Digital migration mess hits another snag

2013-10-27 10:48
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Johannesburg - South Africa’s long-awaited digital migration process has hit yet another obstacle after it emerged that the allocated budget of R2.4bn is not enough and more money is needed.

According to the Sunday Independent, it has emerged that the Department of Communications failed to take into consideration the costs of acquiring and installing antennas and boxes – expenses not included in the R2.4bn budget which will cover only the cost of five million set top boxes.

The department, which has failed to get this project off the ground since it was first approved in 2007, is also likely to request an extension on the deadline as chances are slim that it will meet the 2013/14 deadline.

Former communications minister Dina Pule is being blamed for the mess.  She also faces an ongoing probe by the public protector over the alleged disappearance of millions of rands from the R25m sponsorship of the 2012 ICT Indaba. Parliament’s joint ethics committee also recently found her guilty of having wilfully misled Parliament over her relationship with businessman Phosane Mngqibisa who was paid a staggering R6m at the time of the indaba in "management" fees.
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