Over 100k South Africans Petition for DStv Price Cuts

Image sourced from The Vanguard Nigeria

More than 100,000 South Africans have signed an online petition calling for DStv to discount its prices – as it has done in other countries around Africa – during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“DSTV drops prices for the rest of Africa except South Africa. We’re being taken for granted here #DstvMustFall,” says Sifiso Gwala, the person behind the price-cut-campaign.

A closer look at these claims reveals that Multichoice Nigeria announced that it will give DStv and GOtv customers massive discounts – of up to 44 per cent and 74 per cent respectively – in a bid to ease the impact of the ongoing socio-economic crisis in the country.

Martin Mabutho, CCO of MultiChoice Nigeria, told The Eagle that these discounts are a way to thank their consumers for consistent loyalty.

“The discounts given are in line with MultiChoice’s mission to provide quality content and a chance for their loyal and valued customer base to experience a wider range of content on higher packages.”

DStv South Africa, on the other hand, is yet to make clear how it plans (if at all) to chart a similar path for its loyal subscribers. This is something, according to EWN, that local customers desperately need citing supporters; “Prices are too high, [we] can’t afford it”, “we must choose the channels we want”.

The online petition – which was launched just over a week ago – has accumulated 109,016 signatures as of 29 April 2020.

Edited by Jenna Delport
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