Minister appoints Digital Migration Advisory Council


File: Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane


JOHANNESBURG. South Africa has a Broadcasting Digital Migration Advisory Council.

After repeated delays in implementing digital migration policy, Minister of Communications Nomvula Mokonyane announced on Tuersday that she had appointed a Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) Advisory Council.

The council will advise her on matters pertaining to digital terrestrial television (DTT), in accordance with the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy.

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Aldred Dreyer had earlier been appointed project director for the DTT Programme Management Office (PMO).

The council and the PMO will advise the  Minister on the analogue-switch-over Plan, set to kick off in December in the Free State.

The chairperson of the advisory council will be Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa from Icasa.

Other members of the advisory council are: 

Aldred Dreyer  (Head of PMO)

Norman Munzhelele (Executive of regulatory division – eMedia)

Nomsa Philiso (SABC)

Percy Mathabela  (DTI)

Linden Petzer (Chief Director for Radio and Satellite Applications - DTPS)

Themba Kinana (Executive  at Vodacom )

Moses  Mashisane ( Executive at MTN) 

Tebogo  Leshope (COO - SENTECH)

Thabo Makenete (Executive at Multichoice)

Michael Markovitz (SABC) Sipho Mngqibisa (USAASA)

The council will sit until the completion of South Africa&39;s analogue switch-over.

The minister announced that those not included in the council would be able to participate in working groups and workstreams in order to add value to the process.