Minister warns manufacturers against dumping unwanted analog TVs in South Africa


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Communications Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni provided an update on Wednesday, saying South Africa was making good progress in completing digital migration.

FILE: Photo: Minister of Communications Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. Twitter / @ GovernmentZA

CAPE TOWN – Communications Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has warned of dumping analog TVs as South Africa migrates to digital broadcasting.

Ntshavheni took stock on Wednesday, saying South Africa is making good progress in completing digital migration.

The minister said the last analog SABC site would be shut down in Upington, Northern Cape on Friday.

Minister Ntshavheni said more than half a million needy households had already migrated to digital and more were registered to receive digital set-top boxes.

But she cautioned against manufacturers throwing away their unwanted analog TVs

“As South Africa goes digital, we want to make sure that we avoid dumping analogue TVs in South Africa. I am therefore in consultation with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Competition, the Ministry of International Relations and the Commission for the Administration of International Trade. We coordinate the government’s approach to the non-proliferation of analog TVs in the South African market.

South Africa hopes to migrate fully by March of next year.

It is the last African country to still use analog.

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