South Africa Choose Aldred Dreyer To Lead In DTT Project

The Minster of Communications South Africa, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced the appointment of media and communication expert, Aldred Dreyer to manage, execute and complete the delayed Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) project. 

The new appointee who is also an executive with the signal distributor for the South African broadcasting sector, Sentech, will perform this function outside the structure of the department of the ministry of communication.

According to Mokonyane: “Mr Dreyer’s ability to handle the project is unrivalled because not too long ago, he executed a similar project in Namibia with success. 

"With immense support from the ministry of communication's department, he would have the chance to gather his choice team. I am hopeful that the industry will give the Dreyer led DTT project team all the support they deserve because at the end it is for the benefit of all South Africans, both government, corporations and individuals. I am also sure that with this change the DTT project which has suffered setbacks and delays will be completed within the stipulated time frame."

Also, the department of communications will shortly announce a revised Advisory Council that will handle the responsibility of  supporting the new project office and give advise to the minister on various issues concerning the DTT execution, from analogue switch-off plan to strategies that should be implemented to increase the digital terrestrial television adoption by households in the country.

The Minister is confident that this project will be accomplished despite any challenges that might develop. He concluded by saying that "the completion of the DTT project will be in our record as a milestone because it would help make lives easy for our people as it would make available high demand spectrum for mobile broadband services."

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