DStv to honour Madiba centenary
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