Belinda Davids On Carte Blanche

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In a special Carte Blanche broadcast, we take Christmas to the next level with celebrated musician Belinda Davids as she helps us unwrap some of the great developments to have emanated out of a year of global upheaval and suffering. With Davids’ characteristic four octave vocal range, we usher in Christmas Eve with a celebration of love and courage.

I N V E S T I G A T I O N S  

The Great Transnet Fuel Fightback   

Fuel is like liquid gold on the black market and from diesel skimming to hijacking petrol tankers and robbing petrol depots – Carte Blanche has exposed every modus operandi. Now criminals target Transnet fuel pipelines buried at least two metres underground in a network that spans 3800km over five provinces. While it may be more labour-intensive for criminals, the rewards make it worth the effort. But as an assault on essential infrastructure and one that causes major long-term environmental damage, the punishment is just as severe. We investigate how this priority crime is receiving the attention of the investigators and prosecutors engaged in a high-tech war on fuel thieves.

Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Masa Kekana

C E L EB R A T I O N S  

Challenging the Climate Clock

For the last couple of years at the height of summer, Carte Blanche has covered devastating storms in Mozambique – with the names Dineo and Idai synonymous with lives and livelihoods lost – these extreme weather events are manifestations of the global climate emergency. We have featured one scientist after another with the message that although it’s late in the day, there’s still time to do something – and that because the crisis has been caused by humans, solutions must come from us. Now we celebrate a team of local experts that has been awarded the British Council’s coveted R10 million Newton Prize which recognises their research unearthing vital new knowledge to prevent a looming food security crisis in the Western Indian Ocean. We meet Professor Michael Roberts from Nelson Mandela University’s National Oceanography Centre and one of the young scientists working with him off the coast of Africa to challenge what seems inevitable.

Producers: John Webb & Laura Byrne | Presenter: John Webb

Lockdown Charity Becomes Food for All

When hard lockdown hit this year, food queues and soup kitchens sprung up to alleviate the burden of what analysts predicted would be food scarcity of biblical proportions. Reaching across neighbourhood boundaries in Cape Town, some richer suburbs assisted with food parcels and supplies. Carte Blanche investigates how outreaches of charity have grown into a food garden movement based on bonds of enduring partnership and experts volunteering their time online.

Producers: Liz Fish | Presenter: Masa Kekana

Making a Difference at Tygerberg

Carte Blanche visits the specialised teams that are working around the clock on the 20th project of the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust – a state-of-the-art two-bed cardiothoracic neonatal and paediatric intensive care unit for children with congenital heart, chest or lung conditions in Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital. More than 7000 babies are born here every year and a fifth will need surgical procedures. We thank the project partners and sponsors whose generosity and vision sustain the work.

Producer: Sinethemba Nogude| Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

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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 And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/