A process called “digital restacking” could take up to two years to complete, delaying the allocation of prime radio frequency spectrum to telecommunications operators to 2022.
Communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane said government has set July 2020 as the firm and final deadline by which time analogue terrestrial television broadcasts must be switched off.
Government will give vouchers to indigent households to buy set-top boxes from commercial providers rather than continuing with a plan to run the project itself.
Communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane has welcomed the decision by the constitutional court, which grants the Competition Commission jurisdiction to investigate the deal signed between the SABC and MultiChoice.
The SABC’s plan to cut costs, including going through a possible retrenchments programme, has hit a political brick wall.