Continental pay-TV operator MultiChoice, owner of the DStv satellite platform, has
decided to merge its DStv Mobile and DStv Online divisions into a single yet to be
The news was revealed on 25 October via a statement which reads: “It has become
increasingly clear that the DStv Mobile and DStv Online businesses enjoy huge
overlaps and should be integrated into one unit. These businesses will be merged
into a single entity with immediate effect and the combined business unit will be
headed up by John Kotsaftis, current CEO of DStv Online.
“In view of the increasing complexity of the MultiChoice business, Mark Rayner, the
current head of DStv Mobile, is appointed to the position of chief operating officer of
MultiChoice South Africa with immediate effect, reporting to group chief executive
officer Imtiaz Patel.’
The statement also revealed that current MuliChoice South Africa CEO Collins Khumalo
has decided to take “time out’ after 17 years with the group.
“Collins Khumalo has played various roles within the payTV environment and has been
a stalwart in assisting the company to build the pay-TV business across the
continent. The company would like to thank Collins for his sterling service to the
group and wish him well in the future,’ reads the statement.
In another new appointment, Calvo Mawela has been appointed to the position of
Stakeholder and Regulatory affairs: Multichoice South Africa Group. Calvo will report
directly to Patel.