DStv Eutelsat star back from expedition
By Own Correspondent
Young Mallon Marume of Mutare Boys High who won the 2015 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards poster design competition has returned to Zimbabwe after a trip to France, which was the main prize for his win.
As part of the prize, he won a trip to France to visit various scientific institutions, a trip he describes as ‘just amazing.’
Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe, said each year the competition sought to promote knowledge and understanding of the role of satellites in communications technology and is sponsored by MultiChoice Africa and its satellite partner Eutelsat.
Marume took the prize from thousands of entrants from all over Africa.
The competition is made up of poster and essay categories, with winners at country and continental level. Marume won the country and continental sections of the poser design competition, and was rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
“He visited Eutelsat’s headquarters, as well as Airbus Defence and Space, the France 24 television network and a number of leading tourist attractions in Paris, in a visit in which he was accompanied by his father, Stephen Marume,” said Dziva, who also undertook the trip.
“We met a great many people, including Zimbabwe’s ambassador to France, Ms Rudo Chitiga, and this was a chance for a young man who is interested in science and technology to make important contacts as well as build up his own knowledge base.”
This was the second year in a row that a Zimbabwean student won a major prize in the international competition, with a Zimbabwean student having won the essay competition section in 2014. The competition was created to stimulate interest in science and technology in general and satellites in particular, and features a section for poster entries and another for essays.
Mutare Boys’ High School received a satellite dish, television, DStv decoder and a smartcard enabling viewing of the DStv education bouquet, as a result of Marume’s achievement.
Entries are now sought for the 2016 competition and forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice office or downloaded from www.dstvstarawards.com.
Deadline for entries is 30 November 2016.