The Department of Communication (DOC) has been mulling as round the imminently approaching deadline for the Switch over to Digital transmission for far too long.
Finally we hear that there is some movement on the ground. Yesterday, Dina Pula announced on an educational roadshow in Northern Cape that the department is targeting the end of December 2013 for “Completion” of the roll out.
The Digital Migration is a complicated process no doubt, but the manner in which it has been handled by those trusted with its deployment is laughable. As Craig Wilson of Techcentral so eloquently put it “Communications minister Dina Pule has promised that digital terrestrial television will commence in SA in December and wants the migration process to completed in just 12 months. Will this be the latest in a long list of missed deadlines?”
Great consideration always has to be taken by the State to ensure that the ‘poor’ are looked after and government will subsidize 70% of the cost of the SetBox Top required to receive the signal. For the rest an estimated cost of R700.
I would say we are dreaming of a December 2012 roll out as planned, government dodgy procurement practices has come to light and it faces a day in court with ETV before any progress will take place. Even then a complete roll out in 12 months is damn near impossible.
Government is using this opportunity to grow skills and jobs in the manufacturing and technical arena. It envisions thousands of jobs to be created, which was primarily the reason for the delay. Did I mention the Post Office has been identified as the primary distributor at present?
United travel to Transylvania, the supposedly vampire-filled setting of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, for their second Group H fixture on the back of a disappointing 3-2 home defeat against Tottenham on Saturday that left them four points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
It was United’s first loss to Spurs at Old Trafford for 23 years and their first Premier League defeat against the north London club in 23 meetings, but far more concerning was the sloppy manner of the defending by Alex Ferguson’s side.
Of their six matches so far, United have been behind in five, while they have kept just one clean sheet and conceded nine goals, leading French left-back Evra to fear his team could suffer even greater embarrassment against Cluj unless they show more mental strength.
“The game is 90 minutes long and we deserved to lose because we only played for 45. To concede three goals at Old Trafford is not good enough,” Evra said.
“The problem is in our heads. It looked like we stayed in the hotel. The first 45 minutes had no speed, no focus, we didn’t win a lot of challenges and we conceded some silly goals.
“Maybe I am hard with myself and the team but we only showed the United face in the second half.
“We still have a lot to do, but we have to forget that first half against Spurs.
“I hope it was just an accident and we can get back the winning mentality that we showed in the second half in our first Champions League game against Galatasaray.”
On paper United’s encounter with the Romanian champions looks exactly the kind of undemanding fixture that should allow Ferguson’s side to restore their equilibrium with a morale-boosting win.
- Evra: We deserved to lose (standard.co.uk)
- National Sport: Evra: We deserved to lose (coventrytelegraph.net)
- Manchester United vs. Tottenham: 6 Things We Learned (bleacherreport.com)