The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) and the national Department of Communications and Digital Technologies is currently in the process of preparing the country for Broadcasting Digital Migration, switching television signal from analogue to digital, for which all viewers will need a satellite dish and decoder.
Go Digital South Africa is a process of taking South Africans to an era of Digital Television that also brings more choice of television channels to ordinary people who view free-to-air television as provided by SABC, e-tv and M-Net. Currently, these services are broadcast in an analogue format.
Households earning less than R3 500 per month, can apply for a free satellite and decoder. Follow these steps:
1. Go to the Post Office, take your ID along and register.
2. Wait for the sub-contracted installations company to contact you with a date and time for installation.
3. Only sign the receipt when the installation has been completed and the supplier has shown you how the remote and your TV work, and make sure everything is functioning well.
4. You don't have to have a TV License to qualify, although you are encouraged to get one as soon as you can.
The anticipated switch-off of the analogue signal is set for 31 March 2022.Last published 17 February 2022