Date: Jun 20, 2018



On 14 June 2018, Department of Communications Minister, Mrs Nomvula Mokonyane was excited to be in Thabong, Welkom, accompanied by Acting Free State Premier, MEC Dora Kotzee of Public Works & Infrastructure, SABC Chairperson, Mr Bongumusa Makhathini, Mr Hosea Jiyane (Acting GE- Corporate Affairs) and Mr Thabang Tsoenyane (PGM-FS) to r-launch DTT (Digital Terrestrial Transmission) campaign.


“We are part of a changing world in as far as access to information is concerned.  DTT is a world-wide programme.  By 2020 all should have migrated to digital.  This is part of the fourth industrial revolution which comes with endless opportunities.  We need to educate the young and old about how technology works,” said Minister Mokonyane whose speech focussed on the youth on the eve of June 16 celebrations.  The Minister called on young people to form cooperatives so that they can be self-sustainable.  She handed over 50 certificates to young learners from the Lejweleputswa District Municipality area who received training from the Department of Public Works to connect the Set Top Boxes (STBs) of registered households.


 As the country races against time to meet the deadline for full migration from analogue to digital, said to be around sometime mid-2019. The South African Post Office is targeting five million indigents to register and they are working closely with The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) to ensure that all the people that have registered do get their decoders and are connected. In the Lejweleputswa District, 38 000 of the 80 000 households that qualify have STBs and are already connected.


SABC was amongst the exhibitors, showcasing the difference between analogue and Digital TV and HR had a Career Expo which attracted a lot of people.  Lesedi FM crew was there also doing live crossing and Thuso Motaung, the Programme Director, kept the audience captivated.


Issued by:  Communications Department

SABC:  Free State & Northern Cape Province


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