12 February 2013

South Africa: Mandela Granddaughters Star In Reality TV Show

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Swati Dlamini and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway

Former South Africa's president Nelson Mandela's granddaughters are set to star in a reality television programme called Being Mandela. The two ladies Swati Dlamini and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway already have their grandfather's blessing to shoot the reality show.

The 13-episode series, already filmed, follows the two women as they try to promote the family's legacy while juggling motherhood in Johannesburg. In interviews this week, they said their 94-year-old grandfather was doing well following his recent health scare.

Their grandmother is Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who also makes an appearance in the show.They make an emotional visit to the prison on Robben Island where their grandfather spent 18 of his 27 years imprisoned by the apartheid regime, NBCUniversal, the American corporate owner of the show's broadcaster, said in a statement.

They are also seen, along with their two brothers,launching a fashion line called Long Walk to Freedom. That is the title of their grandfather's autobiography. The two women, who spent much of their childhood in exile in the US, insist the programme will not damage the Mandela name.

"We get asked this question a lot. Is this not going to tarnish the name and is this not going to be bad for the name?" Swati said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Mr Mandela served as South Africa's first black president from 1994 to 1999 and is regarded by many as the father of the nation. His health has been a cause of concern for many years.Being Mandela is to be broadcast to US audiences from Sunday by COZI TV, a network launched by NBC Owned Television Studios.

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