World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Launch for Third Edition of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for African Students.

JOHANNESBURG and PARIS, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

As part of their commemoration of World Telecommunication and

Information Society Day (WTISD), Eutelsat Communications and MultiChoice

Africa announce the return of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for 2013.

The awards inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school

students in Africa, to create awareness on how science and technology

can be applied to everyday life and showcase the many ways that

satellites already impact on the development of the African


According to Nico Meyer, Chief Executive of MultiChoice Africa, the

2013 awards are perfectly aligned with the objective of WTISD, namely to

raise awareness of the impact of information and communication

technologies (ICTs), and in particular satellites, on society. "The

new edition of our Awards challenges high-school students from over 42

African countries to propose how they would use satellites in space for

Africa, their country or their community," he added.

The annual awards, which grew from 800 entries in 2011 to over 1,000

last year, take the form of a competition open to 14-19 year-old

students to write an essay or design a poster on a specified topic.

Country winners, besides winning country prizes, will go on to compete

for the overall continental awards. Like their 2011 and 2012

counterparts, this year's overall essay and poster winners will win

a once in a lifetime trip for two to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris,

with the essay winner travelling onwards to witness a live rocket

launch. Runners-up will win a trip to South Africa as guests of

MultiChoice Africa. Schools attended by the overall winners will also

receive a DStv installation, including dish, television,

state-of-the-art PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education


For Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer, Michel de Rosen, the ability

of the competition to stimulate thinking among young Africans on how

satellite technology can shape society and economies, and the first-hand

exposure of winners to the space business, is unique. "The awards

present an opportunity to actively stimulate and showcase emerging

science and technology talent on the African continent.They are the only

competition aimed at promoting knowledge and understanding of satellite

technology among African youth and kindling their interest in exploring

the career paths and opportunities that the world of satellites offer.

We are delighted, as a leading satellite operator engaged in developing

communications in Africa, to celebrate the 2013 World Telecommunication

and Information Society Day in such a fitting way."

The power of the awards to enrich lives is attested by the 2012 best

essay winner, Anthony Oyom from Uganda, whose recent trip to Paris and

French Guiana was an exhilarating experience. Says Anthony: "The

visit to the Guiana Space Centre was breathtaking and the tour of

Parissimply amazing. Meeting and interacting with the various

stakeholders in the launch programmes in Kourou was a once in a lifetime

opportunity, and as I flew back to Uganda, I reflected on the

achievements of these amazing people and the lessons we can learn from


Students can enter the awards by collecting an entry form and other

resources from their nearest MultiChoice office or download a copy at

Entries for the awards close on 19 September 2013.

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With

capacity commercialised on 31 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the

Middle East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the

Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code:

FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading satellite operators. As

of 31 March 2013, Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more than

4,600 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes

in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's satellites also

provide a wide range of services for TV contribution, corporate networks

and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat

and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and

operational professionals from 30 countries.

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. The company is

registered in Mauritius, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Naspers

Group. MultiChoice Africa provides multi-channel 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 bouquets containing premium television channels for

subscribers in 47 African countries and the adjacent Indian Ocean


SOURCE MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat Communications