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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 11 October 2020

A Game of Russian Roulette: Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 11 October 2020 at 19:00, only on M-Net

I N V E S T I G A T I O N S
Derek Watts: “While the President and the Hawks promise to swoop into action to bring the corrupt to book, we find that much of the state money that has gone astray was meant to give disadvantaged would-be commercial farmers in the Free State a hand up. This story exposes what a massive hurdle lies ahead for our top cops and legal system.”

The Great Free State Chicken Fiasco

What does a former Springbok player have to do with a farm full of chickens? Well, when Ollie le Roux sold his successful poultry farm with sixteen broiler houses and a lucrative 10-year commercial contract already in place to supply chickens, he never thought that one day he would lament the state of the farm. Sold as an empowerment project for a healthy sum, Free State Land Reform purchased the farm lock, stock and barrel as a going business. But eight years later, that business has come to a grinding halt and the broiler houses are in tatters. Carte Blanche investigates how beneficiaries are chosen in the province, and why the province has failed to monitor one of its own flagship projects.

Producer: Joy Summers | Presenter: Derek Watts
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The Borderless War

Frontier life in parts of the Eastern Free State, where South Africa’s 900km border with Lesotho exists in all but name, has become a daily game of Russian Roulette. In places, dilapidated fences and broken-down farm gates are all that separate the residents of farms and towns on the border from growing insecurity and incalculable losses. With lacklustre law enforcement, farming communities are isolated and increasingly left to fend for themselves as stock thieves and criminals ride roughshod over private properties. Carte Blanche investigates what it means to be able to cross a border line with no passport controls or customs checks.

Producers: Hendrik Hancke & Niel van Deventer | Presenter: Derek Watts
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J U S T I C E A N D T H E L A W
Masa Kekana: “The recent arrests linked to state capture and corruption have been welcomed, because for too long it appeared there were no repercussions for those involved. The timing has been questioned and there is still a lot of public mistrust in our justice system, but could the tide be turning?”

Justice Better Late Than Never

It’s been a moment that a crime-fatigued nation has long been holding its breath for – high noon for the alleged masterminds of fraud and grand corruption as the Hawks’ fight against graft and state capture kicks into top gear. The flurry of arrests in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Free State of those suspected of pulling the strings, as laid bare in evidence before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, provides hope that the wheels of justice, although slow, are finally turning. Carte Blanche investigates what it has taken for some of those involved in the fight to see this moment.

Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Masa Kekana | Research: Sinethemba Nogude
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A N A C T O F K I N D N E S S

Hands of Honour

After living on the streets for over ten years and battling a drug problem, Paul Tilliard’s life was hopeless. He’d lost a job he loved as a firefighter and he was struggling to get back on his feet. Then an act of kindness from a stranger changed the trajectory of his life. Now Tilliard has become a successful social entrepreneur, running an award winning social enterprise.

Producer: Michael Duffet | 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.

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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