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South Africa: AfroWorld View Owner "Confident" Of DSTV Channel Listing

Mzwanele Manyi, the owner of the new Afro World View Channel, formerly known as ANN7 news, has expressed "quiet confidence" that the channel, in which Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter is a shareholder, has what it takes to hold its spot on DStv.

In earlier reports, MultiChoice had expressed its reluctance to renew its contract with the channel at its expiration date in August 2018 following the controversies surrounding the former owners - the Guptas. The leading pay-TV operator also said that other groups had shown interest in taking over ANN7’s spot as it wanted a black-owned, independent and unbiased channel replacement.

Manyi said  "The new name Afro Worldview has advanced in the bidding process for the new contract from MultiChoice. Since it is black-owned and managed as Multichoice prefers, and we have revised its editorial policies in alignment with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa, we are quietly confident that MultiChoice will be fair because we have reached and are exceeding their requirements. Afro Worldview is a growing concern that poses no risks at all to MultiChoice."

The new owner also announced that Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, the granddaughter of Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who owns Mandela Legacy Media, had become a shareholder. Other private investors are Unathi Mguye, founder of Storky Management Consulting, and a high court Attorney, Sifiso Mthethwa. The share deal has increased Afro Worldview’s black ownership from 90 to 100 percent.

On the matter though, the Director for Media Monitoring Africa, William Bird, commented: "While the broadcaster had rebranded, "serious questions remain about the role of ANN7 and whether or not it was involved in issues relating to state capture. Despite the claims that there have been major shifts, the core questions that were raised remain until clear evidence to the contrary."

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