As we mourn as well as celebrate the life of the first president of South Africa, MultiChoice has announced the launch of a Nelson Mandela memorial channel on DStv, paying tribute to the former South African president who died yesterday at the age of 95.
The channel – Channel 199- will host the accolades, with a full schedule of programming that is to be communicated. That’s not all, MultiChoice has also launched a tribute website.
MultiChoice executive chairman Nolo Letele expressed the broadcaster’s sadness at the passing of Mandela, who was the leader of the anti-apartheid struggle, spent 27 years in prison and was his country’s first black president.
“It is a sad day for the MultiChoice family and for our nation,” Letele said. “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. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family during this sad time. Madiba – you will be sorely missed.”
Mandela will not only be remembered as the first president of South Africa because he stopped being a South African and became a citizen of the world. He always managed to look beyond people’s errors which was seen when he went to the England to settle the differences. He was a preacher of unity and love despite the race.
Even South Africa’s last white president, F.W. de Klerk, agrees that Madiba left a legacy that should not be left to die with him.
“Mandela’s biggest legacy … was his remarkable lack of bitterness and the way he did not only talk about reconciliation, but he made reconciliation happen in South Africa,” he said.
Mandela lived his life to the fullest leaving no stones unturned just to ensure peace love and unity prevails. It is hard not to cry but his death should be celebrated as he died a hero.
Rest In Peace Nelson, you will never be forgotten even those who did not get a chance to meet you met you through your acts.