MultiChoice Pays Tribute To Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Dedicated tribute channel to screen four-part series about this extraordinary South African’s life & legacy

MultiChoice and M-Net are celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with a special Carte Blanche pop-up channel on DStv. Called A Carte Blanche: Tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the special tribute will be available on channel 199 on all DStv packages across Sub-Saharan Africa from 5pm Sunday 26th December until the Archbishop’s burial.

“MultiChoice is deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu – an exceptional visionary and leader who spent his life in pursuit of justice and service of mankind,” says Imtiaz Patel, MultiChoice Group Non-Executive Chairman. “As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we want to pay tribute to this remarkable man, and we’ll be bringing his incredible story to life on our tribute channel.”

The tribute channel will feature a variety of historical documentaries about Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, filmed between the 1980s and now, former and recent Carte Blanche interviews with our beloved Arch, his friends and family, as well as brand-new Carte Blanche overview of his extraordinary legacy and the way his activism, morality and fearless pursuit of equality touched the world. The content has been collated by Carte Blanche into four parts, comprising different segments and inserts. 

Carte Blanche: A Tribute to Desmond Tutu is the third time MultiChoice and M-Net have broadcast a dedicated special events  channel. The first was for Princess Diana and the second was for former SA president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela.

Desmond Tutu Tribute: A Carte Blanche Special Part 1

We pay tribute to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a humanitarian who spent his life in the pursuit of justice and service of mankind.

Desmond Tutu Tribute: A Carte Blanche Special Part 2

A poignant look at the days of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the man dubbed as ‘the moral conscience of the rainbow nation’.

Desmond Tutu Tribute: A Carte Blanche Special Part 3

In this special, Carte Blanche pays a moving tribute to Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Desmond Tutu Tribute: A Carte Blanche Special Part 4

Carte Blanche pays a moving tribute to the legendary figure who helped shape a nation, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

For the full schedule, subscribers are advised to visit the Electronic Progamming Guide (EPG) on their decoder as well as on the DStv website ( In addition, more detail on each segment is available, go to the Carte Blanche web page:

DStv customers will also be able to stream the channel and the content of the channel will be available on DStv Catch-Up. 

“We will forever treasure his legacy and immense contribution to bringing about healing to our rainbow nation and honour his passion for liberation, equality, peace and progress. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his millions of friends around the world. Arch, we will miss your loving, kind soul and inimitable sense of humour,” said Patel.

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Part 1

· Segment 1: “This is what we can do for Justice and Peace”

A documentary on the perspectives of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Rev Peter Storey and the role of the South African Council of Churches in the fight against apartheid in South Africa during the 1980s.

· Segment 2: Father, leader and anti-apartheid icon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has lived a life steeped in meaning, love and wisdom. A poignant look at why he has been dubbed “the moral conscience of the rainbow nation”.

· Segment 3: “Carte Blanche celebrates Tutu’s 75th birthday”

Spiritual leader. Political Activist. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Priest. Peacemaker. Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s life story is about beating the odds. This man of the cloth has struggled against apartheid and cancer and played a fundamental role in reconciliation for all. Meet South Africa’s foremost rabble-rouser interviewed just after his 75th birthday.

Part 2

· Segment 1: “God be for us”

A look at the operation of the South African Council of Churches, the plight of displaced families, political prisoners, detainees and those banned and banished to the desolate Bantustans during Apartheid.

· Segment 2: “kykNET vir Tannie”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu wishes Evita Bezuidenhout warm wishes on her birthday and describes her as a light during the darkness of apartheid and the most famous white woman on the African continent.

· Segment 3: “Carte Banche Frank Chikane interview”

Rev Frank Chikane reflects on the influence of the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on South Africa’s liberation struggle and the impact he had in bringing about healing during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.

· Segment 4: “Carte Blanche: Tutu – A conversation

Archbishop Desmond Tutu played a fundamental role in healing and reconciliation through the TRC process. In a candid and intimate interview with Ruda Landman, conducted while the TRC was still underway, he speaks about witness testimonies that moved him to tears, the conversations with God that helped him through the process and also reflects on his prostate cancer diagnosis.

· Segment 5: “Carte Blanche – Truth Commission”

The Truth Commission was proposed to bring justice to the families of victims who were killed, maimed or who had disappeared during the brutal apartheid years. The secrecy clause in the draft bill of rights allows for the hearings to be held in camera. That meant the Commission only had to release minimal information regarding the victims, the crimes committed and whether amnesty had been granted or not. This has outraged everyone concerned with the pursuit of justice -including Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

· Segment 6: “Carte Blanche – Lavinia Crawford-Browne Interview”

The former personal assistant to Archbishop Tutu speaks candidly about the 22 years she spent at his side and shares her personal insight into his contributions to South Africa and the world.

Part 3

· Segment 1: “This crazy thing called grace”

The crazy world of Desmond Tutu through his own eyes. Clown or Saint, this Nobel Peace Prize winner has earned worldwide applause. The film pays tribute to the Archbishop and takes a fly-on-the-wall approach to his daily duties, his meditative moments at home and his personal attempts to come to terms with the atrocities unearthed by the Truth Commission

· Segment 2: “Carte Blanche: Trevor Tutu Interview”

The eldest child and only son of the Archbishop reminisces about his father, the Arch’s great love for rugby and his hopes for the country he so dearly loved – South Africa

· Segment 3: “Carte Blanche: Tutu’s 80th birthday”

Carte Blanche extended warm wishes to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on the occasion of his 80th birthday and reflects on eight poignant decades spent in the pursuit of justice and service of mankind.

· Segment 4:” Carte Blanche: Canon Dean Rowan Smith Interview”

Canon Rowan Smith, former dean of the St George’s Anglican Church reflects on the support he received from Tutu during a trying time of his life.

· Segment 5: “Miracle Rising”

As the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu looks back on South Africa’s struggle for liberation, he recounts the horrors of living under Apartheid and the heroes of yesteryear who miraculously brought about a democratic South Africa.

Part 4

Carte Blanche pays a moving tribute to the legendary figure who helped shape a nation, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a special, recently produced overview of the achievements and challenges faced by Archbishop Desmond Tutu throughout his extraordinary life.

By Andrew Germishuys

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