The Hidden Cost of Food
An estimated 14 million South Africans go to bed hungry every evening. With the economy already on shaky ground, compounded by a downgrade to junk status, food prices are rapidly rising and more consumers are set to feel the pinch. Carte Blanche asks: are these price increases justified and how will South Africans feed their families in the near future?
Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
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Transgender children face major barriers when trying to navigate the school system, such as accessing bathrooms, wearing gender-specific school uniforms and being accepted onto school teams. These teens find it harder to adjust to an educational structure which isn’t designed to accept their gender identities. Carte Blanche asks whether schools are fully prepared to receive transgender children.
Producer: Tarryn Crossman
Presenter: John Webb
Chrome Zama Zamas
While mining companies slug it out in court over mineral rights, illegal miners are scraping the mountainside bare in Limpopo making off with millions of rands worth of chrome every day. Far from ordinary illegal miners with picks and shovels, the large scale, sophisticated mining of chrome is booming. But is the state doing enough to protect our natural resources? Carte Blanche investigates.
Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude
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Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm
Imagine being in an accident that renders you quadriplegic and unable to feel any sensation in your arms and fingers. Now imagine regaining that sensation, a decade later, through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to your brain. Carte Blanche meets the researchers who’ve developed a remarkable robotic arm that’s not only controlled by the mind, but also allows the operator to actually feel what they are touching.
Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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