On the Move
first namibian to head MultiChoice
Honorine Kaze - April 2012
Marcus Burger is the first Namibian to hold the position of a managing director at MultiChoice Namibia.
Taking over from Kobus Bezuidenhout, Burger is, however, not new at the television network as he was their Financial Manager since 1997 before his appointment to the management position.
He is a holder of a BComm. (Accounting) from Potchefstroom University; has done courses amongst which he has received an advanced management program and a High Performance Leadership certificate at Wits Business School, South Africa.
Furthermore, he is currently busy studying in order to complete an MBA at Stellenbosch Business School also in SA.
“I am humbled indeed, proud and honoured at the prospect of leading MultiChoice Namibia.
Coming from a financial background, I see all facets of the new job challenging but hopefully rewarding as well. I am fortunate to have industry-specific experience as well as MultiChoice-specific experience to carry forward and apply in my new role,” Burger says.
MultiChoice Namibia, which is a part of MultiChoice Africa based in South Africa, has been operating in Namibia since 1992 and Kalahari Holdings is a majority shareholder with 51% shares. The business that started off as part of the first-paying TV channels to launch outside the United States has grown into a successful paying TV business with multiple products.
Digital Satellite Television (DStv) is a multiple channelled digital satellite TV on direct to home (DTH) African subscription broadcasting services. It operates from two satellites over Africa, broadcasting on Ku-band via Eutelsat W7 and Intelsat7, which only requires a small satellite dish. It currently includes nearly 100 video channels and over 20 audio channels.
In his new position, Burger’s role is to formulate, implement and monitor strategies and business processes. Burger, who is a sport enthusiaste and mostly plays golf and squash, understands that like in sport whereby team effort is important for the success of a game, plans on keeping emphasis on the welfare and motivation of the staff for a better service to the customer.
“I believe that in order to succeed in a new position, I must be able to listen to all the parties involved in making MultiChoice a leading business and rely on my whole team of staff and support structures. We live with the following values, which keep the staff motivated: ...
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