The dual illumination period for the digital broadcasting signal in South Africa will commence on 1 February 2016. The end of the period is yet to be determined.
I, Azwihangwisi Faith Muthambi, Minister of Communications, MP, hereby declare the commencement of the dual illumination period in terms of regulation 3(1) of the Digital Migration Regulations, 2012 published by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) under GN 1070 in Government Gazette 36000 of 14 December 2012.
KINDLY TAKE NOTICE THAT the commencement of the dual illumination period for the digital broadcasting signal in South Africa starts on 1 February 2016. However, the analogue switch-off date will be announced after consultation with Cabinet.
TAKE NOTICE FURTHER THAT 84% of the South African population is covered satisfactorily by the digital terrestrial signal and the remaining 16% is serviced via the digital satellite signal.
AND ALSO NOTE THAT the national rollout of government subsidised Set Top Boxes (STBs) has commenced and the digital broadcast channels have been made available by the broadcasters.
____[29 March 2015] The Minister of Communications has published final amendments to the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy.___
____[20 February 2014] The Department of Communications delivered an informative presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communications on 18 February 2014, setting out both its policy and the rationale behind the decisions made. There is a sense of urgency with the Department recognising that the process is some 51/2 years behind and that the ITU 17 June 2015 deadline for completion is just over a year away.
Comments were due by 6 January 2014.
Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy 2008 (8 September 2008)
Amendment of Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy (7 February 2012)
Amendment of Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy (17 February 2012)