LUSAKA, Zambia & JOHANNESBURG, South Africa & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
The winners of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, the unique
pan-African competition that sparks interest in science and space
technology in young African students were announced tonight in Zambia.
The fourth edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, organised by
MultiChoice and Eutelsat, attracted over 1,000 entries from 14
countries. The winner in the essay category, Joseph Mahiya
(Zimbabwe), has won a trip to Paris and onwards to a launch site
to witness a rocket blast into space to place a satellite into orbit.
The runner up in the essay category was Jo�o Nuno Freire Melo
(Angola) who wins a trip for two to visit MultiChoice facilities
and the South African National Space Agency near Johannesburg. The theme
for the essay category was to imagine yourself as a satellite looking
down on earth and consider the key issues shaping Africa and how
satellites can help development.
In the poster category, first place went to Hannah Kasule (Uganda)
who will visit Eutelsat in Paris. Lesley Chakurira (Zimbabwe) was
the runner up in the same category. The four winning schools attended by
the overall award winners and runners-up were also rewarded with a DStv
installation, including dish, TV set, PVR decoder and free access to the
DStv Education Bouquet.
The international jury assessing this year's entries was chaired by
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli with Dr. Jacob O
Ashong, Director (also Higher Education Consultant) at the Ghana Science
Project and Planetarium; Christine Mugimba, Head of Spectrum Management
at the Uganda Communications Commission; Professor Steve Simukanga, Vice
Chancellor of the University of Zambia as well as a representative from
MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat.
Commenting on the entries, Paolo Nespoli said: "The jury was truly
impressed by the grasp of technology, the maturity of ideas, the quality
of compositions and the creativity of artwork in this year's entries.
The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards shines a spotlight on the potential of the
many inspired and motivated students in Africa who are passionate about
the development of their continent and the opportunities for progress.
It is an honour to assess their work."
The winners were announced in the presence of the Permanent Secretary of
the Zambian Ministry of Education, Chishimba Nkosha, who commented: "I
am sure I am speaking on behalf of everybody here when I say education
serves as the means to bring about the desired change in society, to
develop a generation of virtuous individuals and thus contribute to the
development of good human beings. I hope that MultiChoice Africa and
Eutelsat will continue to inspire not only young Zambians but the youth
all over the continent to take up careers in sciences so that Africa can
produce more engineers, astronauts, medical doctors and others in the
About Eutelsat Communications
Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN
code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced
operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on
34 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting
associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service
providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat's satellites
provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa,
Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and
government communications to be established irrespective of a user's
location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the
globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32
countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to
deliver the highest quality of service.
For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com
About MultiChoice Africa
MultiChoice Africa Limited ("MultiChoice Africa") is an African pioneer
of pay TV services in sub-Sahara Africa, having launched the first
digital satellite service in the 1980s. MultiChoice Africa provides
multi-channel multi-platform digital pay television services containing
channels from Africa, America, China, India, Asia and Europe. The
company has over twenty years' experience as a Pay TV operator in
Africa, offering cutting-edge digital technology and a selection of DStv
and GOtv bouquets containing premium television channels for subscribers
in 50 African countries and the adjacent Indian Ocean islands.
MultiChoice Africa provides its digital satellite television service -
DStv - to subscribers' homes from two different satellites, namely: the
Intelsat 20 ("IS 20") Ku BAND and Eutelsat 36B (used to be called W7) Ku
Band. The GOtv offering is on a DTT (DVB-T2) network which was
established in 2011 and currently covers eight countries. This low cost
mass market offering provides great family entertainment at a price
everyone can afford.
For more about MultiChoice Africa please visit www.dstv.com