Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 17 September 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 17 September 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00



Cable Theft – A City in Darkness

It’s been days since parts of the Johannesburg inner city, were plunged into darkness after a cable theft syndicate struck, making off with 6 kilometres of copper cables from underground tunnels. The electricity power outages put a grinding halt to businesses and left thousands of residents fed up.  It’s estimated that damages will amount to around R240 million, but it’s small enterprises and big corporates that will really feel the losses. What’s the real cost to Johannesburg’s struggling economy?

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude

Bird Flu Strikes Again

Poultry Farms look like toxic waste sites; workers wear safety gear and have to go through several decontamination chambers before entering and leaving the farms. Bird flu strain H5N8 has struck and it’s the most deadly bird flu virus to hit the commercial poultry industry. For smaller players like duck farmer Leon Groeneveld, this outbreak has been crippling. Carte Blanche asks: what does the future hold for the already embattled poultry industry?

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Derek Watts
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The Children’s Flight

For many people catching a flight to Cape Town or Durban, is an everyday experience but for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Volunteer pilots from around the country are participating in an extraordinary initiative to take hundreds of children on their first flight and inspire a generation of youngsters to reach for greater heights.  Carte Blanche joins the Children’s Flight.

Producer: Ben Dwork
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Researcher: Laura Byrne
Watch the trailer

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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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