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Window period extended for Dstv Eutelsat Start Awards competition

Window period extended for Dstv Eutelsat Start Awards competition

The DStv Eutelsat Start Awards competition has been extended until 1 March, due to popular interest in the competion by  budding scientists between ages of 14 and 19.

Local learners are being encouraged to keep enter and write creative essays or design a posters for the competition under the topic, ‘It is sixty years since the first satellite, Sputnik, was launched, broadcasting a unique and easily captured beep, beep, beep signal. Looking back at this historic moment, write an essay or design a poster depicting how satellites have launched humankind in the 21st Century and acted as a unifier’.

The competition is open to all learners from secondary or combined schools on the continent where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations and entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or via

Entries will be judged on the basis of high-standard criteria of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation and for the first time students are also invited to engage with the Awards community through a dedicated facebook page.

The essay winner will be eligible for a trip for two to Paris, France in the company of Eutelsat and onwards to French Guiana to see a rocket launch into space.

While the poster winner will win a trip for two to South Africa which includes a visit to the South African National Space Agency as well as exploration of several heritage sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa and the schools attended by the two winners will also a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv education package.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.