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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 29 March 2020

H E A L T H C H E C K > C O V I D – 1 9

The Economic Devastation of Lockdown

At home, the pain of lockdown is just beginning to set in. As the global community fights to contain the pandemic and already depressed economic activity all but grinds to a halt, Carte Blanche examines how South Africans are bracing for the impact.
Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

John Webb: “The Irish I’ve been speaking to are watching Italy closely, worried something similar will happen here. After all, it’s only a two-hour flight away. But, they’re also determined to see this thing through with a smile on their face. Pity the Irish government, though, who have had to get this nation of writers, musicians and raconteurs to stop socializing. Luckily, for the most part, the Covid-19 penny has dropped and much of this country has gone quiet.”

Preparing for the Peak

With Europe currently the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts estimate that Ireland is only likely to see infection rates peak around June and July. We meet a sports broadcaster, lawyer, tour guide and charity founder from Ireland trying to make sense of life as the Irish government clamps down on free movement and tries to enforce social distancing.

Producer and Presenter: John Webb

I N V E S T I G A T I V E > E X P O S É

Another Day, Another Rolex Robbery

In the ongoing spate of robberies targeting luxury wristwatches, exclusive video footage reveals the terrifying moment a British tourist and his wife were attacked – killing the man on the scene. We speak to his widow and investigate what drives the trade in stolen watches. How many Rolex gangs are there, and are they involved in other organised crime?

Presenter: Derek Watts | Producer: Kate Barry
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Bloemfontein Zoo

From bushbuck to impala and even buffalo, Carte Blanche investigates why animals at the Bloemfontein Zoo were neglected, some left to die, in the months after the Provincial Department of Environment closed the zoo’s doors for business. The zoo has become the latest casualty of the bankrupt Mangaung Municipality. We ask the administrators why caregivers left animals without food and water.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf | Presenter: Masa Kekana

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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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