Kwesé TV on the move 

__Beyond wow!

Over the years I have shared with you how important is the smart use of your most precious resource… your time. In this day and age, with more distractions than ever, you as an entrepreneur really have to look at your day, minute by minute, and make sure that everything you choose to do is leading you (and your business) where you want to go. They say time is money, which is mostly true… except you can’t get lost time back!

Now after my very busy trip to New York and Geneva, I flew straight to South Africa, and spent last week getting an update from the Kwesé team. I think the most exciting development for me this week was our decision to create what we call the “Kwesé FREE TV” boutique.

__A minimum of 5x channels are FREE at all times even if someone does not have money on their decoder subscription!

The five “ALWAYS ON” channels are:

# Kwesé FREE Sport (KFS): the biggest sports channel in Africa, which shows live English Premier League, and NBA games.

# Kwesé FREE Entertainment (KFE): A new general entertainment channel which will show latest premium shows including kids, movies, series, and African entertainment. This goes live in January.

# African News: the best African news channel.

# Local FREE-To-Air Channels: every national broadcaster channel will be available.

# Flow TV.

Kwesé FREE TV Zone is a revolutionary idea! All a person needs to do is buy a decoder, and they don’t have to pay to watch at least five of the channels!

# We strongly believe that if someone decides to buy a decoder, it must offer service, even without paying for a subscription. Remember the first 30 days of all channels is FREE!

# We also want people to have the flexibility to pay just for three days, or seven days, whenever they’d like to access all our other channels!

Kwesé TV is now available in the following countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe!

This month (October) we’re adding Malawi, Swaziland and Uganda. You can already buy decoders from dealers and online even for these countries.

Here’s another exciting update:

# Kwesé TV Zimbabwe finally joined the Kwesé TV revolution that is sweeping across Africa, after the High Court confirmed last Friday that its license was valid. As a gesture of goodwill, we have decided to give Zimbabweans whose service was disrupted for two weeks an extra 30 days for FREE.

The response in Zimbabwe has been overwhelming, with long queues outside our stores. In some cases and places, our installers (called Technites) are having challenges getting all the installations done (takes almost half a day to install dish and decoder in some locations).

Even though our teams have trained and deployed more than 7 000 independent installers across Africa, they’re still struggling in some places to get on top of the huge backlog. We’re training more every week, and thank you to those who are being patient!

We really appreciate everyone’s support. Remember it took our competitors 25 years to build what they show, and we have already caught up after less than a year…

We’re so proud of Kwesé’s amazing selection of #Products, and our #People are working hard to ensure our #Processes get your decoder all set up to watch our 65+ channels as fast as possible. Feedback from #People who are already our customers has been BEYOND positive. If that includes you, we thank you!

So much more news to share but will stop here for today. Your TIME is valuable… What have you learned today so far about starting up a pan-African company?

Stay tuned!

To be continued. . .

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

29 thoughts on “Kwesé TV on the move 

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.
    When I was South Africa last week, I saw the launch of Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Kenya was done the previous week! I also visited the Kwesé Play team, and took this group photo. (I got my own Kwesé Play decoder as you can see). Only available in South Africa right now (three months Netflix FREE), they’ll start rolling out Kwesé Play in other countries in Africa during October. Kwesé Play customers don’t need installation by the way. People can do it themselves. All they need is a fibre optic connection.

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 2.
    In French-speaking countries, Kwesé Sports has sub-licensed Canal Plus and we have more news soon… Dans les pays Francophones, Kwesé Sports a sous-licencié Canal Plus et nous aurons bientôt plus des nouvelles à ce sujet…

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #GoGettaz Update!

    The first phase of the competition has now ended, and through the series of four quizzes, many of you were able to show and test your knowledge of both Kwesé’s services, and some of my past posts on this page.

    # The #GoGettaz team running the competition will now reach out to everyone who completed all four quizzes, to learn more about you and your businesses/non-profits.

    # Those of you who completed ALL FOUR quizzes, have now won the opportunity to compete to become one of the finalists who will pitch their business or non-profit. The final two winners will be chosen via ONLINE VOTING by people everywhere. Those who have reached Phase #2 will receive details from our team with additional instructions.

