In 2007 the South African government announced its commitment to a digital broadcasting platform in South Africa by 2011. Not only will this place the country at the forefront of digital broadcasting worldwide, it will have the power to transform and uplift the everyday lives of all South Africans. To manage the smooth migration from an analogue broadcasting platform to a digital one, the Digital Dzonga Advisory Council, South Africa’s Digital Migration Office, was appointed by the Department of Communications in 2008.

I am confident that the Advisory Council’s combination of specialist skills, experience and enthusiasm will be effective in garnering support for the Digital Migration Programme at every level in our society. It is our goal to use broadcasting to accelerate economic development and contribute to social cohesion. Thus, on behalf of Government, the Department of Communication wishes the Digital Dzonga every success and pledges our full support to the programme.