Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 7 February 2021

Who Checks the Checkers? Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 7 February 2021 at 19:00, only on M-Net

Please Note: this will be a bumper 90 min show

I N V E S T I G A T I V E

Fake Credit Checks – Who Checks the Checkers?

Isn’t a valid credit check the most basic requirement any business owner would want in place before proceeding with a big business transaction? Especially in the time of COVID-19 when most business takes place online. But now it appears some credit checks aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Carte Blanche investigates how some businesses were duped into handing over hundreds of thousands of rands worth of goods on credit to what turned out to be fraudsters using the identity of a legitimate business – after a credit check opened the door.

Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Masa Kekana

Claire Mawisa: “Incurring traffic fines will no longer just hit you in the pocket, and the process to appeal any infringements is also about to change. Motorists now run the very real risk of losing their driving licence. What’s worse, if you don’t receive your fine in the mail, you might not even know your licence may be confiscated at the next roadblock!”

AARTO-Aware: The Long and Winding Road to Better Driving

South African motorists have a bad rap for notoriously reckless and unsafe driving. The country has among the highest road fatality statistics in the world. This is why the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) was written – to change the ways of bad drivers. It’s been partially trialled in Johannesburg and Tshwane for over a decade. Once AARTO is rolled out nationally later this year, bad driving habits could cost drivers their licences. Critics say it’s more about making money than road safety, but AARTO is meant to improve road safety and adjudicate infringements under an administrative system to alleviate pressure on an overburdened court system. Carte Blanche investigates whether AARTO can finally make the roads safer.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Researcher: Tony Beamish | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Constitution v Zuma  

As South Africans continue to wrestle the country back from the abyss of corruption and hollowed-out state institutions, some critical answers remain outstanding on the actions of the man who once called the shots – former president Jacob Zuma. What does it mean if the person who occupied its highest office and swore to uphold the Constitution, can ignore a ruling of the highest court to answer questions on his conduct and decisions in office? Zuma claims he is being victimised by the state, harking back to apartheid judicial practices that targeted specific individuals. As he signals his defiance of the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture to appear before it from the 15th of February, Carte Blanche previews the Commission’s options as it sets out to lay a criminal complaint against Zuma.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Researcher: Tony Beamish | Presenter: Masa Kekana

Indebted to the Dead

As is the business model for many retirement villages, the units in one large Gauteng development were sold with life rights, which meant that should an owner pass away, or the retirement unit is sold, the life rights owner should get the original amount they paid back. The developer would be entitled to profit from the sale. So why would some grieving families say they never got their money? Carte Blanche investigates why contracts signed with the elderly don’t seem to have been honoured, and why grieving family members are battling to settle their loved ones’ estates, in some cases years later.

Producer: Graham Coetzer | Presenter: Derek Watts 

H E A L T H   &   N A T U R E

Breast Implant Illness: Sisters Suffering in Silence

It’s not a recognised disease and research on it is scarce – some doctors deny it’s even real. But with chronic fatigue, memory loss, joint pain and even rashes, anxiety and skin problems appearing after they received breast implants, and disappearing soon as they took them out, some women are questioning whether they can blame it on the silicone gel- or saline-filled breast implants they had. Carte Blanche meets some women who have spearheaded efforts to raise awareness for sisters who may have suffered in silence.

Producer: Carol Albertyn Christie | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Why is Lake Sibaya Drying Up?

It’s a piece of heaven on earth. Lake Sibaya, in the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, with its dune forests and ancient peatlands, is our largest coastal freshwater lake – home to the country’s second largest population of hippos and crocodiles. But the unique ecosystems and people who depend on the lake are facing an uncertain future as Lake Sibaya has been losing water at a dramatic rate for at least two decades. Carte Blanche investigates what lies behind the rapid draining of Lake Sibaya’s lifeblood.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf | 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 Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/