Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 17 January 2021

Smoke & Mirror Trading International: Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 17 January 2021 at 19:00, only on M-Net

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COVID-19 Second Wave

From Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal, hospitals are running out of ICU beds, oxygen supply is low and ambulances full of critically ill patients are being turned away and – with a vaccine still some time away – South Africa’s healthcare system is struggling to cope under the weight of an upsurge of COVID-19 patients.  As a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus spreads throughout the country, government has once again tightened regulations, but is it enough? Carte Blanche heads to KZN to investigate the impact of the second wave in this key province.

Producer: Carol Albertyn Christie | Presenter: Masa Kekana

Claire Mawisa: “Some people get involved in alleged pyramid schemes, well aware of the high risk of losing their investment. It’s high stakes gambling for them, trying to get money out before the entire scheme collapses. What many don’t know though is that, even if one gets a payout from the scheme, all those monies could still be seized after a successful investigation. A friendly warning to those who participated in the MTI scheme: do not spend the money you earned – law enforcement may be on its way to you!”

Smoke and Mirror Trading International

The Cape High Court has set four provisional liquidators the task of tracking down assets that can still be found after the mammoth Mirror Trading International shut down in December – this after numerous investors were unable to withdraw their money. Marketed as a multilevel bitcoin investment scheme and valued at up to R9 billion, MTI claim they’ve made up to 10% in returns per month using a computerised trading system. But why was the Financial Sector Conduct Authority unable to find evidence of trading success by the company? Has the CEO really disappeared as has been widely reported? Carte Blanche reveals how 300,000 members were duped out of their life savings as investigators try to account for nearly 23,000 Bitcoin.

Producers: Sasha Schwendenwein | Journalist: Jan Vermeulen | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Hollywood Hokum

The arts world internationally is reeling from the impact of COVID-19 on live performances and movie productions, but that hasn’t stopped one enterprising local talent agent from marketing his services to aspiring actors and making big promises of fame and gigs in Hollywood. He even presented acting workshops to help his aspiring stars get ready for the big time. Now, some clients say it was all too good to be true and the money they poured into the dream just bought them pie in the sky. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Graham Coetzer | Presenter: Derek Watts

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Africa’s First Wave COVID-19 Successes

Early on, experts predicted that the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic would cripple Africa’s vulnerable healthcare systems. But across the continent – for a short time at least – some countries proved far more resilient. Now, they’ll have to do it again as a second wave of infections continues to spread. Carte Blanche analyses how some countries rallied, using novel approaches and smart technology – including robots and drones – to help in the fight against the virus.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe | 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: Instagram: IMDb: