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How our activities enriched our stakeholders



learners reached by Let's Play initiatives to date


spent on social investment projects during FY20(1)


MULTICHOICE TALENT FACTORY (MTF) academies across Africa, based in Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia And South Africa


students were trained through MTF academies across Africa over the past five years


players have played for national teams as a result of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge

(1)Includes non-cash advertising donations of ZAR79m.


As a proud contributor to the socioeconomic development in the countries where we operate, we recognise the value we can create for shareholders, employees and communities. We primarily focus our social investment in youth development, health, education and empowerment. Our heart and soul are in Africa, and we choose to tell original African stories. Our business benefits from and we live up to our brand promise of enriching lives by playing an active role in developing future film and TV talent, and by building and strengthening creative industries across the continent.

Although we are an organisation that has a low impact on the environment, we recognise the importance of the environment to society. Therefore, we are committed to play our part where possible in ensuring a sustainable future for ourselves, our customers and our stakeholders.

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SuperSport's flagship CSI initiative, Let's Play, encourages young people to be physically active and to participate in sport.


  • Let's Play is implemented in South Africa in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, Sport and Recreation and UNICEF South Africa
  • Over the past 12 years, Let's Play has reached more than 1.5m children in thousands of schools and communities
  • 26 multipurpose sport fields have been built to date

The SuperSport United Academy is a soccer development programme for young people. The programme aims to fast-track future professional football stars.


  • The programme supports 30 fulltime players who receive full boarding and lodging, world-class coaching, educational and scientific support and medical attention. Furthermore, the players receive training on life skills and the media
  • To date, more than 100 players graduated from the academy and progressed to play for the PSL and National First Division (NFD) clubs in the National Soccer League
  • Five former academy players are part of the SuperSport United senior squad in the PSL, and many of our academy players play in various national age-group teams

Our football development programme, the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC), is a development league in partnership with the PSL. It strives to fast track the development of young players into professionals in the PSL.


  • MDC evolved from being a round-robin competition of 64 games in 2014 to a full league programme of 240 matches per season in 2019/20
  • Since inception, the league has seen more than 200 players being promoted to PSL first teams, and more than 150 players representing various South African national teams in international competitions
  • MultiChoice uses the competition as a catalyst to grow the capabilities of six community TV stations by donating broadcast rights

The group's flagship shared value initiative MTF now fully encompasses the organisation's investment in the future of creative industries across 14 markets with the rebranding of MultiChoice South Africa's Magic in Motion to MTFza.


  • The initiative has three touch points, namely the film academies, MTF masterclasses and MTF portal:
    1. There are four MTF academies across Africa, for East Africa in Kenya (20 graduates), West Africa in Nigeria (20 graduates), Zambia (20 graduates) and, to date, 72 students were trained in South Africa (MTFza)
    2. The MTF masterclass programme provides training and upskilling to industry professionals in 14 countries
    3. The MTF portal is a digital networking platform for creatives and includes online masterclasses, up-to-date industry news and opportunities. More than 27 000 creative industry users are registered on the platform
  • A key success of the programme is its partnerships. MTF partners with M-Net local channels producing 26 made-for-TV feature films for broadcast on local channels and Showmax. Other key partners include local academic and government institutions and a growing number of international industry partners

The SuperSport Rugby Challenge is the secondary domestic rugby union competition in South Africa. It serves as an important developmental competition in South African rugby as it features a combination of Super Rugby players returning from injury, reserve players maintaining their fitness levels and younger players trying to break through to the Super Rugby or Currie Cup (the primary domestic rugby union competition) sides.


  • The Rugby Challenge provides exposure for local clubs and provincial heroes as it takes rugby to the people, using club grounds and going off the beaten track to venues in the rugby heartlands of South Africa, with a particular focus on the Eastern Cape
  • The initiative offers on-the-job training for broadcast interns and graduates and serves as a platform to uplift SuperSport's production capabilities
  • SuperSport provides the rights to broadcast the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and the related magazine programming to the six community TV stations on DStv for free
  • This tournament serves as a springboard to showcase and elevate South African rugby talent. Two 2020 World Cup winning Springboks, Herschel Jantjies and Sbu Nkosi, have previously featured in the competition

Our collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation aims to combat the poaching and sale of protected animal species.


