Sunday, 29 October 2018
Welkom: Minister of Communications took the registration of decoders to the community of Mphatlalatsane; Thabong; Welkom, in Free State.
Addressing residents at Lemotso Primary school, Minister Mokonyane said government is biased towards the poor.
Minister outlined objectives of digital migration as follows:
- Registration and decoder subsidy to qualifying households;
- Publicity of the migration process and cut off date of December 2018 in Free State;
- Local retailers and installers. Young people will be given opportunities to be installers and do maintanance. There will be stringent and vetting process for installers and they will be locally based;
- Crystal clear pictures and visuals; and
- Additional channels, regional based tv stations and promotion of local contents.
“Government has taken a decision to accelerate digital migration and it is our responsibility to assist the poor. We are also making an appeal to our people, particularly the old and unemployed, to register for set top boxes. Out of 8000 people in this area, only 3000 have registered and we are appealing to others to register so that they aren’t left behind.” said Minister Mokonyane.
Minister Mokonyane also appealed to residents to pay their television licenses.
The Minister and her delegation that included, MEC Mathabo Leeto, Director General of Free State; Mr Kopung Ralikontsoane, Executive Mayor of Matjhabeng; Nkosinjani Speelman, went into a door-to-door registration campaign and also gave flat screen tv’s to deserving households.
The door-to-door registration was aimed at the elderly and disabled, as well as those qualifying families who, for credible reasons, are unable to go to their nearest Post Office for registration.
The registration process run concurrently with the one taking place at the Post Office.
All analogue transmitters in the Free State province will be switched off in December 2018.