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Mandela granddaughters to star in reality TV show

  • Nelson Mandela's granddaughters are to star in a reality television show called Being Mandela.

    Speaking to journalists on Friday, Swati Dlamini and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway said they had the former South African president's blessing.

    Dlamini and Dlamini-Manaway are the daughters of Zenani Mandela and Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini of Swaziland. Their grandmother is Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

    The 13-episode series, which has already been filmed, follows the lives of the two women in Johannesburg.

    The series also sees them make an emotional visit to the prison on Robben Island where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years imprisoned by the apartheid regime, NBCUniversal, the American corporate owner of the show's broadcaster, said in a statement.

    When asked about the health of their 94-year-old grandfather, they said he was "happy and healthy" following a recent health scare.

    Mandela, who served as South Africa's first black president from 1994 to 1999, spent nearly three weeks in hospital in December due to a lung infection and gallstones.

    The health of the Nobel Peace Prize winner has been a concern for many years.

    He has been admitted to hospital three times in the past two years.

    Mandela retired from public life in 2004 and is now rarely seen in public.

    Being Mandela will be broadcast to American audiences from Sunday on COZI TV, a network launched by NBC.

    Nelson Mandela served as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. Visit

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