e.tv marks Mandela’s ‘First Step to Freedom’

2010-02-08 00:00

FEBRUARY 11, 1990, was a momentous day and signalled a new era of hope and reconciliation for South Africans. In its exclusive documentary, First Step to Freedom, e.tv commemorates the 20th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

Director/cameraman Craig Matthew captured the historical moment, and now, never-before-seen footage of the day will be shown. Viewers will also be able to watch all the preparations leading up to the release of apartheid’s most famous political prisoner and hear in Mandela’s own words how it felt to have his first taste of freedom after 27 years of confinement.

First Step to Freedom can be seen on Wednesday at 8 pm.

Other highlights this week include:


• Grey’s Anatomy — M-Net, 7.30 pm: When Meredith’s and Lexie’s father, Thatcher, returns to the hospital with a failed liver, it’s up to Meredith to save his life.


• FlashForward — M-Net, 8.30 pm: Nicole, the babysitter employed by Mark and Olivia, discloses her shocking future vision — a murder — in Tuesday’s episode.


• Cory in the House — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Cory Baxter of That’s So Raven has moved to Washington, where his father Victor is working as chef to newly elected President Martinez. Expect plenty of laughs as he comes to terms with new living arrangements, a new school and the president’s eight-year-old daughter, Sophie.

• Bar-One Manhunt — SABC3, 8.30 pm: The contestants continue their attempt to conquer Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s heavy going and the below-zero temperatures and altitude sickness take their toll.


• Desperate Housewives — M-Net, 8.30 pm: A chance encounter re­unites Gaby with her sexy ex-lover and gardener, John Rowland; and Lynette and Tom break the news to the kids that she’s pregnant again.


• The Oprah Winfrey Show — SABC3, 5.35 pm: Oprah speaks to comedian Chris Rock and actress and comedienne Mo’Nique, who has won a string of awards for her performance in the film, Precious.

• Man — SABC3, 9.30 pm: What does it take to be a sexy beast? Trevor, Maurice and Kaizer put themselves through a back, sack and crack wax.

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