Treasury has availed $6 million towards the digitalisation project to be channelled towards the construction of six of new transmitter sites across the country amid satisfaction from government that the skills transfer arrangement under the project is beginning to yield desired results as local engineers are now in a position to carry out the bulk of remaining work.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has disbursed $6 million towards the digitalisation project bringing to $12 million funds released since the beginning of the year.
The funds will be channelled towards the completion of work at six sites namely Gutu, Murewa, Maphisa, Nembudziya, Buhera and Chikombezi.
Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Mr George Charamba commended Treasury for the disbursement and highlighted that the skills transfer arrangement under the project has paid off as local engineers will carry out the bulk of the remaining work.
Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) chief executive officer Mr Obert Muganyura said the released funds will result in the acceleration of work under the national project adding that a total of 18 transmitter sites should be fully digitalised by year end.
BAZ technical director Matthias Chakanyuka said construction of the Hwange transmitter tower has been completed adding that most areas in Matabeleland North Province will now be accessing six radio stations services including Sfm, Radio Zimbabwe and National fm.
Apart from ensuring that the country migrates to digital broadcasting, the digitalisation project is envisaged to create a multi-million content generation industry for the more television stations.