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South Africa plans DTV subsidy

August 8, 2008

The South African government also confirmed that it would meet a November 2008 deadline for switching on digital broadcasting, well ahead of the football World Cup, which it is hosting in 2010. The analogue system will be switched off in November 2011.

The government revealed that it would pay about 70 per cent of the set-top box, which will be available in 2009. “It is estimated that this option will cost government about 2.45 billion rand,” a statement said.

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