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Why ambitious plan to deliver HD TVs to needy matric pupils was stalled

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Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
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Blurred tender requirements around localisation saw a government technology agency go back to the drawing board to review the procurement of HD TVs for poor Grade 12 pupils with no access to television educational content. 

As part of a Covid-19 relief initiative, the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa) in June set out to procure 32-inch HD LED TVs for indigent Grade 12 pupils to view educational content on SABC channels. 

The matric class of 2020 will sit for its final exam from 5 November until 15 December, and the TVs were meant for students who were disadvantaged because of school closures. 

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