Swazi TV is to be added to MultiChoice’s DStv Swaziland satellite platform from 1 August, allowing those who struggle with poor terrestrial TV transmission to access the nation’s 24 hour station.

According to the Swazi Observer, only available within Swaziland boundaries, the realisation of the new Swazi TV satellite-delivered service came about through a partnership between the country’s Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, the Swaziland Television Authority (STVA) and MultiChoice Swaziland.

The launch, which had faced delays since its April target, will constitute “a milestone that both companies are very proud of,” according to Mbusi Dlamini, chief executive officer, MultiChoice Swaziland.

MultiChoice Africa’s Mgqibelo Gasela said the decision follows the inclusion of other state broadcasters on DStv such as SABC 1 and SABC 3 in South Africa, NBC in Namibia, ZTC in Zimbabwe and ZNBC in Zambia.

“We are pleased to have been able to partner with Swazi TV and are happy that our investment in building a local link station will have a positive contribution, allowing the channel to be seen across the country on DStv,” Mr Gasela told the Swazi Observer.

MultiChoice Africa first entered Swaziland in 1995 through the establishment of MultiChoice Swaziland as an agency. This business was later converted to a MultiChoice franchise. Subscribers to the pay-TV service in the small southern African nation can now access up to 70 television channels.