Installation of government television decoders begins in FS


The Broadcasting Digital Migration project gets into full swing in the Free State Province today with the installation of government-subsidised set-top-boxes in several towns.

This comes after a record number of registrations by qualifying TV viewing and indigent households in the province.

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As of 1 December 2016, the decoders will be installed in the following towns:

  • Mokodumela
  • Ladybrand
  • Thaba Nchu
  • Bethlehem

In the Free State, an estimated 355 000 television viewing households qualify for the government subsidised decoders.

Households who already had these decoders installed, now enjoy better quality pictures, sound and reliability of television signal reception.

The Department of Communications is working together with the South African Post Office to reach communities and to distribute the subsidised television decoders.

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As part of its public awareness campaigns, the Department has embarked on door to door visits, whilst also enlisting the support of traditional councils to encourage qualifying residents to register.

To qualify for these government subsidised decoders, television viewing households must be earning less than R3200 per month.

Additional information is available at all post office centres nationwide.

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