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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 11 October 2020

A Game of Russian Roulette: Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 11 October 2020 at 19:00, only on M-Net

I N V E S T I G A T I O N S
Derek Watts: “While the President and the Hawks promise to swoop into action to bring the corrupt to book, we find that much of the state money that has gone astray was meant to give disadvantaged would-be commercial farmers in the Free State a hand up. This story exposes what a massive hurdle lies ahead for our top cops and legal system.”

The Great Free State Chicken Fiasco

What does a former Springbok player have to do with a farm full of chickens? Well, when Ollie le Roux sold his successful poultry farm with sixteen broiler houses and a lucrative 10-year commercial contract already in place to supply chickens, he never thought that one day he would lament the state of the farm. Sold as an empowerment project for a healthy sum, Free State Land Reform purchased the farm lock, stock and barrel as a going business. But eight years later, that business has come to a grinding halt and the broiler houses are in tatters. Carte Blanche investigates how beneficiaries are chosen in the province, and why the province has failed to monitor one of its own flagship projects.

Producer: Joy Summers | Presenter: Derek Watts
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The Borderless War

Frontier life in parts of the Eastern Free State, where South Africa’s 900km border with Lesotho exists in all but name, has become a daily game of Russian Roulette. In places, dilapidated fences and broken-down farm gates are all that separate the residents of farms and towns on the border from growing insecurity and incalculable losses. With lacklustre law enforcement, farming communities are isolated and increasingly left to fend for themselves as stock thieves and criminals ride roughshod over private properties. Carte Blanche investigates what it means to be able to cross a border line with no passport controls or customs checks.

Producers: Hendrik Hancke & Niel van Deventer | Presenter: Derek Watts
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J U S T I C E A N D T H E L A W
Masa Kekana: “The recent arrests linked to state capture and corruption have been welcomed, because for too long it appeared there were no repercussions for those involved. The timing has been questioned and there is still a lot of public mistrust in our justice system, but could the tide be turning?”

Justice Better Late Than Never

It’s been a moment that a crime-fatigued nation has long been holding its breath for – high noon for the alleged masterminds of fraud and grand corruption as the Hawks’ fight against graft and state capture kicks into top gear. The flurry of arrests in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Free State of those suspected of pulling the strings, as laid bare in evidence before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, provides hope that the wheels of justice, although slow, are finally turning. Carte Blanche investigates what it has taken for some of those involved in the fight to see this moment.

Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Masa Kekana | Research: Sinethemba Nogude
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A N A C T O F K I N D N E S S

Hands of Honour

After living on the streets for over ten years and battling a drug problem, Paul Tilliard’s life was hopeless. He’d lost a job he loved as a firefighter and he was struggling to get back on his feet. Then an act of kindness from a stranger changed the trajectory of his life. Now Tilliard has become a successful social entrepreneur, running an award winning social enterprise.

Producer: Michael Duffet | Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 22 March 2020

How seriously are we taking COVID-19? That’s Carte Blanche, this Sunday, 22 March 2020 at 19:00,
only on M-Net

H E A L T H C H E C K

Macfarlane Moleli: “It has been a really refreshing experience speaking to professionals about the spread of COVID-19. Many are saying that we will be okay, that our response and the response of the government has been swift. We just need to comply and practice sanitary measures all the time. As one of the victims of the virus told me: it’s not about contracting the virus, because we can survive. It’s about preventing the spread of the disease to people who might not survive.”

South Africa’s growing COVID-19 numbers

It’s been almost three weeks since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in South Africa. First one, then nine, then 85. Then within hours, the numbers tumbled over the 100 mark. Now as the country begins its own battles to flatten the so-called curve and prevent a massive spike in infections, Carte Blanche tracks some of the first patients to contract the highly contagious virus.
Producer: Nicky Troll | Research: Tony Beamish | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

I N V E S T I G A T I V E > E X P O S É

JMPD Trainees

The JMPD already has a reputation for some officers being corrupt and taking bribes. So when more than a thousand JMPD graduates were sent back to training, it became clear that there’s a deep-set problem. The JMPD, though, insists that their new officers were adequately trained and that the graduation ceremony last year is valid. So why then are the graduates not on active duty on the streets? Carte Blanche investigates.

