Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 20 May 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 20 May 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00



Holy Wars

Never before in South Africa’s history has there been an act of such violence in a place of worship, as the attack on the Shia Imam Hussain Mosque in Verulam, Durban.

What could have motivated three suspects, posing as worshippers, to brutally assault three people – one of whom has succumbed to his stab wounds? The suspects then burned down a library with a collection of Holy Books. Police found a spray paint can, pair of glasses and an explosive device under the Imam’s chair. Has ISIS extremism reached our shores or are there local forces fuelling the hatred?

Producer: Jacqui Jayamaha
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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Voice Bank

The ability to speak is something many of us take for granted, but for those who have had strokes, accidents, throat cancer or been diagnosed with motor neuron disease, voice loss can be a devastating reality.  Robotic machines such as the one used by Stephen Hawking have helped the voiceless communicate, but they sound impersonal and generic.  Now researchers are creating unique, personalised voices for those who can’t speak for themselves.

Producer: Laura Byrne
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Church or Cult?

As one member after another leaves a Pretoria-based church group, questions emerge about their brand of Christianity that dismisses the Holy Trinity and allegedly subjects adherents to indoctrination and coercion. Fashioned around the personality of their leader, a self-proclaimed reincarnation of King David and the new Christ on earth, former members say this is a cult that has split apart families and isolated their members from society for the church’s financial gain.

Producer: Graham Coetzee
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

The Youngest Aquaponics Farmer

Combining aquaculture and hydroponic farming methods, aquaponics farming is breaking new ground in agriculture.  It is a difficult and complex undertaking for even the most experienced farmers, but 16-year-old scholar, Rikalize Reinecke still manages to operate one of the largest aquaponics farms in the country.  Carte Blanche meets this extraordinary entrepreneur.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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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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