Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 22 July 2018

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 22 July 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00



Komani’s Municipal Meltdown

No water or electricity, millions of rands of debt and auctioning off its municipal assets, Komani’s Enoch Mgijima municipality is in crisis and unable to provide basic services. Despite selling off a fire engine, road graders and garbage collection trucks, the municipality still owes millions. Residents are fed up, demanding that their troubled town is placed under administration. Carte Blanche tracks this developing story.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Derek Watts
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The Hands-free Hectare

Driven by the need to improve harvests and farm more precisely and efficiently, British scientists are the first to test if in this modern age, hands-free farming is actually possible. Carte Blanche reports from the United Kingdom where an entire crop has been produced without any human intervention in the field and with robots and autonomous vehicles doing all the work.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: John Webb

One-on-one with President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who rose to power in a military coup, is in the hot seat. Free and fair elections could restore the political legitimacy of a government still isolated by the international community and suffering under the yoke of sanctions. Ahead of a much contested general election at the end of this month, Carte Blanche follows Mnangagwa on his campaign trail to Chinoyi, northern Zimbabwe, where he’s made bold promises to rebuild his country.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Siniketiwe Hlanze


What’s a sexy nude photo between new friends? Well, sending explicit images of yourself to a stranger could cost you thousands of rands and serious reputational damage. Sextortion is the latest method that cunning criminals posing as potential intimate suitors use to extract money from hapless victims. It’s a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images willingly shared by the victim are used to extort money from them.  Across South Africa, the numbers of incidents of sextortion have increased exponentially. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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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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