Kwesé TV still

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - STO­RIES BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Swaziland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.