MultiChoice Group Invests R4.5 Million In Community TV Stations

As part of MultiChoice Group’s (MCG) continued effort to support the local video entertainment industry, Africa’s most-loved storyteller will be supporting three of South Africa’s community TV stations with a total investment of R4.5 million. Each of the selected stations will use the R1.5 million funding for the creation of fresh, new content.

Towards the end of 2019, MCG called on community TV stations across the country to submit original content ideas for consideration. MCG received many exciting proposals, ranging from locally produced reality shows to docu-series, current affairs programmes and comedy sitcoms. Each submission was reviewed in terms of originality and audience appeal. The proposals from Bay TV, Soweto TV and Tshwane TV stood out and were selected for funding.

“Our relationship with MultiChoice has enabled Bay TV to be the conduit of an Eastern Cape story,” says Bay TV Chairman, Motse Mfuleni. “Without revealing too much, the current investment of R1.5 million will go towards the production of our new reality show entitled ‘Ekhondweni Lobudoda’. We are also confident that this investment will launch our prowess as a content generating channel.”

Chief Executive Officer of Soweto TV, Thabo Molefe, says the station is delighted to have been selected. “This investment will not only bring new content to the schedule, but it is also an investment in talent and empowers new storytellers.”

Tshwane TV’s Sales and Marketing Director, Collin McKenzie, emphasises that this investment will not only assist with content generation but will also contribute to the station’s sustainability and growth. “We thank MultiChoice and we promise to deliver good quality content.”

MCG has a long-standing history of supporting South African community channels, including Gau TV, 1KZN TV and Cape Town TV.he broadcaster recently provided equipment upgrades to the various stations, assisted with camera and production training and provided business training from Henley Business School for their management teams.

“Through our infrastructure, technology and empowerment initiatives, we empower an entertainment supply chain which, in turn, supports local business and communities touched by our business. For community TV stations, this means more local content which will generate economic opportunities for local communities,” explains Reggy Moalusi, MultiChoice South Africa’s Executive Head for Corporate Affairs.

MCG’s investment in community TV, and other grass-roots development measures, will go a long way to ensuring the sustainability of the industry and growing the local video entertainment business for those both in front of and behind the camera.

Moalusi continued to say: “We are a leading investor in local content production, and we are seeing day-by-day how our audiences are calling for more local content. For us, it’s about broadening access to African storytelling and creating platforms for local content creators to tell their stories.”

MCG further demonstrated its continued support for local entertainment industries when it announced the establishment of an R80 million fund that will pay full salaries of cast, crew and creatives for the months of March and April, during the challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mindset Network Launches New Primary School Pop Up Channel

The COVID-19 lockdown has been the uppermost thought in everyone’s mind, and MultiChoice together with the Mindset Network, launched by Nelson Mandela in 2003, launched a Mindset Pop a dedicated channel for Primary School learners on 1 April 2020.

Mindset Pop DStv channel 317, will feature educational programming covering the entire General Education and Training (GET) phase, including Early Childhood Development (ECD), as well as a key focus on the Grade 4 – 9 curriculum.

Although leaners are on holiday, the channel aims to be prepare them for when schools re-open. Mindset Pop will deliver live lessons daily with 6 fresh hours every day. Bringing Literacy, Numeracy as well as Maths, Natural Sciences, English, Life Orientation, Art and Physical Education activities. A website will be available for parents to download worksheets and information sheets to work through with our expert teachers. Lessons will come live from our studios where teachers will unpack the concepts leaners need to understand as well as point you to additional resources. The lessons are based on the South African Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) but are also aligned to the Cambridge curriculum.

Mindset’s CEO, Dylan Green said: “We are happy to be working with MultiChoice to spread academic excellence during the lockdown. Though we often focus on matriculants the key concepts are taught at foundation phase. We are looking forward to bringing a whole new and exciting world of learning to DStv subscribers everywhere.”

Mindset Pop will be available to all subscribers across the DStv packages in South Africa and Africa. Tune into DStv channel 317 and get ahead with this fantastic education channel!

“We are very proud, that through our partnership with Mindset, we have managed to bring the classroom into the homes of many DStv subscribers during the lockdown period”, said Aletta Alberts, Executive Head: Content Strategy at MultiChoice.

Film Television

MultiChoice Group Supports Local Entertainment Industry During Covid-19

Everyday various sectors across our continent are adjusting and finding ways to deal with challenges brought about by the current coronavirus pandemic. Given MultiChoice Group’s position in Africa’s video entertainment sector, the group is acutely aware of the challenges their partners in the industry are facing. At this time MultiChoice will be standing by them.

Across the continent business and industry is experiencing disruptions and delays. In South Africa, production has come to a complete halt as the industry adheres to the national lockdown. For many years MultiChoice has been a leader in the sector and are a leading investor in local content production. The group has deep rooted partnerships and long-standing commitments that have grown the industry for the benefit of many, both in front and behind the camera.

