Botswana: Sekgororoane Ditches GTV for Multichoice?

Even before moving to second gear, Botswana's new pay TV has suffered a setback with the news that its founding general manager Billy Sekgororoane has quit. Sekgororoane told Mmegi yesterday that he is no longer with the recently launched GTV and he is negotiating with a potential employer.

There are reports that he has been snapped by GTV's rivals Multichoice Botswana. He declined to confirm the reports. Sekgororoane is a former general manager of Multichoice Botswana.

"I can only say that I am negotiating with some people. Details of who those people are will be announced in due course. I cannot talk on behalf of GTV. I expect them to issue a press release," he said. He declined to reveal why he has chosen to leave GTV so early. The new pay TV has been hailed as a saviour after it came with a menu containing more English Premier League soccer at a time when Multichoice had a limited supply. GTV upstaged Multichoice when it won the main rights to show English Premier League soccer in Africa for the next three years. GTV public relations consultant in Botswana Kabelo Binns confirmed that Sekgororoane is no longer with the company and he does not know where he is. "I am unable to contact him," Binns said. He declined further questions and referred Mmegi to GTV office in London.

Rumours of Sekgororoane leaving GTV have been flying even before last month's launch. It is widely believed that Multichoice Botswana has decided to snap Sekgororoane to deal a blow to GTV. Multichoice Botswana is said to be eager to replace their Peter Fauel with Sekgororoane who in the past has played a big part in growing the pay television business in Botswana before he was transferred to Ghana. Efforts to solicit a comment from Multichoice Botswana spokesperson Tshepo Maphanyane proved futile as she was said to be out of the office.

(Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone), 14 September 2007)

Botswana: GTV Appoints New GM

GTV is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Essig to the post of General Manager (GM) to lead the company's rapid rollout across Botswana. Mike brings 8 years of retail management, sales, marketing and distribution expertise to the post, as well as a proven track record in business innovation.

Botswana-born Essig's managerial acumen has been honed across a range of leading FMCG retail and distribution businesses including METSEF Trade Centre Group, Fine Wine Botswana and Dafin Sales & Distribution. Mike Essig's appointment was made effective 1st September.

(Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone), 18 September 2007)

South Africa: Live blogging from MIPCOM 07

Stanley Edwards, director of Platypus Production, will once again be heading across the water to attend three events on which he will be reporting daily on's blog.

His first stop will be in London where he will be attending the MediaGuardian Changing Advertising Summit and MoCollywood. Next stop, Cannes France for MIPCOM 2007.

MoCollywood is a two-day celebration of the business of mobile content. Approximately 200 operators, content owners and technology providers are gathering together 2 - 3 October to do business, be inspired, and to learn.

The one-day MediaGuardian Changing Advertising Summit on Thursday, 4 October brings together thought-leaders and decision-makers from the biggest clients, agencies, media owners and solution-providers to examine the challenges of modern advertising and how to engage with consumers in the digital age. They will debate and outline the essential strategies for commercial success in modern advertising. MIPCOM is a global content event, with Edwards' focus being on new media, marketing and advertising trends.

As not all of us are able to make these trips, Edwards will be your eyes and ears, keeping you up-to-date on all the exciting happenings with a daily posting on and Reports will start on Wednesday 3 October, so be sure to check in daily!

As well as the daily blogs and reports, Platypus Productions will be hosting two feedback seminars entitled Reshaping Media. These will take place on 7 November 2007 in Cape Town and 22 November in Johannesburg.