DStv brings Easter to your home


DStv will launch an enriching Easter weekend channel on 9 April.

In response to a rallying call from the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies to assist the religious sector, DStv has decided to launch a new, pop up channel catering for various Christianity groupings that is set to launch on 9 April 2020 with rich content aimed at viewers who are home over the Easter weekend.

The channel, named African Easter Channel (DStv 344), is in collaboration with the renowned TBN Africa (DStv 343). Across South Africa, over 80% worshippers observe and celebrate the Easter period, hence different and various Christian denominations be will be looked after by the channel.

Minister Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams made the call for MultiChoice Group to setup a dedicated pop-up channel for various religious groups in the country during this Easter Weekend.

The current restrictions due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, will see South Africans staying at home during the Easter Weekend. Accordingly, African Easter Channel’s offering of music and sermons is bound to keep DStv viewers engaged and fulfilled during the four days of the channel going live. The channel will broadcast until Easter Monday, 13 April.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 23 March 2020 announced various measures to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, welcomingly, the religious sector have heeded the call by the President. The channel further enhances the positive response received from the religious sector.

Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice Group CEO, said: “We are happy to have immediately responded to the minister’s call to assist millions of South African worshippers who regard Easter as a pivotal period of worship. As a responsible broadcaster, we are more than happy to partner with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies as we afford worshippers to observe Easter from the comfort of their homes.”

Popular gospel artists such as Lebo Sekgobela, Dr. Tumi, Hillsong, William McDowell and Rebecca Malope will feature prominently in the channel. The channel’s schedule will also include churches such as Methodist, Anglican and Catholic. In adhering to the national lockdown requirements, the recorded messages submitted by the churches will be broadcast on the channel.

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies welcomed this intervention and said: “Communications and digital technologies will play an important role during this disaster period and beyond. We therefore appreciate MultiChoice’s response to our call for an industry-wide intervention to ensure that religious programming, especially over the Easter weekend, is produced and accessible to millions of South Africans utilising alternative means.”

Lucky Mbiko, Managing Director of TBN Africa said: “We have responded to this call by partnering with churches, and some of the biggest gospel artists to bring you the best Easter worship experience to as many viewers as possible. Join us on the African Easter Channel (DStv 344) for four days during the Easter Weekend.”

What to watch on the African Easter channel

Even more entertainment to enjoy over Easter weekend

Proving God

For centuries the existence of God, faith and science has been on the lips of people the world over, with these questions often leading to death, destruction and war. But in a collaboration that is usually seen as an unlikely alliance, religion and science have now joined forces in this documentary to answer the burning question ‘Does God exist?’. Proving God follows brand-new scientific discoveries and looks at how digital technology can reveal if there is tangible proof that God exists. From the far reaches of the cosmos, to the inner workings of human minds, new frontiers are explored in this ultimate quest. 
Sunday 12 April on HISTORY (186) at 18:25 

Jesus: His Life

This four-part docudrama that offers viewers a glimpse into Jesus’ life, as seen through the eyes of those who knew him best – the people in his life. A skillful balance of scripted dramatisation combined with input from a diverse panel of religious experts and leaders ensures that His Life is a powerful retelling of “The Greatest Story Ever Told”. 
Watch it on HISTORY (186).

Holy Grail

In 1898, a Minnesota farmer clearing trees from his field uprooted a large stone covered with mysterious runes. Now known as the Kensington Rune Stone, it details a journey of land acquisition and murder in the year 1362. Thought by some to be a hoax, new evidence suggests it could be real, and a clue that the Knights Templar discovered America 100 years before Columbus, perhaps bringing with them history’s greatest treasure...The Holy Grail. 
Sunday 12 April on HISTORY (186) at 18:25 

Animania

Weekends are made for fun, and Animania is just the ticket for kids with cabin fever! It’s a great block of kiddies’ animated movies that kicked off last week on M-Net Movies Smile (DStv 105). And here’s the best news: as of 4 April, Animania will also be available to DStv Compact and Access subscribers on the M-Net Movies All Stars and M-Net Movies Zone channels. 
Find out more>>

Masters Week

The Masters may’ve been suspended, but Masters Week remains on Supersport 5 (DStv 205). All weekend long, Supersport 5 (DStv 205) will help golf fans revisit the great moments, mythology and classic contests from Masters past. 
View the schedule>>

Big Easter Prankathon


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