Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 25 August 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 25 August 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Solving Cold Cases with Genetic Genealogy

In 1987, a young Canadian couple was brutally murdered in the USA. For 31 years, the case remained unsolved while the murderer walked free. That was until a chance DNA connection to his cousins, led a team of investigators using a new crime solving technique called genetic genealogy, right to the killers’ door. Carte Blanche uncovers how international detectives are now solving cold case crimes.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Derek Watts

Fake Gluten-Free Labels – Innocent Mistake or Food Fraud?

Does eating bread made from wheat, rye and barley give you cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and even headaches? While there’s little scientific consensus on the prevalence of gluten sensitivity, South Africa has joined the global trend to go gluten-free, with consumers willing to pay a premium for gluten-free goods. But for someone with coeliac disease, less than half a teaspoon of wheat could potentially be enough to cause serious illness. Carte Blanche takes to the laboratory to investigate the consequences when bakers commit gluten fraud, falsely labelling bread as gluten-free, when it isn’t.

Producer: Lightning Tree Stories
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Duzi River Disaster

In a river long plagued by pollution that threatens the largest canoe marathon in Africa, a toxic spill of 1,6 million litres of corrosive sludge into the iconic Msunduzi is the worst disaster in three decades. We travel to the Willowton Plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal where edible oils are manufactured and a storage tank filled with cooking oil crumbled, taking down with it a second container filled with caustic soda. Despite the efforts of hundreds of clean-up volunteers, the milky sludge has flowed nearly 70 km into the Inanda dam outside Durban, suffocating fish and rendering the water unusable for the communities who depend on it. eThekwini Municipality has issued a health warning. Carte Blanche asks what it will take for the river to recover.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf
Presenter: Derek Watts

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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.

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.

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