South Africa’s DStv has firmly denied it is quitting Zimbabwe despite the impact of the currency crisis in the country.
Zimbabwean subscribers to DStv’s DTH bundle of channels must pay for the monthly/annual subscription in a ‘hard’ currency such as US dollars or South African Rand. The banks responsible for transferring the cash are either declining – because they themselves are starved of foreign currency – or are charging a significant extra ‘handling charge’ which makes a subscription all the more expensive.
A response from DStv, to Zimbabwe’s TechZim web-site, stated: “Rumours circulating in Zimbabwe to the effect that DStv services to the country are being suspended are wholly inaccurate, and the set of DStv bouquets available to Zimbabwean viewers remain on offer.”
Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe, added that rumours about a suspension of service popped up on a regular basis and had no foundation in fact. “DStv services to viewers across Zimbabwe remain on offer,” she said.