DStv is too pricey —Icasa candidate
A former e.tv employee seeking a seat on the board of communications regulator the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) wants DStv to make its subscriptions cheaper.
Natalie Delport‚ who in 2016 left e.tv owner Sabido‚ said this when interviewed by MPs who are looking to fill three vacancies on the Icasa board.
Responding to a question from EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi‚ Delport agreed there was a monopoly in the pay-TV space, which needed to be tackled.
Delport said her views on pay-TV were “split” because it was a brilliant business concept, but had a monopoly problem.
“I think more can be done to share the benefits that pay-TV [offers]. I’d be saying‚ ‘Koos [Bekker, chairman of Naspers] ‚ I think you need to make the DStv bouquet more accessible and affordable.’
“In the pay-TV space, I think there is monopoly and something can be done about that‚” said Delport.
Another board candidate‚ Thembeka Semane‚ spoke to the committee about high data costs. Should she be appointed to Icasa’s board‚ she would want to help reduce these costs, Semane said.