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2013-12-06 11:22
Cape Town – South African television and the country’s TV industry reacted swiftly in the late hours of Thursday night following the death of Nelson Mandela with MultiChoice going live with a special Nelson Mandela tribute channel on DStv and broadcaster’s jumping with rolling news coverage and on-air specials.

Although the SABC has not communicated anything – neither a public statement, nor any preliminary statements regarding programming – MultiChoice went live in the very early hours of Friday morning with a Nelson Mandela event channel on channel 199 which will provide rolling documentaries and special programmes as a tribute to him. In conjunction with the channel, MultiChoice went live with a special site  where people can leave special tributes.

The department of communication cancelled a scheduled press briefing set for Friday to update South Africa and the industry about the progress with digital terrestrial television (DTT), as the SABC,, eNCA, M-Net, SuperSport and MultiChoice summoned workers to work while many already working dug in for all-night, late night shifts.

M-Net will roll out a special live Carte Blanche episode on Friday evening at 19:30 looking at previous profiles and interviews with Nelson Mandela as a tribute to him. The Sunday episode’s line-up is also being changed. “He came to Carte Blanche and he lit up our world every time we had the privilege of interviewing him," said George Mazarakis, the executive producer of Carte Blanche.

The M-Net and M-Net Movies Premiere channels are changing Sunday night’s movies. All the M-Net channel logos on all M-Net channels, SuperSport and M-Net Series channels went black in mourning. switched to live, rolling news coverage using the feed of sister channel eNCA, and special programming started on Channel O, Mzansi Magic with more planned for these channels as well as kykNET.

TV critics are giving rave reviews and already praising South Africa’s Robyn Curnow, CNN International’s (DStv 401) South African correspondent for her instant and ongoing brilliant on-air coverage, insight and analysis. Robyn Curnow took to the air on Thursday night and kept going for multiple hours on-air with exceptional news coverage following Nelson Mandela’s death.

Farewell, Tata Madiba

"It is a sad day for the MultiChoice family and for our nation," said Nolo Letele, MultiChoice's executive chairperson. "The loss of our beloved Tata Madiba will be felt for a very long time. Tata's contribution to our country has been immeasurable and his teachings will always be a part of us - leading us towards a better future."

"M-Net mourns the passing of one of Africa's greatest sons. Hamba Kahle, Madiba!" said M-Net in an on-air scroll. “As a nation we owe so much to this one man it is hard to imagine South Africa without Nelson Mandela. He was a model of ethical conduct and humility whose memory we can honour by remembering the lessons he taught us. Farewell, Tata Madiba.”

" and eNCA extends deepest condolences to family, friends, fellow South Africans and the world for the passing of former South African president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela," said in a statement.

" and eNCA regular programming changes in light of the passing of Nelson Mandela. and eNCA as channels are going with rolling 24-hour news coverage. This will include reports directly from all events and proceedings; the news will be interspersed with interviews with family, friends, business leaders, politicians and ordinary citizens.”

The SABC has yet to release a statement, or communicate programming details. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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