The South African Government has called for greater sign up for subsidised digital TV set-top boxes (STBs) after it revealed just 1,000 low income households had come forward so far.
The Square Kilometre Array area is set to become the first area of South Africa to receive STBs as the country prepares to migrate from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT).
A campaign to raise awareness of DTT migration will be held on 30 October in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, by the Department of Communications (DOC).
The department says 192 applications from qualifying TV-owning households were processed with the first five days following launch of the project in Kai Garib municipality in Northern Cape earlier this month.
The government has committed to subsidise five million low-income families with free STBs, with 16,000 free STBs being distributed to the Northern Cape community through the South African Post Office.
The analogue signal switch-off in the area is targeted for 1 January 2016.