Zimbabwean government releases another USD 6 mln for TV digitisation
3 May 2018
The Zimbabwean government has released USD 6 million to the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to complete digitisation amid reports that most transmission sites countrywide are ready for migration from analogue to digital, The Herald reported. This follows the disbursement of another USD 6 million at the beginning of this year as part of the USD 22 million allocated to the project in the 2018 National Budget.
Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services George Charamba, who toured Chibondo transmission site outside Hwange, said only local engineers will be contracted to finish outstanding work, after a successful skills transfer through the Huawei contract. The Chinese contractor will now be limited to providing equipment while local engineers will do footing and installations at base stations, Charamba said. He said fewer than 30 local engineers were now engaged in the project out of the initial 32.
The permanent secretary said the development has cost cutting benefits and also reduces pressure to look for foreign currency to pay the contractor. He said the government aims to build 48 transmitters, 24 new ones and an equal number being upgrades of existing infrastructure. Among those that are ready are Kamativi, whose installation is almost complete, Manjolo in Binga, Kenmaur in Lupane and Chibondo in Hwange, where radio signals have been activated.