- Your Excellency Dr. Geingob, President of the Republic
Monica Geingos, The First Lady of the Republic of Namibia Honourable
from our partners Kalahari Holdings
of the Media
in the MultiChoice family
It is my great privilege to
congratulate MultiChoice Namibia on their 25th
Your excellency, it is an honour
to have you here tonight, and we are most grateful that you have taken the time
out of your busy schedule to celebrate with us tonight.
Business expert will tell
you that very few start-up businesses survive for more than ten or fifteen years. As such this is an extraordinary celebration
– 25 years of a business born, bred and operated in Africa by Africans.
Business experts will also
tell you that a critical element of business success is a stable political and
economic environment. MultiChoice
operates in 49 countries across sub-Saharan Africa – and I have to note that
Namibia is one of the key pillars of our business and is a model country for
others. MultiChoice Namibia is a
thriving and stable business – and for this, Mr President, I have to thank you,
the Government of Namibia and the regulators for creating an environment in
which international businesses can invest and in turn make a meaningful
contribution, including employment, tax revenues and creating small businesses -
so critical for a nation’s growth and prosperity.
A further key ingredient of
our business success, is having great local shareholders who steer the ship. I
want to thank our joint venture partners Kalahari Holdings. It has been a successful partnership which
has stood the test of time. I thank the Kalahari
Holdings board members and current Chairperson Milka Mungunda for their guidance,
support and counsel over the years.
The third major requirement
for a business to succeed is to have a fantastic product that fulfils the needs
of customers. The DStv and GOtv services
enable Namibians to keep abreast with the latest news, entertainment and sport
from around the world. We have been able
to showcase Namibia’s great beauty on the wildlife channels - as well as showcase
Namibian stars and local television producers. Channels such as Zambezi Magic,
KykNet and the M-Net channels bring you much of this Namibian flavour, and I
thank Yolisa Phahle , CEO of M-Net for these fantastic channels . Similarly, I
thank Gideon Khobane , CEO of SuperSport for delivering the world class SuperSport
channels which presents the greatest variety and best sport from around the
We place great value on our
partnership with the NBC and celebrate the recent commercial agreement we concluded
with them. It not only enables us to provide universal digital coverage of the
NBC channels across the entire country, but also assists the NBC, as the national
broadcaster, to continue with its mandate to invest in the Namibian creative
industries and to develop local content and skills.
In closing I would like to
thank the dedicated and hardworking Namibian staff, agents and installers who
make it all happen. I encourage them to ensure we always put our
customers at the heart of everything we do.
Our very existence is due to the loyalty of our valued customers – and
our commitment is to ensure that you have the very best television experience
possible – the best content, the best technology and the best customer
experience – so I thank our customers for their ongoing support.
Thank you for being here to
celebrate with us.