When Naspers spun out MultiChoice in 2019 as part of measures by CEO Bob van Dijk to release value trapped in the valuation gap between the e-commerce giant’s market cap and the sum of its parts, some analysts were prepared to say good riddance to an asset with a business model in irreversible structural decline.   

Canal+, the pay-TV subsidiary of one of the world’s biggest media conglomerates, Vivendi, does not seem to buy in to that assessment. On Monday, MultiChoice, Africa’s biggest satellite pay-TV operator, disclosed, as required under JSE rules, that Canal+ has built up a 6.5% stake in it.  ..

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