REMARKS BY MS. MILKA MUNGUNDA CHAIRPERSON, MULTICHOICE NAMIBIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen
I stand here tonight humbled, yet grateful for the
trust bestowed upon me to be the Chairperson of MultiChoice Namibia.
When Oprah Winfrey was a small girl, working with her
barbershop-owner dad, she would see all kinds of people joining them. At one Christmas dinner she asked her Dad:
Daddy, why can’t we have regular people at our
His response was:
They are regular people. They are
just like you. They want the same things
MultiChoice Namibia has realized that we are all
regular people. MNC gives the
opportunity to the regular people to hear and be heard, to share their stories
and allow others to see themselves for a moment and gives them a glimpse to
This glimpse of triumph started in December 1992, when
the joint venture with Kalahari Holdings was the beginning of a new era. MCN
used the power of entertainment to enrich the lives and become part of the
integral part of the entertainment industry, education and positive
contribution towards economic growth and job creation in Namibia.
MultiChoice Namibia believes that, and if I may
quote Maya Angelou “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” MCN has invested in infrastructure,
technology and most importantly in people.
To date, MCN has done a direct economic impact of some USD11.9 each year
on our contribution to our communities.
We have forged long-term relationships with the
National Broadcaster, Government, Ministry of Education, and entrepreneurs.
Our national footprints extend across the country,
with two offices in Windhoek, branches in Swakopmund and Ongwediva. We are
currently exploring Kavango Region. We currently support 13 agents, 120 accredited
installer companies and a robust network of 70 Namibian retailers
Martin Luther Junior once said: “The function of education is to teach one to
think intensively and to think critically.
Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
True to this quote, MultiChoice improves Namibian
lives to make a difference in their communities by equipping them with
additional skills, financial assistance and education training by making
learning available to educational institutions.
To date 300 Namibian schools are beneficiaries of the MultiChoice
Resource Centre programmes through which schools receive a plasma screen and
PVR decoder with educational programmes, at no cost.
DStv and GOtv content inspires Namibians to make
their entertainment time the most life-enriching experience it could be. As a result, we see children in rural areas
who have been watching DStv, speak English.
You see them imitating famous soccer players on TV when they are playing
Personally, I always wanted to be involved in areas
where I can add value. MultiChoice has
opened up this opportunity, and my favourite memories are when we are giving
donations. Seeing children, babies and
communities benefitting certainly enriches my life.
All these memories, along the journey of enriching
lives, made MultiChoice the broadcaster that it is today.
Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, as MultiChoice
we are not oblivious of the challenges facing our local content industry, in
fact, we are committed to ensure that MultiChoice Namibia contributes towards
the development of local content. However, I must hasten to mention that a
collective responsibility by the government, national broadcaster, and the Namibian
film industry on the forefront, can realise that goal. As MultiChoice Namiba we
are willing to be part of the bigger picture, but are also faced with the
challenges. I see my brother, Festus Mbandeka
here tonight. This is the most powerful
person in our industry. Since I am having some power on this podium for now,
may I appeal to you to be cognizant of the challenges we are facing as an
industry. From that perspective, I will
also appeal to my other brother, Hon. Simataa to assist the firm industry to improve
on our local content industry. My powers
are only applicable while I am on the podium and that is why I am abusing the opportunity.
MultiChoice Namibaia ralises that the world is
changing and therefore we are in the business of WE CAN, WE DID IT AND WE SHALL
BE DOING IT AGAIN AND AGAIN.
GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS MULTICHOICE NAMIBIA.