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2016 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards Competition

2016 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards Competition

The 6th edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is now open. We are calling all science and technology fans between 14 and 19 to be inspired to write a creative essay or design a poster. MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat are convinced by the power of science and technology education to encourage young minds to positively change their world. Now in its 6 th year, their joint initiative, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, inspires innovative thinking among a new African generation. This pan-African collaboration has created a meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world. Since the start of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition in 2011, over 5,000 students have taken part in this unique competition.

The prizes of this innovative competition are as big as the dreams of a young, energised African generation ready to shape the evolution of our continent. Selected from thousands of entries by a high-standard jury, the overall essay and poster winners will be eligible for a once in a lifetime trip for two to Paris, France to visit Eutelsat satellite facilities, with the essay winner traveling onwards to see a rocket launch into space. Runners-up will win a trip to South Africa to explore several sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa. The schools attended by the four overall winners also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.


“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.”


DStv Eutelsat


  • Besides awesome prizes up for grabs in the country awards, overall winners will be rewarded with the trip of a lifetime:
  • For the overall winning essay – a trip with his/her parent/legal guardian to Eutelsat in Paris, France and onwards to a spaceport to attend a live rocket launch.
  • For the overall winning poster – a trip with his/her parent/legal guardian to Eutelsat in Paris and a satellite construction site.
  • For the runner up poster and essay entries a trip with their parent/legal guardian to visit MultiChoice in Johannesburg and the South African National Space Agency at Hartebeesthoek.
  • The schools attended by the four overall winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.


7 November 2016


  • The Awards are open to all students from secondary (high) or combined schools in Africa where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations.
  • Entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or copies can be downloaded from
  • Entries are accepted in English, French and Portuguese and will be judged on the basis of high-standard criteria of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation.
  • The competition closes on 7 November 2016. Only entries submitted on the official entry form will be eligible. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February 2017
  • 1200 to 1400 words (excluding bibliography)
  • Typed in Arial 12, 1.5 spacing or must be hand written, but clearly legible
  • Pages to be numbered
  • Only hard copy entries will be accepted
  • Entries may include illustrations, graphics or diagrams
  • References (all sources consulted during the preparation of the entry)
  • Entries must be between A3 Size (420 X 297 mm) and A1 Size (594 X 841 mm).
    Only hard copy entries will be accepted
  • All poster entries must be accompanied by a typed or legible handwritten summary containing the following headings:
  1. Title
  2. Summary of idea/concept
  3. References (all sources consulted during the preparation of the entry)
  • Entries will be accepted in hard copy format only.
  • Entries from previous country or overall award winners will not be accepted.
  • Entry forms must be fully completely. Entries accompanied by incomplete entry forms may not be accepted.
  • Only entries with attached entry forms will be accepted. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that forms and in the case of posters, creative rationales/summaries, are attached in such a way that they do not become separated from the entry submission. In cases where entries and attachments become seperated, such entries may be disqualified.
  • All poster entries have to be accompanied by a creative explanation/summary as specified in the criteria for posters section above.
  • To enter, students need to be between 14 and 19 years of age and enrolled at a registered secondary, combined or high school (public or private). Only entries prepared by an individual will be accepted.
  • Entry forms and essays/posters must be submitted before the closing date and time. It is the responsibility of the entrants to ensure that entries reach designated collection points prior to the closure of the competition. Any entries not received prior to the closure of the competition will not be eligible to participate, regardless of the reason for the late entry. MultiChoice and Eutelsat are not responsible for any entries which are not received, whether timeously or at all, regardless of the cause thereof. Without limitation, MultiChoice and Eutelsat are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failure or malfunction, postal systems, traffic congestion (whether physical, postal or on the Internet, telephone lines or at any service provider, web site or other device or medium), or any combination thereof, or any other technical or other problems.
  • Only one entry, i.e. either poster or essay, may be submitted per student on the specified topic.
  • Entries can be prepared in English, French or Portuguese
  • Entries must be the own original work of the student.
  • Any costs or expenses which the entrant incurs other than in respect of those items specifically included in a prize are for the entrant’s own account. It is assumed that entrants will have sufficient funds available for all costs and expenses which they may incur during and for purposes of entry into the competition.
  • No previously published material will be accepted.
  • Only entries in the correct and specified formats will be eligible.
  • Plagiarism is forbidden. Entrants may quote short passages, but material copied from a source must be surrounded in double quotes (“) and the source indicated. Copied materials should rarely be more than a few lines, and never as long as a paragraph. Quoting long passages is forbidden. Entries caught plagiarizing will be rejected.
  • All entries must include a full bibliography of sources for the essay. The bibliography should be excluded from the essay word count. The bibliography should be the last page of the essay. In the case of poster entries, the entry form, as well as a creative explanation/summary (inclusive of any sources consulted) must be attached to the poster.
  • Entries cannot be returned to participants.
  • All the submitted essays and posters will be the property of the organisers. The organisers reserve the right to modify the format and content of any submitted essay or poster before publication. Also note that the organisers have the sole right to publish the submissions in any media.
  • Participants agree to the publication of their names and to appear in the electronic media and the print media, and agree, within reason, to endorse, promote or advertise the organisers’ goods or services, for which no fee will be payable.
  • The organisers reserve the right not to award any particular prize, if no entry is found fitting for that particular prize.
  • Please note that the rocket launch may be cancelled or delayed due to reasons beyond MultiChoice and Eutelsat’s control. This may result in the best overall entry award winner visiting the spaceport facility but not being able to witness a live launch as planned. In the event that the live rocket launch is cancelled or delayed, you and your travel partner (if applicable) indemnify and hold the organisers harmless against any claim of any nature, arising in relation to entry in the competition and acceptance of the best overall entry award.
  • The decision of our Panel of Judges will be final and is not subject to an appeal with regard to the selection of winning essays and posters as well as the selection of essays and posters meeting the minimum qualification criteria.
  • Members of staff of the organisers and their direct family members are not eligible to participate in the Awards.
  • Winners must possess whatever documents and permissions that may be required in order to accept the travel prize, including a valid passport and all necessary visa and travel documentation, which documents and permissions it is their responsibility to obtain at their own cost, and which documents and permissions must remain valid in such minimum form and for such minimum period after the prize date as may be required by the relevant authorities. The organisers will provide administrative assistance in applying for the travel visa for the overall winners if applicable.
  • MultiChoice and Eutelsat will not be responsible, and disclaim all liability, for any loss, liability, injury, expense or damage (whether direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential) of any nature, whether arising from negligence or any other cause, which is suffered by participation in the competition or the acceptance and/or use by the participant, or their travel partner (if applicable), of any prize, or by any action taken by MultiChoice and Eutelsat in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  • The participants indemnify and hold MultiChoice and Eutelsat harmless against any claim by the participants, or their travel partner (if applicable), (whether direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential) of any nature, whether arising from negligence or any other cause, relating to any injury, loss, liability, expense and/or damage which they may suffer, howsoever arising, in relation to their participation in the competition and/or acceptance and/or use of a prize.
  • Entries must be:

in the entry box at MultiChoice Africa country or regional offices (African countries) OR for South Africa at the MultiChoice Africa Building,141 Bram Fischer Drive in Ranburg, Johannesburg (South Africa only).

To MultiChoice offices listed on the entry form. For South African entries only : To MultiChoice Africa, Corporate Affairs, 141 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Attention: Nonye Omotola

  • All entries must be accompanied by an entry form and in the case of posters an entry form and creative summary.


For queries you may email your question to: or phone your nearest MultiChoice Office. In the case of South Africa, please contact Mahlatse Sithole on 011 781 9950


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