Miracle Rising Poster

7 February 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa:  On Sunday, 10 February 2013 at 8:30pm, all DStv customers can look forward to watching the international debut on HISTORY™ of Miracle Rising®: South Africa - a documentary that marks the 23rd anniversary of Madiba's release from prison, and recounts untold stories of the four years from the release of Madiba in 1990 to the elections in 1994.

The extraordinary documentary produced by Combined Artists and sponsored by global ICT company  Dimension Data, reveals to the world the crucial decisions, small conversations, tragic ironies and audacious leaps of faith that combined to make the almost impossible vision of a democratic elections a reality.

Set against the majestic African landscape,Miracle Rising®: South Africaintroduces the unsung heroes and divulges previously untold stories that quietly shaped the course of our history. The stories are recounted through the personal interpretations of key local and international figures. Viewers will hear the personal and intimate anecdotes on the subject from various world leaders, politicians, celebrities, and journalists.

MultiChoice South Africa, HISTORY and Dimension Data pooled their resources to pull together this exclusive documentary in partnership with Combined Artists to tell the behind-the-scenes story that South Africans and the world have yet to hear.

Adam MacDonald, VP of programming at A+E Networks UK, said: "I'm hugely proud to be involved in this momentous documentary. HISTORY™ has worked closely with our platform partner MultiChoice in developing this project with our South African production partner Combined Artists. We believe this historical event in South Africa is a truly inspirational programme for our global audiences."

Michele Sparkes and Thys Botha, Producers for Combined Artists, added: "Miracle Rising®: South Africais a documentary that covers a global struggle, quite possibly the first such event in contemporary history, where the efforts and sacrifices of ordinary people coupled with the power of global opinion-makers resulted in a political and societal transformation which has been described as a 'miracle' of its time.  We secured the participation of a significant number of these players to tell the story of what is possible, against momentous odds. The documentary was produced during a time when such forces are again playing out across a global landscape. We like to believe thatMiracle Rising: South Africawill present witness of hope and inspiration which others can learn from and follow."

Imtiaz Patel, Group CEO for MultiChoice South Africa, commented: "MultiChoice is honoured to be involved in bringingMiracle Rising®: South Africato fruition with HISTORY and Dimension Data. This is a landmark project which tells the story of the birth of our South African democracy in a refreshing and remarkable way. If we look at how democracy is playing out in the world around us, this story is one that should be heard by all. As a proudly South African company, it is fitting that our DStv platform will be the first in the world to broadcast this story on HISTORY. We are pleased that through HISTORY, more than 300 million homes around the world will also get access to this story."

Jeremy Ord, Chairman of Dimension Data, said: "As a proudly South African headquartered company, Dimension Data is honoured to be involved in this moving documentary. When we became involved in this initiative over two years ago, the philosophy and principle behind the Group's commitment was - and today still remains - nation building. We wanted to remind the people of South Africa - and indeed the world - about how far South Africa has come since 16:14 on 11 February 1990, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and first appeared at the gates of Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl, in Cape Town. That moment set South Africa on a path to achieve many amazing and astounding achievements which culminated in what I believe is the ultimate "miracle"- the first ever free and democratic elections in South Africa. I strongly encourage individuals across the globe to watch the documentary."

Miracle Rising®: South Africa will have its television debut on HISTORY, channel 186 on DStv on Sunday, 10 February 2013 at 8:30pm and repeated at 10:20pm. Thereafter, it will be screened across the world onHISTORY to 300 million homes in over 150 countries, in more than 37 languages worldwide. This is a must watch for all South Africans.


All DStv customers can view Miracle Rising®: South Africa on HISTORY, channel 186 on DStv. DStv will make HISTORY available to all its customers in a special preview weekend from Friday, 8 February at 5pm to Tuesday, 12 February until 2am.

Viewers can participate by tweeting #miraclerising or contribute to the ongoing story of South Africa by logging on to:

Miracle Rising®: South Africa will be screened on HISTORY on DStv as follows after the initial debut:

  • Monday, 11 Feb @ 4:30; 6:20; 12:30; 14:30; 21:35;
  • Tuesday, 12 Feb @ 5:25; 13:25
  • Thursday, 14 Feb @ 17:50
  • Friday, 15 Feb @ 1:50; 9:50
  • Saturday, 16 Feb @ 21:25
  • Sunday, 17 Feb @ 5:25; 13:25
  • Wednesday, 20 Feb @ 22:20
  • Thursday, 21 Feb @ 6:20; 14:20
  • Sunday, 24 Feb @ 17:00
  • Monday, 25 Feb @ 1:00; 9:00


Miracle Rising®: South Africa Fact Sheet

Miracle Rising®: South Africa End Credits


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About A+E Networks™ UK

A+E Networks™ UK, a joint venture between A+E Networks™ and BSkyB, is a leading broadcaster representing a portfolio of high-quality, ground-breaking factual channels including HISTORY™, HISTORY™HD, Crime & Investigation Network® and Crime & Investigation Network® HD, BIO™ and MILITARY HISTORY®. A+E Networks UK launched in November 1995, and operates channels in 77 countries across the UK, Scandinavia, the Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and is available in more than 60 million homes and in 14 languages.

About Dimension Data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group.

About MultiChoice

MultiChoice provides compelling local and international content through the digital satellite television platform and on multiple devices to more than 4 million homes in South Africa.

The DStv service is available to different market segments. It offers various bouquets designed to meet the lifestyle and pockets of different customers, from entry level to top end products as well as niche services for the Indian and Portuguese communities. The premium service broadcast more than 80 videos, over 40 audio and over 30 radio channels 24 hours a day.

M-Net and SuperSport are part of the MultiChoice stable. They provide local and international entertainment and sport channels across various bouquets. Local channels showcase South African produced entertainment and sport content. The aim is to play a critical role in stimulating the growth and development of the South Africa television industry.

Over the years, MultiChoice South Africa has worked hard to enhance the viewing experience of its customers through the introduction of innovative products and services, using cutting edge technology. These include Dual View, Personal Video Recorder, High Definition, Mobile television and Video On Demand services.

Many homes in South Africa access the DStv service using a PVR decoder. The BoxOffice service, which allows PVR subscribers to view the latest blockbuster movies on demand, is sitting at monthly movie rentals of 400 000. The BoxOffice service is also available online to internet users.

MultiChoice's involvement in South Africa goes beyond its core business. Through its corporate social investment, the company actively participates in social transformation and through technology, enables individuals and communities to help themselves ultimately leading to growth of the economy of the country.



Sara-Lea van Eeden
Taryn Fritz Public Relations
Cell: +27 83 446 6109

Dimension Data
Hilary King
Global PR Manager
Dimension Data Holdings plc
Cell:  +27 82 414 9623

MultiChoice South Africa
Trinesha Naidoo
Media Manager
Cell: +27 82 072 7926