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Minister of Communications, accompanied by Free State Premier Ace Magashule, takes the Broadcasting Digital Migration public awareness campaign to Ladybrand


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Minister of Communications, accompanied by Free State Premier Ace Magashule, takes the Broadcasting Digital Migration public awareness campaign to Ladybrand

22nd March 2017


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Communications Minister Ms Faith Muthambi, accompanied by the Premier Ace Magashule, will lead a public awareness campaign to inform community members of Ladybrand, in the Free State, about government’s Broadcasting Digital Migration this Friday the 24th of March 2017.  The speaker of the Provincial Legislature, Mamiki Qabathe, will also be in attendance.

The Free State provincial government has been a strong supporter of the broadcasting digital migration project, encouraging people in public platforms to register for the set-top-boxes.  The Department of Communications has worked closely with the provincial leadership to drive broadcasting digital migration public awareness. “It is encouraging to see the kind of support this project is receiving from the Premier and his provincial cabinet. This province has been at the forefront of driving public awareness around digital migration,” said Muthambi.           


Notes to editors:

  • Total STB registrations processed for the period ending 13 March 2017:  29 882
  • Estimated number of qualifying households with functional TV sets in the Province: 356 547
  • Total STB Installations allocated for the period ending 13 March 2017: 6 398
  • Total STB Installations completed for the period ending 13 March 2017: 5 554
  • Current average monthly registrations processed by SAPO: 11 484

The Department of Communications is working together with the South African Post Office to reach communities and to distribute the subsidised television decoders to qualifying households. As part of its public awareness campaigns, the Department has embarked on door to door visits, whilst also enlisting the support of provincial government to encourage qualifying residents to register.


To qualify for these government subsidised decoders, television viewing households must be earning less than R3200 per month. Additional information is available at all Post Office centres nationwide.

Details of the event:

Venue: Thusanong Park, Ladybrand

Date:  Friday, 24th of March 2017

Time: 9:00am

Enquiries: Mish Molakeng:  082 469 3997


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