Thursday, July 12, 2018

M-Net schedules a Carte Blanche special for this Sunday at 6pm, revealing Madiba’s never-before-seen letters.

M-Net (DStv 101) has scheduled a Carte Blanche Special: Mandela's Letters as a once-off documentary special for this Sunday at 18:00 that will replace the second season of My Kitchen Rules SA for one week.

The Carte Blanche special at 18:00, that will be followed by the regular Sunday evening's Carte Blanche episode at 19:00, is one of the new programmes that form part of the MultiChoice, M-Net, Anant Singh and Carte Blanche TV and film content celebrating what would have been former president Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday on 18 July.

The Carte Blanche Special: Mandela’s Letters is a prelude to the DStv Mandela 100 Tribute pop-up channel that will be running on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African National Archives have been collecting and assembling letters Nelson Mandela wrote during his 27 years in prison.

Poignant, impassioned, gripping and inspirational, the letters – many of them never before revealed to the public – paint an intimate portrait of Madiba and provide insights into the ways in which he kept his spirits up during his incarceration.

"Carte Blanche, which is turning 30 this year, has reported on Madiba’s work and life in many exclusive inserts, and came closer to the man we got to know and love than most media outlets. Sunday’s programme continues this proud tradition," says Lani Lombard, M-Net's head of publicity.

My Kitchen Rules SA will return to the 18:00 timeslot on M-Net on Sunday 22 July.

Sunday's normal Carte Blanche episode at 19:00 on M-Net will look at the government's plan for national health insurance of which the details are sketchy and whether it's a silver bullet or a black hole.

Carte Blanche is also again looking at the beleaguered South African Airways (SAA) as the struggling national airline continues with yet another cost-cutting exercise trying to claw back to profitability. The show looks at how international low-cost models could provide the answer.

The show will also have an insert on home hijacking at a residential complex in Gauteng's East Rand, as well as the future of self-driving and electric cars that are bound to make their way to South Africa as well and how the country's laws and infrastructure will have to catch up.