration project will further provide great potential to restructure South Africa’s ICT infrastructure in support of the National Development Plan’s goals of stimulating growth in the sector. This requires a stronger broadband and telecoms network that is affordable to all.