Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 4 December 2016

carteblancheComing up on Carte Blanche‎ on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 4 December 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Fidel Castro

The long life of controversial Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended last week when he died aged 90. Castro’s longstanding support for Africa’s liberation movements made him a hero in the eyes of many here at home. As President Zuma travels to Cuba to attend Castro’s funeral, Carte Blanche asks—how has our friendship with Cuba’s radical leader shaped post-apartheid South Africa and how will his death impact our foreign policies in Latin America?

Producer: Johann Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Epigenetic Autism Cure

Autism is a disorder that causes suffering for millions of people, young and old. But in a promising breakthrough, scientists have found that this disorder is linked to the inadequate expression of a gene called Shank3. Carte Blanche meets the remarkable minds behind the astonishing medical technology capable of switching the gene back on and reversing the symptoms of this condition. Could a cure be imminent?

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Zuma Lifeline

A party at war with itself? President Zuma’s leadership was this week, for the first time, openly challenged from within the ANC. In an unprecedented move, members of the ANC’s National Executive Committee debated a motion of no confidence, supported by party heavyweights. Carte Blanche asks: though the motion ultimately failed, what will the impact of this body blow to President Jacob Zuma be?

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
Researcher: Chwayitisa Futshane

Mile High Comfort

Should our total weight – passenger and luggage – be taken into account at check-in when we board a flight? Recently, a disgruntled passenger sued an airline for a very uncomfortable nine-hour flight alongside an obese passenger. Carte Blanche asks: How should airlines cater for the needs of very large passengers?

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Mad Swimmers take on the Dead Sea

They’re not called mad swimmers for nothing. In 2015 they set a world record by swimming in the highest and coldest water in the world—in the Andes at 5909 metres above sea level, in hypothermic conditions. Now the team of swimmers have taken on their maddest and most dangerous swim for charity yet—17km across the Dead Sea where extreme salt content makes a gruelling swim, near impossible. Carte Blanche witnesses history in the making as so-called Madswimmers from Israel, New Zealand, Jordan, Palestine and South Africa brave the lowest lying body of water on earth.
Producer: Diana Lucas

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By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb: