Thousands call for 'DStv to fall' over price hike

Thousands call for 'DStv to fall' over price hike

Johannesburg - Thousands of DStv subscribers have threatened to cancel their contracts over its price hike for 2016.

In a statement on Tuesday, Multichoice said the depreciation of the rand since April last year had forced it to increase fees for it's DStv services.

DStv Compact, the company's baseline service, would be increasing by 8.15% to R345 come the 1st of April.

The most expensive DStv package -- DStv Premium -- would cost R759, a 8.58% hike.

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Multichoice said its challenges include buying content in foreign currencies. It said typically, its price hikes were in line with inflation. 

But, DStv subscribers have threated to pull out from the service and end their contracts. 

Tens of thousands of people using the #DStvMustFall, complained on social media about DStv's repeated shows and movies and price hikes in essential services like electricity. 

Eskom announced a 9.4% hike in tarrifs for the 2016/17 financial year.

In public hearings in Cape Town, the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) listened as business and private consumers lamented over the high cost of living.

Eskom said the tarrif hikes, in part, would be neccesary to recover from the R22.8bn it spent on dealing with the load shedding crisis.

 

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