Producers: Ntokozo Miya, Mduduzi Miya | Presenter: Derek Watts

More Gupta Deals Uncovered

The full cost of state capture is still being calculated by the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, but it seems the Gupta brothers were not the only ones to profit from lucrative government tenders. In an exclusive interview, one small business owner reveals how his 3D printing company was hijacked by the Guptas to allegedly use it to launder kickbacks from a multinational company. Was it usual global practice to pay so-called “Business Development Partners” to secure lucrative government contracts? Or was it straightforward corruption from a multinational software firm using a local small business as a front for Gupta kickbacks? Carte Blanche brings truth to light.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein | Presenter: Masa Kekana
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N A T U R A L W O N D E R

Seven Worlds, One Planet

David Attenborough’s new blockbuster series “Seven Worlds, One Planet” features brand new animal behaviours and cutting-edge technology, underpinned by an urgent message to take better care of the earth. From poaching to habitat loss and climate change – the world as we know it is under threat. Carte Blanche previews this phenomenal series that features breath-taking footage from every continent and takes wildlife storytelling to new levels.

Producer: Laura Byrne | Presenter: Derek Watts
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 15 March 2020

Sunday 15 March 2020 at 19:00, only on M-Net

MONEY MATTERS

Counting the Costs of COVID-19

Now declared a global pandemic, the coronavirus is having a major impact on international financial markets. Uncertainty and fear of a worldwide recession sent stock markets spiraling down to new record lows. In South Africa, a trillion Rands in value was effectively wiped off the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in a single day, while US stocks fell 7% on Tuesday this week, forcing the US government to announce new economic measures to shore up the economy and lessen the impact of the virus. In Europe the Bank of England and the European Central Bank have both slashed interest rates in a in a desperate move to protect the UK and EU member states from the potentially catastrophic effect of COVID-19.

Producer: Eugene Botha | Presenter: Derek Watts

I N V E S T I G A T I V E > E X P O S É

Meerkats Uncovered

Cute as babies, but terrors when full-grown – meerkats are wild animals and keeping them as pets, without a permit, is illegal. This hasn’t stopped some South Africans from getting them on the black market. Carte Blanche goes undercover to expose a pet trader who is buying and selling meerkats to eager buyers, keeping this illegal trade flourishing.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf | Researcher: Laura Byrne | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

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Forensic Nurses in Limbo

A forensic nurse in every health facility by March 2020 – that was one of the remedies President Cyril Ramaphosa set out in his Emergency Action Plan, responding to last year’s nationwide protests against increased sexual violence. These specialised nurses can collect physical evidence, counsel rape victims and testify in court to put rapists behind bars – but only if they are duly accredited. Carte Blanche investigates why the president’s promises are far from being realised and confronts the South African Nursing Council on its failure to accredit forensic nurses.

Producer: Mosibudi Ratlebjane | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Masa Kekana: “Without whistle blowers, sources and the work of investigative journalists, much of what we know today about the Arms Deal, State capture and Gupta Leaks wouldn’t be possible. But when there’s evidence that certain members of state security have abused the seemingly flawed RICA legislation to spy on some of these journalists, we should all be concerned.”

RICA: Privacy Under Attack?

The RICA legislation regulates the intercepting of communication – which a court has to order – to allow the state to listen in on the conversations of suspected criminals. Otherwise, two people talking on the phone have the right to privacy. So what happens when the government uses this legislation to spy on journalists? Carte Blanche retraces the events that have unfolded all the way to the Constitutional Court when investigative journalist Sam Sole found proof that he too was being spied on.

