Mzwanele Manyi says he is "quietly confident" that the rebranded ANN7 news channel — which Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter now has an interest in — has what it takes to keep its spot on DStv. MultiChoice said in January that owing to the "controversies" associated with Gupta-linked ANN7, it would not renew its contract with the channel when it expired in August. The owner of DStv said in March 60 groups were interested in taking over ANN7’s spot. It wanted a black-owned "independent, unbiased and critical" replacement. Manyi said on Tuesday that Afro Worldview, the new name for ANN7 as of April 30, was "advanced in the bidding process" for the new MultiChoice contract. Being black-owned and managed, and having amended its editorial policies to align with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA, "we are quietly confident that MultiChoice will do the right thing because we are exceeding their requirements", Manyi said. "Afro Worldview is a going concern that poses virtually no ris...

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