    VERY IMPORTANT: Keep an eye on your email (from! Don’t forget to check your SPAM folder, too.

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Saul writes,

    Sir when will kwese tv be lounched in Tanzania ,Saul Jastini

    My reply,
    In Tanzania we are already broadcasting one free channel Kwese Free Sport (formerly TV1) to over 6m people every week.
    We are waiting for the regulator to approve the full Kwese TV service. We have no concerns because Tanzania is very investor friendly.
    I’m sure we will see it up before the end of November.
    In Tanzania we also own a telecom company called Raha which will be the provider for Netflix through Kwese Play.

  5. Joseph Gwaze

    Congratulations Strive on the amazing Kwese journey, glory be to God. Meanwhile what I have learnt is, ‘with God all things are possible’. Once again congratulations may the Lord God almighty continue to bless and enlarge your territory exceedingly and abundantly beyond measure to and for His glory in Jesus mighty name Amen. Shalom!

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Breaking News!

    As of TODAY (4Th October) existing Kwese customers [those with a decoder] can now download a new Kwese Tv App, which allows them to watch all the 65 x channels on the mobile smartphone or tablet. It is totally free, all you pay for is the data. I recommend Wi-Fi if you want to watch a movie.
    Now that is “tv everywhere!”

    There is also an amazing service called IFlix coming (VERY SOON) and it will also be free for Kwese customers with a decoder….shhh…!

    There are 15 more channels still to be added to the platform, this year alone.

    You are the first to know about these things!

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Breaking News!
    I’m on my way to LA [home of Hollywood] next week and Silicon Valley [home of tech giants] all next week. Taking my top guys.
    We are going to sign some blockbuster partnerships for Kwese TV that have been in the works for months.

    It’s time to take this game to a new level!

    You know I don’t get excited easily…but I’m excited, very excited.

  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Shem writes,

    Thank you so much sir for inspiring us, and expanding Kwese to Sub-Sahara. I noticed that Kwese is now available to 9 African countries, more than half of those are southern African countries. Does this mean that Kwese is going to invest more in African content specifically Southern Africa? Or it’s going to sell more European and Nigerian content into Southern Africa.

    My reply,
    Go to Kwese.Com [find a dealer] and you will see that Full Kwese is available RIGHT NOW in 15x countries:
    Botswana, SA, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
    Tanzania, Namibia and Cameroon already have Kwese Free Sports Channel broadcasting 24 hrs for free. We hope to add Pay channels soon.
    More countries are being added as regulatory approvals come through.

    There are already 65 x channels, as well as local Free To Air National broadcasters.
    A minimum of 5x channels are always free, if you have a decoder.
    We have slated to add 15 more channels.
    You will see even more religious channels, news channels, and local productions. We are interested in ALL OF AFRICA, and not any particular region because we believe in ONE AFRICA.

    • Jose Cumba

      Dear Dr Strive,

      You certainly have my admiration Sir. In the meantime, when are you bringing Kwese Tv over to Mozambique?

  9. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Bruce writes,

    Great staff Sir. Could you zero rate it this weekend so it gains popularity, please!

    My reply,
    Great idea. Unfortunately we do not control all wi-fi networks across Africa.
    I’m sure our MNO partners are working on something…watch this space!

  10. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Newest quiz winners announced!

    Please go to to find out if you’re one of the winners of our two most recent quizzes. If you are, please come back here to this Afterthought and let us know, as usual, with a comment. You only have TWO WEEKS to do this, so please also keep an eye on your FACEBOOK MESSENGER request/inbox for next steps from my prize team. Congratulations to the winners!

  11. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Rodenock writes,

    This is great news Dr and lm excited about the big things, tmrw is my birthday and im making sure lm getting a Kwese Decoder as a birthday present for myself…. Dr u inspire me in many ways…

    My reply,
    Happy birthday my dear friend.
    Make sure you watch Kwese Inc. for you it is the most important channel as an entrepreneur.
    I love Shark Tank, and I’m looking at how we can create an African version of it.
    Shark Tank and The Profit are more important than English Premier League for anyone wishes to create wealth for themselves and their country.

