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Government approves TV set-top-boxes

2012-03-22 12:35

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved the Ownership Support Rollout Framework for television set-top-boxes (STBs) to poor households, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi announced on Thursday.

Briefing the media following Cabinet's fortnightly meeting on Tuesday, he said the executive had further approved full subsidisation of television-owning households in those areas of the Northern Cape affected by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

"Cabinet approved the... framework for... STBs to poor households that own television sets, and the full subsidisation of outdoor and indoor antennae and the installation costs associated with rolling out digital signals.

"It further approved the full subsidisation of television-owning households in the SKA project area," he said.

The deadline for so-called digital migration is June 2015. After this date, old-style analogue television sets will require an STB to receive the digital broadcast signal.

Manyi said Cabinet had also approved the STB manufacturing sector development strategy.

The government would "further consult on measures to ensure localisation".

This would spur job creation along the total digital migration value chain, he said.

Comments
  • merkwaardig - 2012-03-22 12:42

    By simply giving things to poor people, they have nothing to work for or aspire too, and will always remain poor. In most countries people have to contribute to society to reap benefits...

      Reshan - 2012-03-22 12:54

      ANC needs to be able to spread their propaganda, how are they going to lie to the people if they can't communicate? And if the people do aspire to be something it means they will get educated and vote for someone else. So give them enough so they willing to stay poor and not too much that they vote for someone else. And when the people do get a little smarter close down there schools...

      Max - 2012-03-22 13:04

      I'm also poor and I'm white...I suppose I don't qaulify then..

  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-03-22 13:04

    "You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931

      Wendy - 2012-03-22 18:13

      Dr Adrian Rogers was BORN IN 1931. That statement was made in the mid-1980's.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-03-22 13:10

    Prioritise the real needs of the poor.It's nearing election time, please do not take advantage of the ignorant. This is another form of a bribe.Watch who gets the supply contract.Give the people what they need, education,health care,houses and jods.

  • ryanbrew - 2012-03-22 13:22

    The comments today all miss what the intent is of going digital. This will mean that everyone who does not pay their TV licence will be switched off! Thus forcing all South African TV owners to pay their licences. No watching in the township, or anywhere else without paying! This was explained in a previous statement by govt about the digital migration. The system would work exactly like DSTV or TOPTV except it would focus on the free to air channels. If your licence is not renewed annually, you dont watch.

      Gungets - 2012-03-22 13:32

      Ryan - it gives the the ability to switch them off, it is not automatic. Bet your bottom dollar that it will not happen. It is only mugs like you and me that pay our licenses because we have something to lose and a whole posse of gestapo that will come to my house and make sure I lose it. Nkandla - not so much.

      Raven - 2012-03-22 14:09

      @ ryanbrew - Sorry, but i think YOU are missing the point. Those that have paid their licenses before, will have to pay for the decoder - those that have never paid, gets one for free and still watches without a license. Your point is moot. I can proudly say that I have not paid my TV-license in the last twenty years! To be fair, I have also not paid for Top-TV or DSTV. Somehow, during the time i have NOT had one of those little propaganda boxes, i have managed to scavange a few hours a day to spend with family, friends, a book, studies, hobbies, etc. I dare anyone to try going without the box for 8 weeks and see...

      ryanbrew - 2012-03-22 15:24

      @ Raven My point is not Moot!! If you dont pay, just like with DSTV and TOPTV your decoder is digitally deactiviated from a central control point and you cannot receive the TV signal, thus you do not have access to the channels. In essence, if you pay your licence, your decoder is activated, if not, no TV!!

      Raven - 2012-03-22 15:45

      @ ryanbrew - as you stated the intent of going digital is to ensure payment. Granted. Mister Manyi on the other hand states "full subsidisation" i.e. unit cost, installation cost, subscription costs will be forked out by those already paying and those with a history of non-payment may continue in this manner, for they will get it for free.

      tilovonbrandis - 2012-03-22 15:52

      This is such good news, I can own a TV without having to pay SABC licencing fees. At the moment I have to buy a TV licence even though I never ever watch SABC, which I highly irritating and a waste of money.

      kobus.botes999 - 2012-03-22 22:40

      You can only switch a viewer selectively off when it is conditional access (like DSTV). In the case of Free to Air, it cannot be switched off if you do not pay your license. Conditional access is too expensive and the government will probably not go for it. Most of the terrestrial TV (DVBT)in the world is Free to Air.

  • vivienne.midlane - 2012-03-22 13:26

    Yeah, hungry people need tv's! W T F Give them education, not distraction!!

  • leoa.martins - 2012-03-22 13:27

    Unbelievable!!!....have you noticed how many of these tin shacks have Satellite dishes???? And luxury cars that park in front of these tin shacks???

  • Jennifer - 2012-03-22 13:35

    I've white, have a decent job, etc. I choose not to have a TV but if it was given to me for nothing, I'd be delighted.

  • Johnny - 2012-03-22 13:52

    Yep, this will secure few thousand ANC crosses for the next election. I guess they will start in DA valley first !!

  • eric.brits - 2012-03-22 13:57

    I read somewhere that TV could help to keep the population growth under control. Maybe that is the ANC's hidden agenda...

  • Sajid - 2012-03-22 13:59

    Does the boxes come with free electricity? I'm sure the poor needs access to that first.

      Johnny - 2012-03-22 14:06

      Good point !!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-22 14:39

    Can't wait for the set top boxes to come into effect, I don't watch TV and will be happy to give the TV license inspector the middle finger when he comes around. Oh the joys of owning a TV that cannot decode the SABC signal.

  • Neven.Subrayal - 2012-03-22 14:58

    Why is it that the poor get FREE electricity, FREE water, FREE housing, FREE set-top-boxes and the rest of us get e-tolled?

      Denny - 2012-03-22 15:05

      Because we are living in a socialist, nanny state Utopia ;)

  • barend.wasserman - 2012-03-22 17:02

    Yes. Just keep on giving to the poor. That's why they also keep on rioting! Give them eventually a country and then they will riot to have world.... F'sakes....

      barend.wasserman - 2012-03-22 17:05

      Oh and, government. Please give me a Bugatti Veyron. I'm way too poor to afford one.... Doh....

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