September is our Heritage Month in one of the harshest years that South Africa and the world has ever faced. But if there’s one message that has come through to us during lockdown, it’s that we are stronger together.
And heading into October, the highly-anticipated documentary series Chasing The Sun will keep that flag flying as it explores what it is within us as South Africans that allows us to not only survive the worst, but to do our best.
It starts with Siya Kolisi, the first black captain of the Springbok rugby team, lifting the William Webb Ellis Cup at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
From defeat to glory
DStv Premium viewers will crush those Sunday blues when Chasing the Sun, a collaboration between MultiChoice Group’s M-Net and SuperSport, premieres on 4 October. The five-part documentary series tells the story of the South African rugby team and their journey from dejection and underperforming, to becoming champions of the world at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. And you don’t have to have watched a minute of rugby - or even care about sports - to take that in and make it your own.
Throughout its 5 40-minute episodes, Chasing The Sun gives viewers unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes footage of the Springboks in their preparation for the World Cup – from matches, locker-room discussions, practices, and exclusive fresh insights from the coaching staff, players and commentators.
The title of the show is taken from a quote by former president Nelson Mandela. As the last century ended and Nelson Mandela was leaving public office, his 1999 farewell speech to Parliament closed with his dream that “all our children may play in the sun” – 21 years later, a team made up of those varied children, chased and found that sun, in Japan.