My History Moments
My History Moments is a poignant short-form series, brought to you by the HISTORY® Channel Africa (DStv 186). Watch as notable South Africans share pivotal moments from their lives that have historical significance and profound personal meaning.
Footprints of Civilization
Starts 2 December
In our technologically advanced modern age, it’s easy to forget the enormous debt we owe the ancient world. The concept of democracy was developed by the Ancient Greeks, everything we know about space began with the Babylonians, and the roots of the binary system that drives today’s computers can be found in Ancient Egypt.
Beyond Skinwalker Ranch
Starts 22 December
Skinwalker Ranch is now widely considered to be ground zero for UAP (or UFO) activity and high strangeness. Since 2020, Dr. Travis Taylor along with Erik Bard, and their investigative team, have been working around the clock to collect, analyse and decode as much data as possible associated with the phenomenon occurring at the site. In an effort to gain a broader perspective and build larger data sets, the Skinwalker team is adding two team members and taking the offensive by pursuing evidence of similar phenomena found at analogous sites around the US.
Empire Builders S2
Starts 24 December
Empire Builders is an epic series that brings to life some of the ‘Great Empires’. Each episode visits the most significant sites that have defined their achievements and legacy; 100 historic sites in all, discovering how they were built, for what purpose and what they reveal about each empire’s rise and fall.
Starts 26 December
Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra were three of the most iconic, powerful and brilliant leaders in ancient history. Their lives and legacies still shape our world today. Their names are well known, but their stories have never been told like this before.
The Curse of Skinwalker Ranch S3
The research team returns for their third year to investigate the high strangeness of Skinwalker Ranch, an area in Utah in the USA which is reputed to be the site of paranormal activities. In this brand new season they find new evidence of a mysterious anomaly in the sky one mile above the ‘Triangle Area’ that may be connected to something deep within the Mesa.
Why Does Everyone Hate The British Empire?
In this ground-breaking four-part series Al Murray takes us on an insightful trip through some of the toughest parts of British Imperial History, including a road trip across South Africa accompanied by local comedian Loyiso Gola. In the first episode Loyiso hosts Al in South Africa, exposing brutal truths, modern day legacies and global impact of some of Britain’s greatest colonial conquests. Other countries that are featured include the Caribbean, Australia and India.
Where to watch
The HISTORY® Channel Africa, a division of A+E Networks Africa, is a premiere channel for historical storytelling. The channel’s slate of original international programming features some of the biggest Hollywood stars. This includes the documentary series such as Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman, Greatest Heists with Pierce Brosnan, History’s Greatest Mysteries narrated by Laurence Fishburne and The UnXplained hosted by fan-favourite William Shatner.
The HISTORY® Channel Africa has also worked with local big names to share African stories that matter. Seasoned journalist John Robbie was the host of two local documentary shows Great African Mysteries and Great African Escapes. Other well-known South Africans that have worked with the channel include human rights lawyer George Bizos and football legend Lucas Radebe – who was the face of the History of Football pop-up channel on DStv. In the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World cup, the HISTORY Channel Africa launched a dedicated 24/7 14-day pop-up channel, History of Football. Then, in marking 100 years since the end of WWII, the channel also staged another dedicated pop-up channel on DStv, 100 Years of War.
The channel increasingly has a local voice through the inclusion of top-quality local content – in the form of both documentaries and short-form pieces. The HISTORY® Channel Africa documentary special Your People My People took four South Africans on a quest to trace their ancestry and was nominated for a South African Film and Television Award. Another local documentary, The History of Football in Africa, explored the origins of the beautiful game on the African continent. In 2023, the channel produced two documentaries aimed at recognising and recording South African stories of historical significance. Great African Mysteries with John Robbie explored three of the biggest mysteries in South Africa, while Great African Escapes with John Robbie investigated some of the most daring escapes in local history.
Also in 2023, the channel also produced My History Moments, a poignant short-form series, in which notable South Africans shared pivotal moments from their lives that have historical significance. Some of the well-known South Africans who shared their moments with the channel - from groundbreaking events to personal triumphs - included global business speaker Vusi Thembekwayo, economist Dawie Roodt, broadcasters, David O’ Sullivan and Malcom Gooding, singer and songwriter, Yvonne Chaka Chaka as well as artist and poet Professor Pitika Ntuli.
You can find the HISTORY® Channel Africa on DStv 186, on YouTube and on social media.