DoC to set up new digital migration office

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TechCentral reports that South Africa’s Department of Communications (DoC) is creating a new version of the Digital Dzonga, the digital migration office that was set up in 2009 as an advisory body to oversee the implementation of the country’s migration from analogue broadcasting to digital television.

Screen Africa readers will recall that former Minister of Communications Siphiwe Nyanda dissolved the Digital Dzonga advisory council (made up of representatives from the industry, ICASA and the DoC) last year because of perceived “conflicts of interests’. Although Nyanda subsequently appointed a new council the Digital Dzonga has been in limbo ever since.

According to DoC spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso, government is assessing how the Dzonga will be structured, with a particular focus on working groups, to ensure that South Africa’s digital migration, which is yet to be commercially launched, will be complete by December 2013.

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