World Telecommunication and Information Society Day launch for third edition of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for African students

PR Newswire/Les Echos/ 
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day launch for third edition 
of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for African students 
Johannesburg, Paris, 17 May 2013 - As part of their commemoration of World
Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), Eutelsat Communications
and MultiChoice Africa announce the return of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for
2013. The awards inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school
students in Africa, to create awareness on how science and technology can be
applied to everyday life and showcase the many ways that satellites already
impact on the development of the African continent. 
According to Nico Meyer, Chief Executive of MultiChoice Africa, the 2013 awards
are perfectly aligned with the objective of WTISD, namely to raise awareness of
the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and in
particular satellites, on society. "The new edition of our Awards challenges
high-school students from over 42 African countries to propose how they would
use satellites in space for Africa, their country or their community," he
The annual awards, which grew from 800 entries in 2011 to over 1,000 last year,
take the form of a competition open to 14-19 year-old students to write an essay
or design a poster on a specified topic. Country winners, besides winning
country prizes, will go on to compete for the overall continental awards. Like
their 2011 and 2012 counterparts, this year's overall essay and poster winners
will win a once in a lifetime trip for two to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris,
with the essay winner travelling onwards to witness a live rocket launch.
Runners-up will win a trip to South Africa as guests of MultiChoice Africa.
Schools attended by the overall winners will also receive a DStv installation,
including dish, television, state-of-the-art PVR decoder and free access to the
DStv Education Bouquet. 
For Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer, Michel de Rosen, the ability of the
competition to stimulate thinking among young Africans on how satellite
technology can shape society and economies, and the first-hand exposure of
winners to the space business, is unique. "The awards present an opportunity to
actively stimulate and showcase emerging science and technology talent on the
African continent. They are the only competition aimed at promoting knowledge
and understanding of satellite technology among African youth and kindling 
their interest in exploring the career paths and opportunities that the world 
of satellites offer. We are delighted, as a leading satellite operator engaged 
in developing communications in Africa, to celebrate the 2013 World
Telecommunication and Information Society Day in such a fitting way." 
The power of the awards to enrich lives is attested by the 2012 best essay
winner, Anthony Oyom from Uganda, whose recent trip to Paris and French Guiana
was an exhilarating experience.  Says Anthony: "The visit to the Guiana Space
Centre was breathtaking and the tour of Paris simply amazing. Meeting and
interacting with the various stakeholders in the launch programmes in Kourou was
a once in a lifetime opportunity, and as I flew back to Uganda, I reflected on
the achievements of these amazing people and the lessons we can learn from
Students can enter the awards by collecting an entry form and other resources
from their nearest MultiChoice office or download a copy at 
Entries for the awards close on 19 September 2013. 
About Eutelsat Communications 
Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity
commercialised on 31 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat
Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the
world's leading satellite operators. As of 31 March 2013, Eutelsat's satellites
were broadcasting more than 4,600 television channels to over 200 million cable
and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's
satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution, corporate
networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris,
Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and
operational professionals from 30 countries. 
For further information 
Vanessa O'Connor      Tel. : + 33 1 53 98 37 91
Frédérique Gautier    Tel. : + 33 1 53 98 37 91 
About MultiChoice Africa 
MultiChoice Africa Limited ("MultiChoice Africa") is an African pioneer of pay
TV services in sub-Sahara Africa, having launched the first digital satellite
service in the 1980s. The company is registered in Mauritius, and is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of the Naspers Group. MultiChoice Africa provides
multi-channel digital pay television services containing channels from Africa,
America, China, India, Asia and Europe. The company has over twenty years
experience as a Pay TV operator in Africa, offering cutting-edge digital
technology and a selection of DStv bouquets containing premium television
channels for subscribers in 47 African countries and the adjacent Indian Ocean
For further information contact:  
Head: Corporate Affairs 
Caroline Creasy     Tel: +27 11 289 3081 - Follow us on Twitter@Eutelsat_SA and Facebook
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