A fire broke out at MultiChoice in Randburg, Bram Fischer
Drive in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Employees were evacuated from
the building to allow the Joburg Fire Department to try and extinguish the
The fire was reportedly concentrated where some of
SuperSport’s content for DStv is shot. MultiChoice group executive for
corporate affairs, Joe Heshu, confirmed the incident.
MultiChoice confirms fire outbreak
Heshu shared that the fire broke out in the Magic Centre of MultiChoice’s campus. Fortunately, he also revealed that there were “no reports of injuries” so far.
The group executive also confirmed that the fire department was on the scene fighting the blaze. Billows of black and grey smoke could be seen wafting upward into the sky.
MultiChoice fire footage shared online
Onlookers and workers alike, took to social media to share
footage of the incident. A number of people flooded the streets to watch
firefighters battle the blaze.
Heshu revealed that the fire was caused by waterproofing
repairs that were being undertaken on the roof of the building. Firefighters
were able to successfully put out the flames.
Social media users joke about fire incident
Being typical South Africans, some people saw the lighter side of the incident and started making jokes. A couple of people mocked Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr.
They referred to the singer’s angry plea with DSTV viewers to “braai their decoders” after his songs were removed from airplay. He sweetended the challange by offering a R10 000 prize.
MultiChoice decided to ban his music following continued utterances that had a racist undertone. Several Hofmeyr supporters pledged to not support DSTV by burning their decoders and satellite dishes.
Some of the singer’s supporters took to social media to post themselves in the act. A Twitter user mocked Hofmeyr writing: “When some take the “braai your decoder” to seriously. #dankieSteve #multichoice.”