  • Irdeto built a relationship with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), using our anti-piracy and cybercrime technology and teams to hunt down wildlife crime and trafficking online
  • Our collaboration agreement with the AWF is now fully signed, and a grant agreement is in the process of being finalised
  • Quarterly progress reports are submitted to the AWF
  • This initiative continues to flourish, with 73 Irdeto employees volunteering for this vital initiative

We are dedicated to transformation and play a key role in transforming our broader industry.

Our transformation initiatives are based on a recognition that equity is a catalyst for economic independence. We recognise the critical role that owning economic assets plays in reducing inequality. The MultiChoice Group is a level 2 BBBEE company, and MultiChoice South Africa is a level 1 BBBEE company.

Phuthuma Nathi is our South African broad-based share scheme. Through Phuthuma Nathi, more than 80 000 black South Africans together with the MultiChoice Group (1.4%) own 25% of MultiChoice South Africa. Phuthuma Nathi shareholders comprise individuals, collectives and black-owned companies. Through this scheme, we shared the success of our business with thousands of South Africans and have paid ZAR11.9bn in dividends to date.

In addition to our successful share scheme, we have numerous enterprise development initiatives and preferential procurement programmes aimed at fostering and supporting new and previously disadvantaged business owners, and several initiatives aimed at growing the local media and production industry.

For more information, see Value created for our employees.

The environment

While we are not a significant consumer of natural resources, we focus on minimising our consumption and ensure we are compliant with all existing environmental legislation.

Most of our office buildings are environmentally friendly or, where possible, retrofitted for energy and water efficiency. Our Randburg South Africa office has a five-star green rating from the Green Building Council. Our primary impact arises from using coal-fired electricity, which is the primary source of energy in many of the countries in which we operate. During electricity outages, we use fuels such as diesel to power generators. Water scarcity is an issue in African countries that rely on water for electricity production.

Natural resources are finite and, therefore, we implemented a number of initiatives to improve our efficiency. These include:

  • Energy-efficiency and energy-saving measures for electricity, air-conditioning, heating and ventilation, or investing in green infrastructure, such as light motion sensors in buildings, LEDs with daylight harvesting, solar panels and energy-efficient inverter technology
  • Waste-reduction initiatives including recycling paper, cans, plastic and ewaste, and responsibly disposing of ewaste
  • Water-efficiency measures for our green accredited buildings, including low water-use taps, dual-flush toilets and pressure reducers, and educating employees and guests on water-use efficiencies
  • Encouraging people to use videoconferencing facilities instead of air travel

MultiChoice measures its carbon footprint from scope 1 and 2 emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The group's carbon footprint in FY20 was 76 721.17 tonnes of CO2e (FY19: 57 782.88 tonnes of CO2e), with the largest contributors being electricity, accounting for 100% of scope 2 emissions (75%% of total emissions). A discrepancy was identified in the prior year's CO2e figure, which has now been restated as 57 782.88 tonnes.




MultiChoice's contribution to unemployment

The need for job creation is a serious concern and a potential opportunity in many of the communities in which we operate.



We recruited 100 unemployed youth and placed them on an accredited sport programme, with the aim of passing on critical skills to their communities through schools, sport clubs and also through them starting their own businesses. This was the first time that they would be remunerated monthly.



The COVID-19 pandemic brought about many challenges for the societies in which the MultiChoice Group operates.



Read about our initiatives to help these societies during the outbreak in Our external environment section.

Key focus areas going forward

Our CSI initiatives are key to the sustainability of the group as they help maintain the strength of our brand, develop talent pipelines in TV, filmmaking and sport, and help sustain essential relationships with our stakeholders, regulators, partners and customers. The MultiChoice Sport and Development Trust recently approved three large initiatives including schools' netball, boxing and the Let's Play field projects. In addition to the 100 sports coaching learnerships created through its Let's Play initiative, MultiChoice also recently partnered with the Youth Employment Services (YES) initiative to create a further 400 new job opportunities for South Africa's youth. These will be the key initiatives in the next year over and above the current programmes.