African pay TV group MultiChoice is set to launch a pop-up TV channel in honour of the former president of South Africa and ANC leader, Nelson Mandela.
On Wednesday July 18, MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DSTV will launch a pop-up channel dedicated to Mandela, aka Madiba, as a celebration of his legacy. The date also marks a 100 years since his birth.
The channel will broadcast for five days on DSTV channel 199. It will begin airing at 19.00 on that day and will be accessible to all DSTV subscribers.
Named Mandela 100 Tribute Channel, the channel was compiled by M-Net for DSTV. It will feature archive footage, films and documentaries of the late Mandela.
From Wednesday July 18 to Saturday July 21, the channel will air content including a four-part miniseries, films (such as The Long Walk to Freedom and Invictus) and documentaries. These include The Face of Unity; In the Name of Mandela; War & Peace; Mandela’s Unsung Heroes; and Countdown to Freedom.
Speaking about the channel, Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice’s CEO of general entertainment, said: “Around the globe, Nelson Mandela is revered as a hero of the struggle and as the man who led South Africa to democracy. While striving for justice and freedom and shaping a nation, he also changed the world with his humility and indomitable spirit.
“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.”