  12. Strive Masiyiwa Post author


    Our three greatest priorities:
    1. Ensure that every child of school going age is in school, particularly girls.

    2. Ensure that every child has access to a computer and the Internet.

    3. Ensure that every teacher has access to a computer and the Internet.

    And to every teacher, I say:
    You MUST have a computer, and access to the Internet. It is so important that you should not wait for someone to do it for you.
    If you as a teacher already have a computer (or smartphone) allow children under your charge, who do not have one, to access it.

  13. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    As a Kwese Inc fan, which is your favorite show?
    (Add a comment on why):

    (a) Shark Tank,
    (b) The Profit,
    (c) Adventure Capitalists.

    If you have another show you prefer also let me know why.

    • Sophie

      Making Of A Mogul on Kwese Inc. I like the way it showcases a different side to African entrepreneurs on the continent and across the pond by spending time with them so we get a real view of what it takes to make it happen. I also like the host as well Anita Erskine. Nigerian publicist Vannessa Amadi episode was inspirational as she overcame cancer to run a successful business and another one with Geeta Sidhu Robb an indian Kenyan lady whose husband left her with 200 British pounds and 2 kids and her business is now turning over millions.

  14. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    The other day I bumped into a billionaire friend of mine, and we chatted briefly about his favorite sports team. I asked him when he last watched the team, and he burst out laughing, then added:
    “I try to watch one game or so every month only, only on TV. I go to the stadium maybe once a year. That is all I can AFFORD otherwise I would not be a billionaire!”
    As we both laughed he added:
    “You and I know that the only billionaires who watch more than one game of EPL a week, are the ones who own EPL clubs!”

    I’m passionate about sport. I had tickets to watch every game of the World Cup in SA. I only watched three [the two semis, and the final], and almost missed the final itself because I had a deal closing on a major business transaction. Certainly I would not have hesitated to give away the tickets even for for that final.
    #90% of the Sport I see on tv is pre-recorded, simply because I cannot match the times with other priorities, including preparing your Facebook posts!

    Just before I go to bed I look at Kwese.ESPN.Com for sports results. I read commentary and statistics. I do that because it is quick and simple.
    I will never do it first thing in the morning, that time is set aside for financial results and business news. After that I read and study other current affairs.

    These are all choices we make, and I cannot tell you how to live your life. I can only tell you about the choices I make as an entrepreneur like you.
    I would rather watch Shark Tank, because it is not entertainment. There is time and place for everything.

  15. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Odero writes,

    IFlix? Is it Netflix rival?

    My reply,
    These are two very different services.
    Netflix you already know. It has already been launched in SA, and I’m pleased to let you know that Kenya is next.
    IFlix is a new service which is sweeping through Asia. It is very different from Netflix.
    Both services will be available ONLY on Kwese!

  16. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Patrick writes,

    The Job, it shows the key qualities one needs to get an executive Job from interviewers, how to respond to questions

    My reply,
    I only saw The Job for the first time during my last visit to SA. I was totally stunned by how good it is!
    If you are looking for a good job or are going to an interview, this show will open your eyes!
    I think our Kwese Entertainment scored a pack pot with this one.

  17. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Breaking News on Tanzania:
    As some of you know the TCRA, the broadcasting regulator, this week issued its public notification of our license application. It gives members of the public an opportunity to make comments.
    I hope our friends in Tanzania, and members of this platform will go all out to give us their full support by recommending us to TCRA.
    In every country where Kwese has come incumbents are panicking and slashing prices. It will happen in Tanzania as well.

  18. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Breaking News on Zambia:
    Everywhere incumbents are fighting to stop Kwese!
    This week Topstar which carries the public signal switched off Kwese Free Sport. Topstar is controlled by existing incumbent, and is supposed to provide access to all other broadcasters. They are running scared of Kwese’s growing popularity in Zambia.

    I urge our friends to fight for us and demand that Predatory behavior (anti competition) by incumbents be stopped.

    #.They don’t want you to get better prices!
    They don’t want you to get innovations like Kwese Free Channels!

    They were very angry when they heard we are allowing Kwese subscribers to get 5x premium channels for free!

  19. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Sedum writes,

    Thank you Kwese team; for lighting Africa’s entertainment with most commonly through Kwese free sports: weekly epl game,NBA,Brazil Series A, Italy series B. Also Kwese has created a platform for Africans football analysts to showcase their knowledge of the game and enlight fans during the game build up.

    Live long kwese wishing you well to reach over one hundred million subscribers and viewers. Wishing that one day acquire German Budesliga TV rights,Most of Africa’s major leagues Tv rights.
    Only sports that makes the World speak one language.

    My reply,
    Thank you for the encouragement. I will do my best.

  20. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Thusoetsile writes,

    What should i do to become a certified installer in Botswana

    My reply,
    We have now trained and certified more than 7000 installers across Africa.
    We need to push that number to more than 20,000 to deal with the demand.
    Some of our installers are doing 5 Jobs per day and getting $15 each time (our recommended price).
    We need more installers in virtually every country.
    If you want to be one of our installers please visit the Kwese.Com website and get the details. We will train you into an entrepreneur, skilled technician, and we call you a Technite!

    This means we are creating jobs.

  21. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Adwoa asks,

    Please is the kwese play decoder different from the normal kwese decoder?

    My reply,
    The Kwese Satellite Decoder uses a dish, whilst the Kwese Play Decoder uses a fibre optic cable.
    Fibre Optic technology allows faster and bigger data movements. This means you can do much more with it than with Satellite technology.
    Kwese Play already has over 100 channels, which will rise over time to hundreds! Kwese Satellite will be about 75 by end of next month.

    If you can get access to a fibre optic cable in your house then it is far better to use Kwese Play.

  22. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Blessing writes,

    Every country that Kwese is launched jobs are being created, entrepreneurs are being made. Amazing if you think about it. Thats the difference between a vision and a real sustainable solution. Africa “Kwesefied” and we are all part of it.

    My reply,


    #Jobs: We have hired more than 500 highly skilled people, and we will be adding hundreds more as we step up our roll out into each country.
    Our content providers, including film makers across Africa are all busy hiring more people!

    Our distribution partners Mobile Network Operators, Stores, Retailers, Shops, are all hiring more people to cope with the demand.

    1. We have trained more than 7000 installers. Many of them are school leavers. We have equipped them with smartphones which enable us to reach them through an App just like Uber.
    The number of installers will rise to more than 20,000.
    2. We have created an “Online” Dealer model called “eDealers”. Many of them are young entrepreneurs now able to set up their own businesses.
    3. Film makers and creative artists are also entrepreneurs, and this creates an opportunity for them.
    We are going to systematically increase African continent.
    4. Even those in sport are also in business, and working for a living.

  23. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Here is a simple entrepreneurial quiz for you:
    The Installation of Kwese decoders is done by independent contractors we call Technites.
    The platform used for an Uber driver, Ecocash (mobile money) agent, and Technite agent, are based on the same concept:
    I want to see if you can “see” it!
    Don’t try this unless you are an entrepreneur…
    I will simply “like” the best comment. Keep it short!

    Note: You can only participate in this Quiz via Facebook

  24. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    TSTV Pay TV service in Nigeria:
    I understand there is a new
    Pay TV operator in Nigeria, that launched a few days ago.
    They have nothing whatsoever to do with Kwese TV. Our content is not [and should not be ] available on their channels.

    I wish them well because the Nigerian market needs competition, and the more the better for all consumers.
    Competition is a good thing, as long as we all play by the same rules.

  25. Kola Saeed

    Dear Dr. Masiyiwa, I appreciate your passion and selflessness.
    What does one do if he’s supplied a faulty kwese tv kit (decoder) or channels not showing after installation and the country’s kwese office (Nigeria) has ignored complaints in mails and chats for 5 weeks? I’m sorry I’m compelled to mention this fiasco here.

  26. Marein

    I like your site and I like your instructions they very nice and very help us. You made a good site and giving us such a good suggestions they amazing. Thanks for sharing the best posts they very useful to us.



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