Students from Zimbabwe and Uganda Shine in pan-African Competition Organised by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat

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

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