Could DStv be on its way out of Zimbabwe?
that my life had to stop for full week? These questions flooded my mind the whole week.
From the bank, to friends and your so-called “experts on social media” stories and conspiracy theories were abound. The most intriguing ones were:
1. That RBZ was failing to “pay” Multichoice money owed as its Nostro accounts were empty. Multichoice is the owner of DStv. But then how come other foreign service providers are not experiencing the same difficulties? And besides for how long have we heard the same rumour about the empty Nostro account? Hope one day someone will explain to me in plain English what this Nostro animal is all about.
2. That our Government, through RBZ again, was trying to push Multichoice out of the country to pave way for Zimdigital. Some experts here went on to claim that RBZ was actually investing in Zimdigital and was eyeing a big payday once DStv moved out. But then in a free economy like ours there is no need for government to play dirt, and I don’t believe it is playing dirt. Government makes rules in this country and can make rules that can make the coming in of Zimdigital smooth, without any need to play dirt. Afterall Zimdigital will bring the much needed local content we miss so much.
3. That Kwese TV was coming to take over from DStv. This was a more persistent rumour which the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe had to try and squash quickly by asking the public not to believe the rumour as they had not granted Kwese TV any satellite licence. It is just our hope that when Kwese TV gets a licence and comes to Zimbabwe it will behave like a Zimbabwean platform, putting Zimbabwean content first.
But most importantly, when all has been said, DStv needs to change the way it does business in Zimbabwe. First, it needs to change the way it treats its Zimbabwean clients. Secondly, it needs to change its bouquet system as half the time we are paying for useless channels. Competition, from either Zimdigital or Kwese TV will surely make DStv jump and pay more attention to customers outside South Africa. What the system needs now is a disruption!!!
RBZ Governor Dr John Mangudya