DIGITAL MIGRATION: Is e.TV’s commercial interest more established than that of SA?

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni talks about digital migration and the progress made so far.

Communications and Digital Technology Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has called on South Africans to ask free-to-air broadcaster e.TV about their tactics to delay the country’s digital switchover.

Earlier this week, the Pretoria High Court ruled that the analogue switch-off date should be moved from the end of March to the end of June.

Speaking to Clement Manyathela, Ntshavheni said the delays were costing South Africans dearly.

The delays did not cost the government, they cost the country. e.TV has been suing us since 2015 on this issue because the 2011 deadline had not been met due to the dispute over the purchase of decoders.

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Where we are is not the government’s problem, e.TV has always been the spoiler in this digital migration and it is time for South Africans to ask e.TV: is their business interest more acquired than the national interest of this country?

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Ntshavheni says they see around 50,000 applications per month for set-top boxes.

She adds that she does not know how many people watch analogue television and how many will be affected on the shutdown date.

Listen to the full discussion below:

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