Similar to the format of many other reality-television shows, Being Mandela is presented by Cozi TV as a 30-minute program that follows the trials and tribulations of family as they go about their lives. In a brief snippet the channel says the program will follow “the next generation of this unique South African family,” giving the audience “a window into their daily lives.”
NBC’s Cozi TV network that focuses on the lives of Mandela’s two 30-something granddaughters, Swati Dlamini and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway.
Their 94-year-old grandfather, who was recently hospitalized for a lung infection, makes no appearances in the show, although he’s mentioned throughout. The clothing line that the two sisters launched with their brother is named after his autobiography, A Long Walk to Freedom.
The producers of Being Mandela claim that unlike many other reality-TV dramas, no part of the series is scripted. “They were very vocal about what they like and don’t like about reality TV,” says executive producer Jonathan Zager. “Some of American reality TV goes too far and people are cast to behave in a certain way. This show isn’t that.”
Here are the girls talking about the show:
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