As the world continues to battle the deadly Coronavirus that is sweeping across the world, many people, within and without Kenya are being called upon to “work from home.”
It is hard to keep up with the number of deaths as a result of Coronavirus but at the time of writing this article, the number had moved past 13,000 globally with infections being above 300,000.
Kenya is among the African countries that have reported positive cases of COVID-19. By the time this piece was going up, the number stood at 7 confirmed cases. The government is still putting measures in place to contain the situation.
The majority of Kenyans, especially those employed are being told to work from home. Many Kenyans have adhered to the directive by the government of Kenya to work from home and avoid crowded places.
From what Kenyans are sharing online on #WorkingFromHome, challenges and experiences, it is obvious that offices were saving people the boredom of staying in the house.
The majority of those working from home complain of various challenges including and not limited to disruptions and inadequate entertainment on our local TV channels.
“It is like we are under house arrest. There is no fun in working from home. Our local channels need to come up with content that can make working from home fun,” said one Twitter user.
At this time that more people are opting to work from home, having a wide range of choices in terms of entertainment helps in reducing the stress and the anxiety that has been created by the deadly Coronavirus.
“What people should know is that this is just the beginning. We are just starting. We are calling for a complete lockdown. This means we shall be at home by force. Playing music alone won’t give us peace,” says another Twitter user.
Now, here comes the question: are you bored? Is your working from home challenging because of the monotonous content on our local TV channels? You are not alone. The prevailing circumstances have called on many across the African continent to adjust to new ways of living and working. Many are required to spend more time at home with their loved ones, and MultiChoice Group (MCG) remains committed to supporting its customers with the best available programming to keep families informed and entertained.
To ensure the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, Africa’s most-loved storyteller will provide broadened access to credible information at this time, by making news channels more widely available across the continent.
“We have been in constant communication with health authorities such as the World Health Organisation, and we will be rolling out Africa-wide public service announcements on COVID-19. It is important that all of us take heed of the announcements and advice from trusted experts so that we can look after our own health and that of our loved ones,” says Nancy Matimu, MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director.
The video entertainment company is not only expanding its content offering for news, but there will also be more kids shows, movies, and curated sports content.
“In light of the disruptions to the school year in some markets, we are also working to provide access to the best available educational content, to help keep young minds stimulated and engaged,” continues Matimu.
Live sport has suffered a notable impact globally as a result of sporting federations correctly prioritizing the safety of players and fans alike, by adhering to accepted measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. MultiChoice Group has acquired the best award-winning sports documentaries from around the globe and produced thematic channels for sports fans to relive the greatest sporting moments of all time.
It is important to note that due care has been taken to ensure that employees, customers, production houses and suppliers also have a limited risk of exposure. A number of sports, film and production crews may not be able to continue working, but customers will be updated on any program schedules and changes in the coming days and weeks.
“We are taking great care of our staff during this time and have encouraged those that are able to work from home to do so,” Matimu adds. “In light of this, we have advised our customers that there may be a delay in our ability to attend to customer queries. However, we have customers can take advantage of our *423# USSD self-service platform and the MyDStv and MyGOtv self-service apps, and we will do our best to sort out any issues they may have, timeously.”
There will be regular updates from various sections of the business providing further details around our commitment to ensure we continue to provide the best video entertainment even during these challenging times.
What should you expect?
Stay in the Know
“To ensure that we provide you with broad access to credible information at this time, we are making news channels more widely available in our markets. From Today we have included CNN (channel 415), Euronews (channel 414), BBC Word News (channel 400), Aljazeera (channel 406) and Africanews (channel 417), as well as the many other local DStv news channels in markets. GOtv customers will also get the brand-new channel Africanews (channel 47) available on GOtv Max and Plus.”
For the Kids
“We are making revisions accessible for lessons and edutainment, adding educational channels Da Vinci (DStv 318 and GOtv 66) and fun programming on Cartoon Network (channel 310 and GOtv 67)on DStv Access until the end of May to help keep young minds stimulated and engaged.”
“As you are aware, live sport is massively impacted; we have acquired the best award-winning sports documentaries from around the globe and produced thematic channels for you to relive the greatest sporting moments of all time. In addition, we have opened SS1 to DStv Compact Plus and Compact, this channel will thrill customers with past sports stories that have created some of sports most magical moments. Also opened in SS7 which will showcase Motorsport action to DStv Access. While GOtv customers will have access to GOtv Select 4 opened to compact customers to Re-Live the Premier league. GOtv Select 5 which will showcase past WWE content will also be opened.”