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Minister pushes for implementation of digital migration

Minister pushes for implementation of digital migration

Newly appointed Minister of Communication Ayanda Dlodlo says South Africa cannot afford another delay in the implementation of digital migration.

A week ago the former Defence Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration became the new Communications Minister after President Jacob Zuma's cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking on Morning Live, Dlolo says she is meeting with different stakeholders that will help her ensure the implementation of digital migration.

Dlodlo will be overseeing different institutions that fall under her ministry, including the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

In December 2016, the nation watched as Parliament's Ad hoc committee went through a rigorous process to get to the root of the problems at the public broadcaster.

The committee folded the process by issuing a report with recommendations.

"I am meeting with the SABC again today (Thursday). I will be meeting with ICASA as well and I will be meeting with manufactures. I need to meet with role players that will ensure that I am able to effect the implementation of the DTT as soon as we can."

She says they need to meet with the key role players to get rid of the legal hurdles that have been on the way of implementing digital migration.

Dlodlo says the SABC is going to be one of the most difficult institutions she will have to deal with.

“Over the years, the SABC in some way or the other has had problems. This is not because of Hlaudi Motsoeneng or whoever who was a CEO before him. I think it is just a structural issue amongst others. There should also be the right mix of personnel at the SABC that the mandate is properly achieved.”

She says if there is a public mandate to the SABC, the funding of the SABC should also be taken into account.

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