20 May 2015
Minister of Communications
Faith Muthambi this afternoon delivered the department’s budget vote speech
under the theme “New Department: New Possibilities”.
Minister Muthambi said the
National Development Plan will guide the department’s vision. The NDP envisages
an active citizenry that participates in the socioeconomic life of the country.
It states that in “2030, South Africans will be more conscious of the things
they have in common than of their differences, and that their lived experiences
will progressively undermine and cut across the divisions of race, gender,
disability, space and class.
Muthambi said it is therefore
our firm belief that this is achievable when government is at the centre of
providing effective and efficient communication to support these aspirations.
Meanwhile the broadcasting
digital migration off date of the 17th of June 2015 will not be met.
Cabinet has approved the final
amendments to the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy, which unlocks the
project to enable implementation.
Minister Muthambi said they
are aware that digital migration is an area of great public interest.
“As we have made progress
however this is an area of critical work for us as the department including the
public broadcaster the SABC and also the regulator itself ICASA” Muthambi
In terms of digital migration
the department has launched a focused Public Awareness Campaign in the next
four weeks. R22 million has been identified to enable the implementation of the
broadcasting digital migration awareness campaign.
Labels: Amendments to the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy approved