Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 3 June 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 3 June 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00
Please note: this an extended 90-minute broadcast


Gupta Assets

The National Prosecuting Authority was dealt a heavy blow in its State capture case against the Guptas, when the Free State High Court set aside the R250-million preservation order.  The court found that there were shortcomings in the NPA’s case and no reasonable prospects of success in the prosecution.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researchers:  Tony Beamish and Laura Byrne

Ogies Standoff

Structural damage, untimely blasting and black dust – coal mining is encroaching ever closer to homes in Ogies in Mpumalanga and pleas for intervention seem to be falling on deaf ears. In a desperate attempt to put an end to the coal mine blasting, fed-up residents with damaged homes and poor health, take on major mining companies. Carte Blanche returns to Ogies to investigate how the lives of those affected have deteriorated rapidly.

Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Medical Innovations

A researcher at the University of Stellenbosch with a special interest in blood and red blood cells has revealed several remarkable patents.  The series of innovative medical breakthroughs includes a bio sensor for the early detection of cancer and remarkable new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Type 2 Diabetes.  Carte Blanche explores this cutting edge research.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Making Peace in Angola

Decades after the devastating Angolan border war, nearly 100 veterans of the South African defence force undertake an emotional journey to battle sites that still haunt them, to extend a hand of reconciliation and friendship to former enemies. Defying expectations, Angolan citizens greet them with open arms.

Producer: Efpe Senekal
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Crisis in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea has become a graveyard for thousands of Eritrean migrants fleeing Libya. These waters are notorious for being the deadliest migration route in the world. Despite the crisis, fewer NGOs are aiding refugees fleeing to Europe, so the number of bodies found floating at sea has increased.  Now, Sea-Watch’s humanitarian mission is being challenged by the heavily subsidised Libyan coastguard, which seeks to transport escaped migrants back to Libya – where they may face torture or slavery upon their return.

Producer: Journeyman Pictures

Hook to Cook

A series of smartphone apps are disrupting traditional supply chain systems and changing the lives of artisanal fishermen.  By enabling them to sell fish to restaurants without the middleman, these apps are putting money directly into the pockets of subsistence fishermen.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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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.

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