Pretoria: South African audiences now have access to a channel which is dedicated to providing content on wellness and healthy lifestyles.

“The channel offers diverse, entertaining and original home grown content on nutrition, health and fitness, human rights, youth sexuality as well as HIV and TB,” Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe said.

He was speaking on Friday in Pretoria, during a post Cabinet media briefing.

Minister Radebe said the channel was launched by the Department of Health, in partnership with Soul City and Media.

South Africans can now watch the Good Life Network, which is on DStv channel 199.

Minister Radebe encouraged South Africans to practice safe sex as the country continues its fight against HIV and Aids.

“South Africans are still expected to practise safe sex and observe the ABC (Abstain, Be Faithful and Condomise) principles of preventing new infections,” he said.

Minister Radebe said Cabinet appreciated the progress that has been made by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in developing a bio-manufacturing process for HIV antibodies.

“This brings the health industry a step closer to an economically viable preventative treatment,” he said.

Digital migration

Meanwhile, Cabinet has approved the beginning of the dual-illumination period for the digital broadcasting signal in South Africa for next year February.

The dual-illumination period refers to an interim phase in which both analogue and digital terrestrial television signals are allowed to be transmitted before the analogue signal will be switched off.

“The migration from analogue to digital broadcasting services releases the much-needed radio frequency spectrum suitable for the provision of mobile broadband services.

“This will increase the competitiveness of the South African economy by revitalising the broadcasting industry, strengthening the electronics manufacturing industry, creating jobs and developing more local and diverse broadcast content,” Minister Radebe said.


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