Spirit of survival triumphs over near-death encounters in Docu-reality

07 July 2017
Cishe Ngafa tells the stories of survivors who escaped the clutches of death.

For many people, the idea of death is frightening, but what happens when the harsh reality comes knocking on your door, calling out your name? Cishe Ngafa is a new docu-reality premiering on Thursday, 13 July at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161). The series tells the stories of survivors who escaped the clutches of death. These stories should have been obituaries, but because of their resilience, good luck and a will to survive, these people emerged triumphant and lived to tell the tale.

“Cishe Ngafa celebrates the strength of the human spirit over traumatic circumstances. In a country where crime is rife, road accidents prevalent and lifestyle medical conditions are on the rise, more than enough people find themselves staring down death in a terrifying stand-off,” says Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

The stories are told through interviews, dramatic re-enactments and archival material, and will send a chill down anybody’s spine. The true-life narratives reveal how the incidents unfolded, taking the viewers through the horrifying sequence of events, to how they survived to live another day. Some of the stories recount human trafficking, road accidents, domestic violence, a mining accident and a fire disaster, among others.

Series producer Nonhlanhla Dlamini says the tenacity of the human spirit was the driving force behind the creation of Cishe Ngafa. “These stories are about hope, regardless of circumstances and how much you’ve been gutted. Almost everyone we spoke to said they hung on because of hope and a will to live. They had children to raise and dreams they needed to realise, and these are the kind of thoughts we cling to when faced with horrific situations,” says Dlamini.

Ultimately, Cishe Ngafa tells authentic near-death encounter stories that will leave the viewer sustained by the human spirit’s will to survive.

Cishe Ngafa premieres on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) on Thursday, 13 July, at 20h00.