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SA races against ITU switchover deadline

SA minister of communications Yunis Carrim
SA minister of communications Yunis Carrim

JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH Africa’s ruling tripartite alliance and civil society organsations have called for the speeding up of processes to enable the switching-over from analogue to digital broadcasting before the deadline the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) set approaches.

As the ITU’s June deadline approaches, secretary generals of the African National Congress (ANC), Congress of South African Trades Union (COSATU), South African Communist Party (SACP) and the South African National Civics Organisation (SANCO) pressured the government to be ready to switch-over.

The four organisations have converged in Cape Town to reassert the decisions of the ANC Lekgotla as well as reaffirming the need to implement the digital migration.

“It (secretariat) recognises the potential negative cost implications on the country should the ITU’s June 2015 deadline not be met. Therefore, we urge Government to move swiftly and with the necessary speed to effect these decisions that will ensure that the production of set-top boxes and the new generation of TVs will create tens of thousands of local South African jobs,” the statement sent to CAJ News read.

Already in Africa, countries comprising Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been leading in their preparations of migrating from analogue to a digital broadcasting signal while South Africa encounters delays in its switch-over bids. This is a result of regulation wrangles in Africa’s technology hub.

– CAJ News




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