Faizel Patel - 12-02-2020
Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni Abrahams says President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to inform the nation about the commitments he made during last year’s state of the nation address about data prices, digital migration and bandwidth to mobile service operators.
Minister Abrahams was speaking to Radio Islam at the precincts of Parliament ahead of the state of nation address on Thursday.
Last year Ramaphosa promised to reduce the high price of mobile data including expanding South Africa’s high-tech industry by ensuring that the legal and regulatory framework promotes innovation.
While some of these commitments have not been actioned, Minister Abrahams says Ramaphosa will address the needs of the 4th Industrial revolution.
“We have not managed to deliver all them, but we have tried to deliver we can. The president will be telling you what’s going to happen with data costs, what going to happen with the access to spectrum and of course digital migration.”
At the same time, as the world acknowledges World Radio Day, Ndabeni Abrahams also touched on the importance of community radio stations like Radio Islam’s reach communities across South Africa.
“They are closest to the communities and therefore they’re able to be the foot soldiers bridging the gap between government and the society, taking the messages and the concerns of the communities forward to government.”
Ndabeni says community radio stations in the country showcases the diversity of South Africa.
Listen to the interview with Stella Ndabeni Abrahams