Analogue switch-off looming

Statistics show that the Eastern Cape has applied for the most government-subsidised television decoders, with 10,261 houses registering.

DIGITAL ERA: Households with a combined income of less than R3,500 a month will qualify for a fully subsidised set-top box
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Post Office spokesperson Johan Kruger said households that applied should receive their decoder before March 31, when the analogue television transmission will be switched off in all provinces.

All television transmissions will be digital and television sets will need a decoder to work.

In total, more than 60,000 households had applied up to October.

In Northwest 8,452 households registered, KwaZulu-Natal saw 7,783, the Western Cape 7,561, Gauteng 6,994, Limpopo 6,867 and Mpumalanga 6,375.

The switch to digital television transmissions is almost complete in the Free State, where 3,309 households registered, and in the Northern Cape, where the conversion is practically complete, 1,300 households registered.

“Qualifying households are able to apply at a nearby post office.

“You will need your identity document, proof of address and evidence that you earn R3,500 per month or less,” said Kruger.

For more information call 0860-735-832.

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