Naspers’s Video Entertainment business recently announced new appointments to its
Calvo Mawela has been appointed CEO of MultiChoice South Africa. In this new role
Mawela will be responsible for MultiChoice SA and DStv Media Sales in South Africa.
Mark Rayner, current CEO of MultiChoice SA, becomes chief operating officer for
MultiChoice South Africa.
Mawela will focus on strategic developments in the pay television industry, while
Rayner will focus on ensuring product and operational excellence that will give DStv
customers the best entertainment experience.
In addition the company announced the following appointments:
• Yolisa Phahle, current CEO of M-Net, will step into the role of CEO of General
• Fahmeeda Cassim Surtee has been appointed as CEO of DStv Media Sales in
South Africa, with Chris Hitchings continuing as overall CEO of DStv Media Sales
• Gideon Khobane will continue to head up SuperSport as CEO
“This is a strong leadership team who can to take us into our next phase of growth,’
says Imtiaz Patel, Video Entertainment chief executive. “While the pay television
business faces technological shifts, regulatory and competitor challenges, the core
focus remains delivering the best local and international content to our customers,
anytime, anywhere on any device.’
“Calvo and Mark are an impressive team who will steer MultiChoice South Africa into
the future. Their combination of strategic and operational skill and experience
complement each other. Calvo is well-positioned to drive strategy and growth in our
South African operations. He has a rich and varied experience in broadcasting and a
proven track record in managing complex issues in South Africa and the rest of the
Mawela, currently executive in charge of regulatory affairs and policy for Video
Entertainment, began his career at Sentech where he was responsible for
commissioning transmitter sites. He has held senior positions at ICASA, where he was
responsible for technical regulations relating to the broadcasting industry, Orbicom
Mawela led the planning team on the digital broadcasting plan for South Africa and
served as a planning expert to the International Telecommunications Union. He also
served as a councillor on the Minister of Communications’ advisory body for digital
migration and is a registered professional engineer and a member of the South
African Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Mark has proven himself to be able to get the best out of the business operationally,’
Patel said. “His focus will be to deliver the best experience to customers in the best
possible way, making sure we achieve our business objectives, including financial and
customer satisfaction targets, and drive efficiencies.’
Yolisa has over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry, she joined the
company in 2005 and has been leading M-Net since 2014. She started her career as a
musician and member of Soul II Soul, performed with Duran Duran, has worked as a
producer and BBC executive. Under her leadership, Mzansi Magic was launched and
our other local channels which include Africa Magic, Maisha Magic East, Maisha Magic
Bongo as well as Zambezi Magic have seen an increased focus in our commitment to
African storytelling. In her new role, she will continue to ensure that our customers
have access to world class local and international entertainment.
Fahmeeda Cassim Surtee is currently Group Sales and marketing director for DStv
Media Sales and has been involved in the media industry for more than 24 years. She
started her career as sports journalist and advertising consultant at City Press
newspaper before joining the MultiChoice Group in 1998 where she has been leading
key strategic projects to commercialise digital properties and next generation
Cassim Surtee holds a variety of qualifications in media management, strategic
marketing, business management and journalism and of her many achievements, she
has been a Woman of the Year nominee, has co-authored a book on branding and set
up a foundation for women in sport in South Africa.
These leadership appointments are effective immediately.