It is for this reason that MultiChoice has decided to implement several measures, aimed at safe guarding the incomes of cast, crew, and creatives as well as the sustainability of production houses. With these measures the group can hopefully steer the industry through this tumultuous time.

  • MultiChoice has set aside R80 million to ensure that current productions are able to pay full salaries of cast, crew, and creatives for the months of March and April, by when hopefully we will have the worst of the disruptions behind us. The need to secure salaries of our creatives goes a long way in creating income stability for them and their families. We believe this to be critical for the industry and in our view simply the right thing to do.
  • Through the MultiChoice Talent Factory we will be launching an online learning portal that will support over 40 000 members of the industry to gain access to courses and online master classes, so they can continue to hone their craft whilst adhering to the public health measures of social distancing and isolation.
  • Furthermore, we have committed to guarantee the incomes of freelancers in our SuperSport Productions, who are currently unable to work due to the suspension of sport and the national lockdown. This extends to guaranteeing the income of freelancers in our broadcast technology environment.

MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela: “Our main concern is to ensure as much as possible that we secure the incomes of creatives, cast and crew over this period. We want to ensure that they and their families are not negatively impacted as work has come to a standstill.”

As an industry made up of thousands of freelance actors, producers, directors and camera operators, Africa’s video entertainment industry is particularly vulnerable at this time. These people play a critical role in keeping viewers and communities informed, entertained and connected. All the whilst contributing significantly to the economy.


MultiChoice Group Is Launching A New Model Of DStv HD Decoder 6

It replaces the previous model HD Decoder 5 currently in stores and has the same features and functionality our customers are used to. The new model hit the markets on 2 May 2019, retailing at R399 as a standalone product, and R599 with installation.

The new model has the same user-friendly functionalities as the HD Decoder 5-series. While DStv’s new decoder retained most of the features of its predecessor, there are a few differences.

Importantly, the slimmer and more compact model is made up of recyclable components. MultiChoice considers recycling as a pinnacle part of their business operations, and are constantly looking at improving how they make their devices more environmentally friendly.

This decoder has a micro-sim and is also XtraView compatible with all DStv Explora models in the market.

Through understanding customer preferences and ongoing commitment to innovation and technology advancement, MultiChoice delivers unrivalled access to content across multiple platforms and aims to continuously update its current technology.

All MultiChoice decoders are manufactured locally and through high-level manufacturing and assembly chains, we’ve stimulated the decoder manufacturing industry. This also benefits related businesses such as part suppliers, carton printers, distribution and logistics providers.

Customers who have an HD Decoder 4 or 5 will not need to replace or upgrade their existing decoder. The DStv HD Decoder 6-series will be available from various retailers, DStv Service Centres and agencies from 2 May 2019.


MultiChoice Group Boasts Record Number Of SAFTA Nominations

MultiChoice Group, the largest investor in television and film production on the continent, has received a record number of nominations for the South African Film and Television Awards, outperforming all other content platforms in South Africa for the second year in a row.

The 13th annual SAFTA nominations were announced on February 8 in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The awards ceremony is set to take place on March 2 at Sun City.

Nomination highlights include 1Magic’s new highly popular telenovela The River with 17 nominations and Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya with nine, while Afrikaans channel kykNET’s programmes collectively received no fewer than 60 nominations. M-Net’s local reality shows Survivor SA, My Kitchen Rules SA and Dancing with the Stars also outperforms in the reality categories and MultiChoice Group’s Video on Demand service, Showmax, can be proud of its 7 nominations for Thali’s Wedding Diary (see full list of nominees attached). All these productions can be enjoyed on the DStv platforms.

Mzansi Magic and 1Magic dominate every category

In the telenovela category Mzansi and 1Magic shows dominate every category in particular The River, an extraordinary feat for a production in its first year. “Congratulations to all our producers and the talent that received nominations for this year’s awards,” said Yolisa Phahle, CEO General Entertainment for MultiChoice Group. “MultiChoice plays an important role in the African film and television production industry by investing heavily in local talent and production development. It is paying off. We are changing the dynamic from international content consumption to consistently bringing our audiences the best stories on all the DStv platforms.” said Phahle.

“We are also happy to see our people being recognised for their behind-the-scenes work in the technical categories, as well as in every single genre from reality, variety and drama to speciality shows and current affairs. “Not to mention the sought-after best actor and actress categories in the different genres in which our shows will also compete,” she continued.

MultiChoice Group is the leading producer of content in South Africa and Africa. The group is poised to become a significant competitor on the global stage with its content creation strategy aimed at adding value to Africa’s growing GDP and jobs environment. MultiChoice Group is also the single biggest supporter of media entrepreneurs through the awarding of production contracts to small and medium production companies and freelancers. It indirectly supports many industry jobs (in line with President Ramaphosa 5 critical points at SONA).

MultiChoice Group is a newly formed company due to list on the JSE this month and includes MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa, Showmax Africa and Irdeto.

The South African Television and Film Awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Sun City Superbowl at 19:00 on March 2.