Producer: Julian Sun | Presenter: Masa Kekana

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 8 March 2020

Shock Reveal, “Bird Island” Withdrawn
This is an extended 90-minute broadcast.

Carte Blanche‎ this Sunday only on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], 23 February 2020 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

N V E S T I G A T I V E > E X P O S É

The Corrupt Billionaire: Isabel dos Santos

With a fortune estimated at around US$2.2 billion, Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos is under criminal investigation in her homeland. The BBC’s Panorama chronicles how the daughter of former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos has been exposed through the “Luanda Leaks” project, which saw around 715,000 documents like emails, contracts and accounts from 1980 to 2018 detail the billionaire’s business operations. While 30% of Angolans live on less than US$2 a day, this film investigates how Dos Santos exploited her country at the expense of ordinary Angolans.

Producer: BBC Panorama

Renal Roulette

They say it’s like playing Russian roulette with patients’ lives. With limited resources in the public sector for relatively pricey, but life-saving treatments like dialysis, state hospitals are forced to ration these services, resulting in thousands of patients not getting the urgent care they need. Carte Blanche investigates what the future holds for South Africans with chronic kidney disease if they don’t qualify for kidney transplants.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

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“The Lost Boys of Bird Island” Withdrawn

Billed as an exposé of former National Party cabinet ministers taking coloured boys for illicit rendezvous to Bird Island off Port Elizabeth in the 1980s, the controversial “Lost Boys of Bird Island” book has now been withdrawn by its publishers. Unsold copies have been removed from bookstores. We reveal new evidence that suggests key events depicted in the book could not possibly have happened and speak to Barend du Plessis, one of the minsters named in media reports on the book, who has been given a formal apology for being linked to the allegations.

Producer: Liz Fish | Presenter: Derek Watts

Residents Fight Back

It was a landmark ruling – the Makhanda High Court ordering the Makana Municipality to be dissolved and placed under administration for violating its constitutional mandate by failing to provide basic services to the community. Now as mismanagement and corruption continue to plague most municipalities around the country, this new court judgment is helping fed-up residents finally fight back.

Producer: Ntokozo Miya and Mduduzi Miya | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 23 February 2020

Carte Blanche‎ this Sunday only on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], 23 February 2020 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

< INVESTIGATIVE >

The Construction Mafia

They’re known as the Construction Mafia – community groups who demand a cut in building projects around the country, sometimes even resorting to violence and intimidation to get their way. From some form of employment, sub-contracting to their small businesses or in some cases straight up cash – they say they’ll continue to hold construction sites to ransom until they receive their share. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

< MONEY MATTERS >

Upcoming Budget: Difficult Decisions

Amid another looming downgrade, with spiralling debt, weak growth and a slow pace of reform, last year’s medium-term budget gave a clear roadmap of what the government needed to do. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said reversing the trends required urgent action, but can he make the difficult decisions needed to save the economy?

Producer: Joy Summers | Presenter: Derek Watts

The Absolute Right to Inherit

Private wills are untouchable – as long as you are not financially responsible for minor children, you can pass on your assets or disinherit whomever you choose. But what if discrimination on grounds of being female, or adopted, excludes children in a family from what they believe should be theirs? In a legal first, the Constitutional Court is considering whether all children in a family have an equal right to inherit in a constitutional dispensation that promotes equality.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe | Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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< WILDLIFE HEROES >

Derek Watts: “When you look at the challenges facing the world and this country, one elephant may not seem to be all that much. But this little albino elephant called Khanyisa is a story of true survival and fighting against the odds, showing that cruelty doesn’t always win.”

Khanyisa – The Albino Elephant

Trapped in a snare for several days without food or water and seriously injured, Khanyisa – a rare albino elephant calf didn’t stand a chance. At just six months old, her herd eventually abandoned her, leaving her to battle the elements alone. Now with a little help from some friends, she’s on the road to recovery.

Producer: Sinethemba Nogude | Presenter: Derek Watts
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