Click HERE to download original published document.

    Don’t be left behind when people Go Digital. Department of Communications (DOC) and Maluti A Phofung Local Municipality (MAP) Executive Mayor Cllr Gilbert Mokotso accompanied by Post Office, Lesedi FM, GODIGITAL SA, Skyworth, DSTV and OVHD brought to the attention of the community the message on how the country’s Digital Migration is going to work and the importance for people to migrate from analogue to digital.

    The event took place on the 18th August 2018 at RJR Masiea Library in Setsing complex in Qwa Qwa. Thuli Dladla in the DOC from GoDigital SA section indicated that the digital broadcasting/migration is the way the world is moving nowadays. Digital Migration is a process in which broadcasting services offered on the traditional analogue technology are replaced with digital based networks over a specific period and is far more efficient as she stated “this also allows for better pictures, sound quality and capability for enhanced applications such as electronic programme guides. It will also increase the amount and variety of television content, and therefore increase consumer choice with many positive economic spin-offs.” She added that in order to move to Digital Migration one need a Set-Top Box (STB), also called a decoder, which is a device that will decode the digital signal to enable the channels to be displayed on your TV set and about 5 million indigents are going to receive this decoders for free.

    Speaking with the Executive Mayor Cllr Gilbert Mokotso in an interview with Lesedi FM, He said the country needs to move with the times, saying most community members still use TV set that is analogue “Ke rata hore baahi ba sokang ba ingodisa balo ngodisa diposong hobane ha Migration cut off ese e etsahala bakekebe bakgona ho ngodisa”. He further said municipality will assist with government stakeholders to encourage residents to move from analogue to digital.

    Kevin Skosana from Openview HD “Openview is a product or an option now compared to DSTV, you buy a decoder for R399, if you already have an existing dish then you are sorted because you can do it yourself but if you don’t have a dish you get an installer to do it for you. There are no monthly fees when you have a dish and you will be watching over 18 channels and some of them in high definition with no charge, the installation is immediately”.

    Mme MaRadebe is the community member and is first of many to receive the STB as she’s an indigent who receives less than R3200 per month. She stated that “Ke fumane molaetsa oreng ketlo lata STB yaka keye ho elata posong hotloha ka di 27 July hofihla ka di 17 August”. So please come and register to get your own STB so to enjoy the good quality TV and not be left behind.

    By Bongiwe Vilakazi