Yes, as Zimbabweans articles like such are necessary.
How one is able to pay for their DStv subscription is necessary as it doesn’t work like how it does in a “normal” country.
As of today, November 2, 2017, these are the methods that one can use in order to pay for their subscriptions:
- NMB (Account holders and non-account holders pay with USD cash)
BARCLAYS (Account holders only)[on the 1st of December]
- CABS (Gold and Platinum customers only)
- ECOBANK (Account holders only)
- FBC (Account holders only)
- MBCA (Account holders only)
- POSB (USD Cash only)
- STANBIC (Account holders only)
- STANDARD CHARTERED (Account holders only)
Those that are account holders are able to make payment using funds already in their account (RTGS/transfer balance), while non-account holders still need to bring hard currency in the form of US dollars.
If your bank is not listed above, and you have a bank account that can make online Visa/MasterCard payments then using the online portal is another option to make payments – eazy.dstv.com/en/zw/pay. Note that not all local banks are able to transact online, and those that are, have limits.
MultiChoice Zimbabwe, the franchise holders for DStv in Zimbabwe, has stated that currently, they do not accept payments, as all payments for one’s DStv subscriptions goings through a financial institution and that money goes directly to MultiChoice Africa. It is the financial institutions that make the decision as to how customers can pay, they state.
The stance that MultiChoice has taken has given rise to Strive Masiyiwa-founded Kwese TV leveraging the ability of their customers to pay using “any method available locally“, including EcoCash, swipe and/or bond notes. This flexibility may give Kwese TV a quick boost to becoming the default entertainment option in Zimbabwe, albeit their lack of much sort after English Premier League may prove to be their Achilles heel.
What method are you using to pay for your DStv? Have you jumped ship to Kwese TV yet? If you have left, what was your main reason for leaving?