One-off Madiba documentary replaces My Kitchen Rules SA on Sunday at 18:00.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela would have turned 100 on Wednesday 18 July, and to celebrate his life, M-Net will screen Carte Blanche Special: Mandela’s Letters on Sunday in the 18:00 time slot usually reserved for My Kitchen Rules SA

It is a prelude to the DStv Mandela 100 Tribute Channel, and will be followed at 19:00 by the weekly edition of Carte Blanche.

My Kitchen Rules SA will return to the 18:00 time slot on Sunday 22 July.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African National Archives have been collecting and assembling letters he 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.

Says Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Publicity: “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.”

DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Channel will be available to all DStv customers across Africa, on channel 199.