Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 29 November 2020

Gone in 60 Seconds: Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 29 November 2020 at 19:00, only on M-Net

I N V E S T I G A T I O N S  

Gone in 60 Seconds: The Latest High-tech Car Con

No threats, no guns, no violence – but your car is gone in the blink of an eye. It’s the 2020 incarnation of a sophisticated con that gets you to part with the keys to your high-end luxury vehicle – with a smile. A scam so slick that it’s left victims baffled after they willingly parted with their cars to complete strangers. Carte Blanche investigates.  

Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Vultures: Killings in the Kruger

Known as the “clean-up crew”, vultures are some of the most important animals in the wild. But across the Kruger National Park, hundreds of these scavengers have been found dead and the weapon of choice is poison. Already endangered, some experts believe that these birds of prey may be targeted for their body parts to be sold in muthi markets. But poison is indiscriminate and along with vultures, some lions and leopards have also been killed. Carte Blanche seeks answers.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein | Presenter: Derek Watts

The Illegal Trade of Human Organs

It’s said that there’s almost nothing you can’t buy on the black market. In the streets of Cairo in Egypt, where poverty is rife, there’s another more terrifying industry – the sale of human body parts. Around the world, there’s a serious shortage of transplant organs. But here in this ancient city, hundreds of African migrants and refugees who pass through Egypt on the way to Europe, become fodder in this dangerous underworld where organs are harvested from the poor. Desperate patients with deep pockets – often in need of a kidney – line up and pay big bucks for an illegal organ. In this special investigation, a team of journalists go into the heart of the human organ trade.

Producer: BBC Panaroma

C E L E B R A T I O N S

Rugby Legend Frik du Preez – Happy 85th Birthday!

He dropped, he placed, he scored! Legendary rugby player Frik du Preez could break open a game and score out of nowhere. Few, it’s been said, would ever match his all-round prowess as a forward and a back rolled into one. As COVID-19’s social distancing rules ruined any chances of a big party, Carte Blanche got in on the surprise – a special celebration, with warm tributes as fellow sport legends shared well wishes and the stories that turned him into a rugby giant.

Producers: Stenette Grosskopf, Hendrik Hancke & Niel van Deventer | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Above the Clouds

When Tim Slab took on the highest highline in South Africa, it was quite literally a mountain to climb. Nestled between two peaks in the Drakensberg and at 3200 metres above sea level, the adrenaline enthusiast leapt at the opportunity to accomplish a feat very few will ever even attempt – to walk above the clouds. It was an adventure he simply couldn’t pass up. But when the rain, mist and 65 km/h winds set in, he almost had to abandon his mission. 

Producer: Tarryn Crossman | 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. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/