Communications Minister Faith Muthambi touted as a “great milestone” that 1000 qualifying households had registered to receive subsidised set-top-boxes in the four weeks since it launched its digital migration awareness campaign.
This emerged in a statement which said Muthambi will be taking the campaign to the community of Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga on Friday‚ following a successful campaign in the Northern Cape.
The statement claimed that in the Northern Cape’s Square Kilometre Array area‚ “192 applications were processed within the first five days” of the project being launched on October 2.
“The household registration for set-top-boxes in the Northern Cape is gaining traction‚” said Muthambi‚ adding that this was a “great milestone that the department reached early on in the implementation of the broadcasting migration project”.
Muthambi will be joined in Bushbuckridge by the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the Independent Communications Authority of SA.
The South African Post Office‚ “which is the distributing agent for the set-top-box devices on behalf of government”‚ is expected to be on site too‚ but it has been reported that the utility is facing industrial action from disgruntled workers.