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Where is South Africa’s digital migration?
13 October 2021, 11:30 AM

In 2006, the South African government accepted the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) agreement that called for countries to migrate from analogue Television to Digital Television by June 2015.

The purpose of the mandate known as the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) process was to improve the quality of TV services and maximise the efficient use of the spectrum.

The South African government initially set the deadline to complete the migration process by 2011, however, this never happened as the programme suffered setback after setback during the technology negotiations process.

On March 18, 2015, South Africa started the process of migrating broadcasting signals from analogue to digital.

However, recently Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Khumbudzo Ntshavheni indicated that the television broadcast digital migration process is set to meet the 31 March 2022 deadline that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his State of the Nation Address earlier this year.

To assist the masses, the government says it will run an Analogue Switch-off message that will scroll on analogue TVs with dates to ensure that the population is aware and migrates before the set dates to continue receiving television services.

Why a Digital Migration?

Digital Migration by SABC Digital News

Ntshavheni said, “It is important for South Africa to switch off [analogue] because of one, our commitment to the ITU but if we do not switch off the ITU will switch us off, which will mean that things will be disruptive because we will not have control of the process.”

She added: “The switch to digital terrestrial television allows the country to move into the digital age and get the much-needed spectrum. You will recall now with the experience that we have had with the COVID-19 pandemic, how spectrum has come into being a major player.”

The Minister said 1.1 million households out of 3.7 million have been registered for the digital migration process. She says the government migrated 556 954 beneficiary households from the current total of 1.184 million, adding that almost 10.5 million households out of just over 14 million have self-migrated through private satellite boxes.

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TIMELINE: DIGITAL MIGRATION

IN BRIEF: Parties, Independent candidates contesting LGE2021
4 October 2021, 1:28 PM

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) recently released its candidate lists for parties, big and small, and independent candidates amongst others who will be contesting the upcoming 2021 Local Government Elections.

A vast majority of the small parties are not represented in the National Assembly and will be seeking to gain the trust of communities for the first time in their different wards. Others have a foothold amongst voters and will be looking to grow their support.

LIVE: Judicial Service Commission Constitutional Court judge Interviews
4 October 2021, 9:00 AM

The Judicial Service Commission will start re-running interviews for two Constitutional Court judge positions on Monday.

The JSC agreed to the re-run after a legal challenge from the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, which argued that the original process was flawed.

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Three more Durban officers hand themselves over to IPID for alleged murder of suspect in custody
1 October 2021, 11:00 AM

Three more police officers have handed themselves to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) at the Durban Central Police station.

The officers are part of the 22 officers who are being investigated for the alleged torture and murder of a suspect in Chatsworth in 2018.

Regan Naidoo and two other men were taken in for questioning about a firearm that was used in a murder case.

The three officers are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court facing charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, defeating the ends of justice and torture.

IPID spokesperson Grace Langa says, “Today we managed to arrest three additional police officers relating to the same matter of attempted murder death, and assault of the deceased Ragan Naidoo.”

“We were expecting to arrest plus-minus five to eight but somehow we did not see others coming forward. It’s something IPID will deal with, it’s not an issue for us. We will deal with it after this. For now, we have three that will appear in court,” adds Langa.

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LIVE: Electoral Code of Conduct pledge for 2021 Municipal Elections
1 October 2021, 9:15 AM

The Electoral Commission will be hosting the pledge signing of the Electoral Code of Conduct by political parties contesting the 2021 Municipal Elections on Friday, October 1, 2021.

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