Premier at the switch of the Low Power Transmitter

Today marks a historic milestone not only for the community of Vanzylsrus but for the Northern Cape Province as a whole. I think that many of us present here today had given up on this dream of one day being connected to radio and television. It seems a bit impossible to believe that in this day and age where it seems that technology has grown to such an extent that it is often difficult to keep up with it that we still have communities that do not have information available at the click of a button.

In today’s world news travels fast as a result of radio and television and other mediums such as social networks. It would therefore be a social indictment for us not to take our rural communities on board and make these services available to them. As Government and our stakeholders, we have jointly committed ourselves to make sure that every South African has access to information via television and radio services. Through this initiative we are also ensuring that people, such as yourselves, who live in rural areas, have access to the same services such as those living in urban areas.

Sonder radio en televisie dienste is dit onmoontlik om bewus te wees van die wêreld rondom ons. Radio en televisie maak dit moontlik vir ons om nuus van ons land en regoor die wêreld te kan sien. Dit maak inligting en selfs vermaak beskikbaar, maar meer belangrik is dat dit aan ons noodsaklike opvoedkundige inligting soos onderwys, gesondheid en sosiale aangeleethede verskaf en ons help om besluite te neem wat ons lewens positief kan verander.

Dit maak ons as regering dus baie gelukkig dat die SABC en ander rolspelers saam met ons die visie deel om hierdie dienste daar te stel vir gemeenskappe. In samewerking met die SABC, Sentech, ICASA en die Nasionale Departement van Kommunikasie het ons sowat drie jaar gelede ook ‘n soortgelyke uitsender aangeskakel vir die gemeenskap van Heuningvlei hier in die John Taolo Gaetsewe streek. Ons is dus dankbaar dat ons vandag hier in Vanzylsrus is om saam met ons vennote inligting vir ons gemeenskappe toeganklik te maak.

This project forms part of one of the priorities of this Government, which is Rural development. By switching on this low power transmitter today, we are improving the lives of our people for the better. This community will now have access to SABC 1, SABC 2, SABC 3 and the radio station RSG. This will therefore allow you to access information in the language of your choice which complements our vision as Government to build a society that respects the diversity of its citizens.

The importance of having access to information can never be underestimated. Radio and television have a crucial role to play in disseminating valuable information on government programmes and policies and assists us in educating our masses on issues that lie close to their hearts.>

Allow me to thank the Department of Communications, the SABC, Sentech and ICASA for your committment and for working tirelessly in ensuring that our communities can have access to radio and television broadcasts. The impact you have made on the lives of this community will stay with them forever. We thank you for projects such as these and look forward to future partnerships that will assist us as Government in ensuring that our people are empowered with knowledge and information.

Aan die gemeenskap van Vanzylsrus wil ek sê dat dit is inderdaad vir my ‘n groot plesier om in hierdie historiese oomblik van julle te deel en om amptelik hierdie uitsender aan te skakel. Ek wil die hoop uitspreek dat julle met ure van kykgenot gaan verskaf word, van sport, tot sepies, tot opvoendige programme vir die kinders, maar bo alles dat julle groot baat sal vind deur hierdie aanskakeling en dat julle lewens op ‘n positiewe manier verryk sal word.

Ek dank u.

I thank you.

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