Daily Archives: December 28, 2016

DTT hits Rapotokwane village

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says government has ensured that residents of Rapotokwane in Bela-Bela, Limpopo, will be migrated from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

We are here to deliver to the people of Rapotokwane, with the full backing of the President, the message that you the people need improved broadcasting facilities so that you have access to quality information in the country.

The Minister said the residents were entitled to benefits from every technological development so that they can determine their own destiny.

I feel honoured to announce that government is targeting five million indigent citizens throughout South Africa to be beneficiaries of the government subsidised Set Top Boxes (STB). That is why we are here because we do not want Rapotokwane to be left out in these benefits from a caring government, she said.

Minister Muthambi was speaking to residents of Rapotokwane, a Limpopo rural village, bordering Mpumalanga, during her nation-wide digital migration campaign on Tuesday.

South Africa is changing the way it transmits terrestrial television � by moving from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT).This process is known as digital migration.

The Minister said offering citizens’ access to state-held information is “one of the most effective ways of upholding the constitutional values of transparency, openness, participation and accountability.

Government should not have a monopoly of the dissemination of information. Access to information is not only fundamental to a properly-functioning participatory democracy, but a Constitutional right, she said.

Some of the benefits accompanying the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting are:

free access to more channels � with SABC now having up to 18 channels;

new free-to-air broadcasters will be licensed;

abundant choices and diversity of what to watch;

better picture and sound quality;

electronic TV guide that enables you to plan what to watch at a touch of a button;

multi-lingual tracks;

descriptive video for the visually impaired people;

closed captioning facilities for hearing impaired; and

you can listen to radio via your television set.

Minister Muthambi also appealed to the community of Rapotokwane to go out and register for free STBs.

Poor households are urged to visit their nearest Post Office with the following documents:

South African Identity Document

Proof of Residence

Proof of possessing a TV set.

Proof of household income below R3 200 per month.

Representing the Mahlangu Royal house, Prince Barney Mahlangu said: We heard about digital migration for the first time when the Minister visited our area earlier this year. As traditional leaders, we like working with leaders like Minister Muthambi who go around promising something which they will deliver. We are so excited that what the Minister promised us in August is now a reality.it is indeed refreshing that in our village, we have poor people who are already enjoying the benefits of digital migration. With this digital migration programme, the village of Rapotokwane will never be the same again.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Three inmates die in St Albans

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has confirmed the death of three inmates on Monday at St. Albans Correctional Centre near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.

According to DCS Eastern Cape, it is alleged that at approximately 09h00, inmates at St. Albans Maximum Correctional Centre attacked officials with sharp objects.

The department on Tuesday said the incident resulted in the unfortunate death of at least three inmates.

A total of 25 offenders and five officials sustained injuries. Correctional Services, emergency services and other law enforcement agencies responded to the incident and managed to restore order. Investigations are continuing, and further updates will be provided.

Members of the public are advised that visits to St. Albans Correctional Centre have been suspended with immediate effect until further notice.

The Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla and DCS National Commissioner Zach Modise visited St. Albans yesterday. The correctional facility houses approximate 5 000 inmates.

St. Albans falls within the category of the “Big Five” of South Africa’s Correctional Centres. These include Pollsmoor, Kgosi Mampuru II, Durban-Westville and Johannesburg Correctional Centre otherwise known as Sun City.

The Deputy Minister said the St. Albans incident was tragic and unfortunate.

This incident is a sharp reminder of the many life threatening conditions under which no less than 38 000 Correctional Officials perform their daily duties in all our 243 Correctional Centres.

According to the preliminary report received by the Deputy Minister, a total of 33 inmates started attacking officials who were on duty.

He said the offenders who were carrying sharp objects and self-made knives violently attacked officials, which led to an unfortunate standoff until reinforcement were called in.

In the ensuing attack, a total of 13 officials were injured with six of them critically injured and admitted in hospital.

The report said three inmates lost their lives — one in local prison clinic and the other two at the nearby hospital.

In order to strengthen our enforcement capabilities, we have decided to place St Albans on a lockdown and suspend all family visits to the centre. This is a necessary precautionary step in order to bring back normalcy to the centre, he said.

The Minister has extended condolences and sympathy to the families and relatives of the deceased inmates.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Party political squabbles not for religious leaders

President Jacob Zuma has reiterated that religious leaders should avoid becoming embroiled in divisive party political squabbles.

The Presidency on Tuesday said President Zuma has noted the ongoing commentary on statements he made during the annual Twelve Apostles’ Church in Christ (TACC) International Thanksgiving Day celebrations held in Durban, on 4 December, where he cautioned religious leaders to avoid being drawn into divisive party political squabbles.

He said religious leaders should ideally strive to be above such and unite all the people in the pursuit of justice, righteousness and the common good.

It is the President’s view that it would be helpful if religious leaders rose above the mudslinging so that they could be able to mediate and bring about peace where the need arises.

President Zuma understands, appreciates and commends the role that the faith-based community played in the struggle for liberation which led to the dawn of freedom and democracy in our country, said the Presidency.

It said government also values the role that that the faith-based sector continues to play in the reconstruction and development of South Africa and in promoting national unity.

Source: South African Government News Agency