Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 26 March 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 26 March 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Due to the high age-restriction of Bad Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, this week’s blockbuster premiere on M-Net 101, Carte Blanche will thus be on air from 19:00 until 20:30.

90-minute extended broadcast

Battle To Breathe

An epic battle is set to play out in courtrooms as frustrated Midrand residents take on a waste dump in the area. Claiming a range of health problems as a result of air pollution, possibly from landfill gases, communities used app technology and social media to record their complaints and compel authorities to take action. The landfill’s owners are not taking it lying down. Carte Blanche examines the issues.

Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Bergh
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Medical malpractice insurance

Obstetrics is in crisis in South Africa, with doctors paying close to a million rands for Medical malpractice insurance. It’s estimated that, by 2020, there may not be enough obstetricians in private practice because expensive medical indemnity insurance is driving them away from the profession, leaving patients in the hands of an already overburdened state healthcare system. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: John Webb

Mars One

It’s the trip of a lifetime… a one way ticket to Mars, and three South Africans have been shortlisted to join the colony. Mars One is one of the space missions aiming to establish a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet. Several unmanned missions will be completed, establishing a habitable settlement before carefully selected and trained crews finally depart for Mars. Carte Blanche explores this extraordinary mission.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: John Webb
Watch the trailer

Live Long Die Young

The secret to longevity lies in our DNA. It differs vastly between individuals and various species, but is it possible to reverse ageing? By uncovering the genetic secrets of humans and animals that live exceptionally long lives, scientists are finding new ways to wind back our cellular clocks, extend our lifespan and even our fertility. Soon, it seems, we’ll be able to live long but still die young.

Producer: ABC Catalyst

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Published 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: And IMDb:

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