DStv Eutelsat Star winner returns from Paris

HARARE - Mallon Marume, the Mutare Boys High School student who won the 2015 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition’s poster category, has returned from France where he visited various scientific institutions.

MultiChoice Zimbabwe publicity and public relations manager Liz Dziva said the tour of France was the main prize for winning the contest which featured thousands of entrants all over Africa.

Each year, the competition seeks to promote knowledge and understanding of the role of satellites in communications technology, and it is sponsored by MultiChoice Africa and its satellite partner, Eutelsat.

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 poster 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.

While in France, Marume met many key people including Zimbabwe’s ambassador to France Rudo Chitiga.

“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,” she said.

This was the second year in a row that a Zimbabwean student won a major prize in the international competition. Joseph Mahiya, winner of the 2014 DStv Eutelsat Essay competition, also visited France and French Guiana, as part of the prize for winning the contest.

The competition was created to stimulate interest in science and technology in general and satellites in particular.

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.

Meanwhile Multichoice Africa and Eutelsat have extended the deadline for receipt of entries for the 2016 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition from October 31 to November 30.

According to Dziva the deadline extension was necessitated by requests received from all over Africa, including Zimbabwe.

“All science and technology students and enthusiasts and fans between the ages of 14 and 19 now have extra time in which to either write an essay or design a poster based on the 2016 topic: ‘Take yourself into the future as a scientist,’ tasked with designing a new-age satellite that will help improve the lives of Africans; tell us what you would call your satellite and describe the different functions and roles that it would play in the Africa of the future.”

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition is open to students from secondary schools across Africa and entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice customer care centre, or they can be downloaded from www.dstvstarawards.com.

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