When Skynet Pvt Ltd t/a MultiChoice Zimbabwe was first established in 1995, it was with the idea of using entertainment to change people’s lives. This sentiment holds true today, and after 25 years, MultiChoice is still rooted in Zimbabwe.
How we create social value
Recognising that its customers and all stakeholders are its lifeblood, MultiChoice remains committed to supporting and working with the broader Zimbabwean community.
We believe the key ingredients to business prosperity and sustainability are having the right partners and enabling government and regulatory regimes that stimulate business and the broader economy, creating prosperity for all.
MultiChoice Zimbabwe has 4 branches employing 98 employees and supporting 122 installers and 32 agents across the country. Together they provide access to an exciting mix of local and international content via 7 DStv packages that features local football, music, kids, telenovelas, movies, news, documentaries and more.
Growing Zimbabwe’s creative industries
DStv is also the home of M-Net’s Zambezi Magic channel, offering Zimbabwean viewers access to the best Southern African productions which included the popular reality series Our Perfect Wedding Zimbabwe, and movies such as Love and Dance and Love is Not Enough.
Through reality shows such as the popular Old Mutual Amazing Voices on DStv, MultiChoice has provided the much-needed platform for Zimbabwean artists to showcase their talent to millions of viewers across Africa. Selmor Mtukudzi, Ammara Brown, Thembalami, MisRed and Bulawayo based Family Singers are some of the local talent featured on the pan-African reality show which aimed at unearthing unsigned music groups across three genres – gospel, pop and rhythm and blues (R&B).
To further the production of exclusive local content, MCZ has invested in the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) social development initiative.
Designed to upskill local filmmakers in all areas of TV and film production, the MTF has a dedicated academy in Lusaka, which in 2018 was attended by aspiring Zimbabwean filmmakers Nobert Mapfoche and Rutendo Mahofa. This year, Nkosilesisa Ncube and Nelson Madzima are representing Zimbabwe at the Academy.
Initiatives such as these, and entertainment such as that broadcast on DStv unite Zimbabweans and provide hope in challenging times.
The business launched the ‘Installer Ecosystem’, a web-based application used for DStv installer certification, installation scheduling, quality assurance and obtaining feedback concerning installations from customers. It also launched the MyDStv application and WhatsApp platform to enable DStv self-service alongside a new payment platform to pay for Zimbabwean accounts in South Africa.
MultiChoice Zimbabwe pledges to continue standing with the people of Zimbabwe, experiencing the highs and the lows, the flutters and the victories, the tears and the emotions together as a brand, and as a people.