Oh please. Just get this infrastructure in place add it will be of overall benefit to South Africans.
I don't know about the rest of their argument but 2-3 years (however true) is strange in a fast moving technology world. Are the manufacturers designing the compatible boxes or are they just assemblers? Shouldn't the decryption be a ASIC or a software module?
I would have to agree with the minister. I wouldn't want a flood of poorly produced STB's making everyone but the consumers benefit. There definitely needs to be a barrier so that only authorized manafucturers can produce these things ensuring quality.
The TV debate is rather irrelevant in the larger scheme of things: far more important is getting that spectrum freed up for real economic benefit and managing entry of internet-based content distributors (the real future) who can offer global and local competition