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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 13 October 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 13 October 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

BEHIND THE SCENES > ACTION

Inside the JMPD’s Crack Crimefighting Squad

With its bright lights and bustling business districts, Johannesburg remains one of the most attractive cities in the world, but drug dealers, hijackers and armed criminals are trying to take over these streets. Now, the JMPD’s K9 unit is fighting back, working to prevent criminals from gaining the upper hand. Leaving their homes and families to patrol the city’s streets every night, dedicated officers are primed for any and all situations. Carte Blanche rides shotgun with this elite unit.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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EMPOWERING > INSTRUCTIVE

Radon Alert

Millions of South Africans are exposed to radioactive radon gas in their homes and workplaces every day, as the naturally occurring gas escapes through cracks in the earth. The second leading cause of lung cancer in several countries, radon breaks down and when inhaled, decaying atoms emit alpha radiation that can damage the DNA. There are no safe levels of radon concentration. The United States Environmental Protection Agency emphasises any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. Carte Blanche investigates why South Africa has no regulations to protect against radon accumulation in the home and what you can do to test your home and prevent lung cancer.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Going to Work in the 4th Industrial Revolution

From contact centres to production lines, artificial intelligence in the workplace can bring about great efficiency, faster services, and quick turnaround times for customers. For business owners, AI helps eliminate human error, waste and costs. But for workers, the fourth industrial revolution spells great unease and uncertainty. Carte Blanche unpacks the prospects for employees when automation threatens jobs in a country with nearly 30% unemployment.

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Masa Kekana

A Defence against Allergies?

An asthma attack, the dreaded breakout of hives, and near-death experiences – that’s what many people suffering from food allergies risk every day with every meal. Research shows that high antibiotic exposure, environmental changes, genetics and fast food ingestion are just some of the factors which can cause allergies – but is there another way to prevent them early on in life? Now, results from a ground-breaking South African study focusing on the impact of exposure to a rural environment and farm animals, could hold the answers to reducing the prevalence of food allergies.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 06 October 2019

Calling for Action: Carte Blanche‎ this Sunday

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 6 October 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Claire Mawisa: “I know we have drought fatigue and we’re tired of hearing the stories… But people’s lives are at risk here in the Northern Cape. It is heart-breaking, as I feel like these are the forgotten people!”

INVESTIGATIONS > ACTION

Karoo Drought at Crisis Point

Known to be arid and unforgiving at the best of times, the worst of times has now beset the Central Karoo. The rains have come for most drought-stricken areas across the country, but in this crucial sheep-producing area, it’s been six dry years and counting. 60 000 workers in the region have lost their jobs. Carte Blanche revisits the towns where the economy is collapsing under the weight of destitute workers and their families seeking refuge, the only meal many children get is provided by the schools’ feeding scheme as farmers and the town businesses are forced to retrench workers.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

School of Shattered Dreams

For a number of girls and boys attending a well-known dance academy in Gauteng, dreams of making it big on the stage have turned to dust as they say they were exposed to a sex grooming ring in the school. Speaking out for the first time, three of the learners and their mothers reveal how the allegations of grooming and assault were reported to police. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Masa Kekana

EMPOWERING > ENLIGHTENING

A Defence against Allergies?

An asthma attack, the dreaded breakout of hives, and near death experiences – that’s what many people suffering from food allergies risk every day with every meal. Research shows that high antibiotic exposure, environmental changes, genetics and fast food ingestion are just some of the factors which can cause allergies – but is there another way to prevent them early on in life? Now,results from a ground-breaking South African study focusing on the impact of exposure to a rural environment and farm animals, could hold the answers to reducing the prevalence of food allergies.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

One More Orbit

They stood at the precipice of history, a rare opportunity to pay tribute to one of the greatest historical events of our time – the moment the Apollo 11 lifted off from earth, destination, the moon. Now, exactly 50 years later, the One More Orbit international flight crew which included South African Jeremy Ascough took on the adventure of a lifetime, setting out to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the earth via the north and south poles. It was a feat attempted by others twice before, but this time, the team intended to finally obliterate the record. With a staggering 54 hours and 7 minutes to beat, could they do it?

