Mark Mandela Day on TV

2011-07-11 00:00

THE documentary Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela is being broadcast on the History Channel (DStv channel 254) tomorrow at 5.50 pm.

The programme features interviews with Nobel Prize winners Nadine Gordimer and F.W. de Klerk, Robben Island co-prisoners Ahmed Kathrada, Mac Maharaj and Tokyo Sexwale, Mandela biographers Alister Sparks, Anthony Sampson and Charlene Smith, and Madiba’s friends and family. Together they reveal a story unknown to the world beyond his inner circle.

Mandela also talks of his love of children, how apartheid affected him, facing the death sentence, and how he survived prison, won over his enemies, and overcame prejudice. He also speaks about the pain of his marriage to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with whom he has two daughters.

Other highlights this week:


• The Oprah Winfrey Show — SABC3, 5.30 pm: At the age of six Clayton’s father and stepmother locked him inside a bathroom closet, his tiny body wrapped in a wire fence and bound by chains like an animal. Now 19 years old he hopes that telling his story will save another child from abuse.

• Vampire Dairies — Vuzu (DStv channel), 8.30 pm: In the season two finale Mystic Falls screens Gone with the Wind in the town square and Damon’s memories of Katherine in 1864 mix with the reality of present-day Elena.

• Event Horizon — Sony Max (DStv channel), 9 pm: The year is 2047 and a rescue crew is sent to investigate the Event Horizon starship that disappeared into a black hole seven years previously and has now reappeared. Stars Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne.


• Andries Plak — SABC3, 9.30 pm: In this dramedy, which explores social mores using a healthy dollop of satire and wry humour, Andries wants to get even with all political leaders, his church, his doctor, commerce which he distrusts … In fact, there is no limit to his disenchantment.

• I Pronounce You Black and White — Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 107), 8.30 pm: When Simon Dawson (Tyrel Meyer), a white South African Jewish boy, meets Jackie Msolisi (Astara Mwakalumbwa), an independent, smart and beautiful black girl, sparks fly and they announce their plans to marry, which doesn’t meet the approval of their parents.


• The Real Hustle — BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120), July 13 at 9 pm: A series based on scams and cons, revealing how easy it is to become a victim.


• Mars: The New Evidence — History Channel (DStv channel ), 8.30 pm: Experts investigate whether water once flowed on Mars and the planet’s seasonal plumes of methane that could indicate life below its surface.


• Worst Week — SABC3, 9 pm: Sam tries to replace Dick’s treasured bird after he accidentally kills it by feeding it avocados.

• December Boys — SABC3, 9.30 pm: Four orphans leave their orphanage for a holiday by the sea, but tensions rise when it’s rumoured that two of the seaside residents might adopt one of the orphans. Stars Daniel Radcliffe.

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