Life and times of Madiba relived on TV

TODAY television stations are going all out to capture the event that marked the beginning of a new political era when former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison 20 years ago.

Television channels such as DStv, CNN, SABC2 and have put together special shows they will screen to mark this event.

The life and times of the world-renowned freedom icon will be relived on Dstv through a retrospective documentary called the Life and Times of Mandela. This documentary will be shown on Dstv Channel 254 at 8.30pm.

This documentary, the producers believe, is an inspirational look at one of the greatest lives of the 20th century.

In an episode called Mandela - 20 years on, CNN International will be marking the 20th anniversary of Mandela's release from prison with a live broadcast today and a dedicated edition of Inside Africa on Saturday at 6pm.

From 7am presenter Nkepile Mabuse will be live from Cape Town for breakfast with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, as well as ex-prison mates and senior leadership of the ANC at the Victor Verster Prison, from where Mandela emerged 20 years ago.

CNN will then be at the gates of the prison (now the Drakenstein Correctional Centre) from 8.30am when Madikizela-Mandela takes a symbolic walk for Mandela.

Then at 12.30pm Mabuse will talk to ANC members during the march that is planned to take place, to be led by President Jacob Zuma, about what the day means to them and if South Africa today has lived up to expectations. CNN will also be at Parliament for the commemoration of Mandela's release and Zuma's State of the Nation address.

SABC2 will dedicate Morning Live to covering the proceedings, starting from 6am and will extend until 9am.

This means that there will be no 180 Degrees today. is also preparing a Mandela special by inviting guests on Sunrise this morning to commemorate the release of Mandela.

On this special broadcast whose theme is Leading like Mandela, challenges each South African to go beyond the call of duty and to build this country into a winning nation.