Set-top boxes decode digital signals for analogue television sets and the government plans to distribute these devices to about 5-million poor households. Mokonyane said the majority of poor households should not be limited to viewing television channels because of their financial situation.
"Quality does not depend on your income, quality must be for everybody and anybody in South Africa because the country belongs to all those who live in it."
The SABC's initial digital terrestrial television offering will now consist of 18 channels including SABC1, SABC2, SABC3 as well as the SABC News (DStv channel 404). South African households who earn less than R3200 a month qualify to get a free, government-subsidised set-top box, but other people outside this category will need to register and apply for these set-top boxes at the post office.
Applicants will need an ID, proof of residence and proof of income to apply.