Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 13 December 2020

Sunday 13 December 2020 at 19:00, only on M-Net

I N V E S T I G A T I O N S  

Claire Mawisa: “For the last ten years, a mother has been convinced that the death of her daughter happened under very suspicious circumstances. But, after repeated enquiries, the police ruled it an accident. Now, she has found someone who believes in her theory. Will she get answers to the mystery behind the decade-old tragedy?”

Waiting to Exhale: Inquest into the death of Suraya Deedat

In 2011, Suraya Deedat and her four young children were found dead after a fire tore through their Johannesburg home. There were no signs that the 32-year old mother tried to escape the burning house and save her children, while her husband managed to escape unharmed. Investigations into the incident concluded that the fire was an accident caused by an electric heater. Now, nearly a decade later, Suraya’s family is back in court, hoping that a renewed inquest will finally bring them the closure they need.

Producer: Anina Peens | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Home Safety Stress Test

Tis the season to be mindful – as house robberies are statistically set to increase over the festive period. As many South Africans leave home to travel, Carte Blanche gains the wisdom of a recent UNISA study conducted through interviews with convicted housebreakers to understand the weak points that can be breached in any home. A former navy intelligence officer turned home safety expert stages a break-in to help illustrate how intrusion testing and a multi-layered approach to home security could deter intruders and keep people and property safer.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

S T O R I E S   O F   S P I R I T                                                        

Two Pandemics – a Story of Prevailing

Making sense of a global pandemic has consumed the world this year. But just over a century ago in 1918, another lethal virus swept the globe – the so-called Spanish flu that spread simultaneously through Europe, Asia and North America over a twelve-month period. Soldiers returning from the First World War contributed to its rapid spread through South Africa and eventually claimed over 50 million souls globally. Carte Blanche meets a 100-year-old survivor who explains what it took for families to prevail against a pandemic then, and what it takes today.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe| Presenter: Masa Kekana

Stronger than Ever

What would motivate someone paralysed from the waist down to put in hours at the gym and on the road, to get stronger and fitter than most able-bodied sportsmen? Former Lions Sevens rugby player and kickboxing prize-winner Darren Thomas has stared down the spinal cord damage that left him paralysed after a home invasion in 2007, to build the upper body strength of a champion. And now he’s set to resume competing in sport competitions that everyone thought he’d left behind for good. Carte Blanche uncovers the life and loves that fuelled his relentless passion.  

Producer: Tarryn Crossman| 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. Catch him on Twitter: And IMDb: