Kwesé TV still
It seems Kwesé TV is yet to complete negotiations with Swazi TV which will enable it to make inroads into the country. This is according to Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Dumisani Ndlangamandla who revealed that the Swazi TV board was yet to get appraised about the negotiations that have been ongoing between the pay TV broadcaster.
Kwesé TV is owned by Econet Media and is the brain child of Zimbabwean business magnate Strive Masiyiwa who has concerns internationally.
Ndlangamandla said according to his understanding, management was supposed to present the proposal to the board which would then take the matter up with Cabinet before any agreements could be completed.
“The proposals have yet to reach the board,” he said.
He said he understood that the proposal would enable the local station to flight some of the sports that Kwesé has rights to such as the La Liga and English Premier League.
“They (Kwesé TV) once contacted me about this and I referred them to the board which I assume further referred them to the station’s management because such proposals have to ordinarily come through them,” he said adding that he was sure that they had been to the station’s Chief Executive Officer, Bongani Dlamini.
“The decision by the board will need Cabinet approval and thereafter, an agreement can be made,” he said.
When asked whether the negotiations will be prolonged, Ndlangamandla said they could be expedited by the board; “If the board does things quickly and takes and brings this (to Cabinet) all processes can be completed within a short period of time.”
The announcement that Kwese TV would be making inroads in the country by the end of last month was made by Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa on his Facebook page over a month ago.
However, an update this past week revealed that Swaziland was one of the countries set to launch this month along with Malawi and Uganda.
“Kwesé TV is now available in the following countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe,” he said.
Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Dumisani Ndlangamandla.