DStv to hon­our Madiba cen­te­nary

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DSTV has an­nounced a Man­dela 100 Trib­ute Pop-Up Chan­nel for five days around the cen­te­nary of Nel­son Man­dela’s birth.

The chan­nel, 199, will be launched on July 18 at 7pm – Man­dela’s birth date. It will air pro­grammes which cel­e­brate and hon­our the life and le­gacy of Tata Madiba. There will be a mix of films, doc­u­men­taries, ar­chive footage from M-Net’s Carte Blanche as well as ex­clu­sive celebrity in­ter­views.

“We are im­mensely proud to ded­i­cate a unique pop-up chan­nel to cel­e­brate the life and le­gacy of this bea­con of self­less­ness and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, who gave hope to mil­lions,” says Yolisa Phahle, gen­eral en­ter­tain­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mul­tiChoice.

The chan­nel, com­piled for DStv by M-Net, is packed with pro­grammes that paint a pow­er­ful pic­ture of what it meant to be Madiba – and what Madiba has meant to the world. Each night at 8pm, DStv cus­tomers across the con­ti­nent can tune in for a new di­rec­tor’s cut, in the form of a four-part minis­eries, of the land­mark film The Long Walk to Free­dom (2013), based on Man­dela’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy which fo­cuses on his early life and 27 years in prison, and stars Idris Elba.

The fi­nal evening will fea­ture In­vic­tus (2009), the Hol­ly­wood film directed by Clint East­wood, star­ring Mor­gan Free­man as Nel­son Man­dela and Matt Da­mon as Spring­bok rugby cap­tain Fran­cois Pien­aar. It is the story of South Africa’s vic­tory at the 1995 Rugby World Cup where Madiba fa­mously wore the No 6 jer­sey. Other high­lights in­clude: The Face of Unity – a doc­u­men­tary with pre­vi­ously un­screened footage and trib­utes from for­mer US pres­i­dent Barack Obama; golf leg­end Jack Nick­laus; mu­si­cal ge­nius Ray Charles, and Hol­ly­wood lu­mi­nar­ies Sa­muel L Jack­son and Ge­orge Lu­cas.

In the Name of Man­dela, War and Peace – a sum­mary of the po­lit­i­cal his­tory of South Africa from the time of the dis­cov­ery of gold in 1886 to the elec­tion of Nel­son Man­dela as pres­i­dent in 1994.

Man­dela’s Un­sung He­roes – an ac­count of the Rivo­nia trial in which some of Nel­son Man­dela’s fel­low ac­cused in the trial, that led to his in­car­cer­a­tion on Robben Is­land, share their mem­o­ries.

Count­down to Free­dom – Nar­rated by James Earl Jones and Al­fre Woodard, this doc­u­men­tary chron­i­cles the be­hind-the-scenes lead-up to the Man­dela’s tri­umph in South Africa’s first free elec­tions. – Staff Re­porter

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