(Caption: Multichoice Namibia Corporate Affair Manager, Lizette Foot, Winner, Pineas Mpadhi, Runner Up Dieunovic Kanyinda, Third Place Winner, Columbustine Mandizvidza and MultiChoice Namibia GM, Roger Gertze)
MultiChoice Namibia ended
‘Back to School’ month on a high note with the announcement of the DStv
Eutelsat Star Awards 2016 in-country winners at their headquarters in Windhoek
on 30 January 2017.
Entries for DStv
Eutelsat Star Awards 2016 closed on 7 November 2016, with the first round of
adjudications taking place at country level.Learners between the ages of 14 – 19 were challenged to take themselves
into the future as scientists, tasked with designing a new-age satellite that
will help improve the lives of Africans.Entrants also had to describe what they would call the satellite, and
what functions and roles it would play in the future.
(18) who matriculated from Oshigambo High School last year, is Namibia’s in-country
winner for 2016.His “Rainfall
Satellite” focused on a solution for the current water crisis in Namibia.
awarded a Hisense 40" LED TV as a prize.In addition, his essay was submitted in the overall DStv Eutelsat Star
Awards pool of entries, which was entered by students from secondary (high) or
combined schools across the Continent.
Namibian runner-up is Dieunovic Kanyinda (18) from Kosmos High School in
Khomasdal who demonstrated how criminal activities could be reduced and
improved adhereance to the Road Code in cities and towns in Namibia could be
facilitated through his satellite, “Nathlite BS”.
The third place (among Namibian entries) went to Columbustine
Mandizvidza (17) from Döbra St Joseph's High School for his “AFRISTAT” satellite,
aimed to link the future advancement of ICT to economic transformation
programmes that will benefit the African youth.
General Manager of MultiChoice Namibia commented: “In line with our purpose of
enriching lives, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards shows sustained interest from
Namibian learners, adding fresh impetus to the mission shared by MultiChoice
and Eutelsat to encourage young minds to positively change their world via
innovative thinking in science and technology. The quality of entries for the 2016 edition
was at a very high level, showing that Namibian learners have what it takes
when it comes science and technology!”
Winners of the
overall competition will be revealed at a ceremony to be held in Lagos,
Nigeria, on 7 February 2017. A former
astronaut and French Minister, now special advisor to European Space Agency’s
(ESA) Director General, Claudie Haigneré will chair the prestigious Jury of the
DStv Eutelsat Star Awards. The overall essay and poster winners are eligible
for a once in a lifetime trip for two to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris, with
the essay winner traveling onwards to witness a live rocket launch.
information, see www.dstvstarawards.com.
About Eutelsat Communications
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
For more about
Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com
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 49
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
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