Lesotho impressed by SA’s DTT progress

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pretoria-A Lesotho delegation to South Africa was impressed with the country’s substantial progress in the progress in the implementation of the digital migration project.

Wrapping-up the five-day visit, Lesotho’s Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, Deputy Principal Secretary, Thabang Lekhela said there are a lot of things that they have learnt from the visit.

“We had a very successful….fruitful discussions, it was a well organised visit, where we also visited entities under the Ministry of Communications such as the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the Independent Communication of South Africa (ICASA), MDDA and the Film and Publication Board (FPB) and we’ve identified areas of cooperation with those entities,” Lekhela said.

He said the team was particularly impressed with the work that is being done for the digital migration project.

Statement of cooperation

Earlier this year, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi visited Lesotho where she signed an agreement of cooperation regarding cross-border frequency interference for DTT services with her Lesotho counterpart, Communications, Science and Technology Minister Khotso Letsatsi.

The two Ministers agreed to cooperate in mitigating cross-border frequency interference that may occur as a result of international protection of analogue frequencies coming to an end.

Lekhela said the two countries will very soon sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) since they are about to finalise collaboration and cooperation of the regulators in addressing matters of mutual interest on cross border frequency interference on terrestrial services; and sharing of plans with regard to the roadmap for the release and use of digital dividend for other services.

Communications Ministry Acting Director-General Ndivhuho Munzhelele said while he was also ‘extremely satisfied’ with the deliberations with the Basotho delegation, South Africa took a decision a decision to ensure that DTT must not become another technology adoption programme.

“As a country, we took a decision to ensure that DTT must not be another technology adoption programme, but it must a programme that assist us to deal with the challenges that we face in the country…I’m talking about challenges of participation by the black majority in the electronic manufacturing space, because we want to diversify the electronic manufacturing industry, that’s why we took the decision to source STBs from local manufactures,” he said.

Munzhelele described the Basotho visit as a very important visit, which will go a long way in defining the relationship between the Kingdom of Lesotho and the South African government regarding areas of communication and information dissemination.-SAnews.gov.za

 

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