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche: We Won’t Back Down – 29 September 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 29 September 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

In this special 90-minute extended broadcast we revisit several stories from the last year to find out if our truth has brought any change, and if not, why not? Interspersed between fresh investigations and gritty confronts, view several follow-up inserts on Carte Blanche this week for the answers you’ve been asking for.

INVESTIGATIONS > ACTION

Dukwana Unravels Free State Corruption

Former Free State MEC Mxolisi Dukwana is like a walking encyclopaedia on Free State corruption. His latest affidavit and testimony at the Zondo commission implicate officials, businessmen, pastors and police, and placed his former comrade, ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule at the centre of this patronage network. Carte Blanche visits the Free State to see the projects Dukwana says are corrupt.

Producer: Joy Summers | Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Dodgy Pool Deals

With at least 71 unhappy customers, a history of poor workmanship and non-delivery going back at least two years, Carte Blanche investigates the empty promises made by a Johannesburg pool contractor, who takes deposits but leaves clients high and dry. Winning new business with stunning proposals and claims of having finished 300 pools, expectant clientele part with up to R60 000 for their sparkling new pool, but after some basic digging and concrete work, the job remains undone.

Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Eight Seconds of Glory – South African Rodeo

From cattle rustling to showdowns at high noon, cowboys are legends. Popular culture heroes. And they’re not just in the old West. Meet South Africa’s very own cowboys – and girls – who proudly strut their stuff in the 150-year-old death-defying tradition of rodeo riding. Traditionally thought of as a man’s game, rodeo is a thrilling and dangerous extreme sport with millions of followers worldwide. Carte Blanche meets cowboys-in-training and the 22-year-old cowgirl who take on 800 kilograms of pure fury in the eight seconds of glory.

Producer: Graham Coetzer | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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EMPOWERING > ENLIGHTENING

Deepfakes

At first used to create pornographic videos, or revenge porn, deepfake videos take fake news and malicious hoaxes to a new level or disinformation and distrust.

Producer: Eugene Botha | Presenter: Masa Kekana

Cut-throat SA Music Industry

Luxury homes, expensive cars and designer clothes – that’s the perception, but in this multi-million-Rand industry – why are so many of South Africa’s biggest musicians, earning so little?

Producers: Ntokozo & Mduduzi Miya |Presenter: Masa Kekana

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 22 September 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 22 September 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Identity Thief Busted

As commonplace as identity fraud has become in South Africa, it’s rare to catch the perpetrators in the act. Operating in Johannesburg, a syndicate that has hijacked the identities of several victims country-wide and caused havoc for the companies they tried to defraud, gets the special Carte Blanche treatment as we track down the culprits and join the police in catching the ring-leader red-handed.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Masa Kekana

Waiting to Exhale – the Historic Silicosis Settlement

Since July news of the largest ever class-action settlement in the history of the gold-mining industry has begun permeating the furthest corners of South Africa, where thousands of former mine workers have waited for decades to hear how much their suffering is worth. Around 500,000 breadwinners and their families, hard-hit by silicosis and tuberculosis from working on the mines, were awarded R5 billion collectively in a lawsuit against six of the gold mining giants who operated around 35 of the largest mines. Meeting some of the families who have been waiting, Carte Blanche asks whether the victory can change lives.

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Diesel Skimming

Have you heard of diesel skimming? It’s a little-known, illegal operation where hundreds of truck drivers make unscheduled pit stops to allow criminals to siphon off several litres of fuel from their trucks in exchange for hard cash. The transaction is quick. The money is easy. And it’s unsuspecting consumers who could be forking out extra in transport fees. Carte Blanche goes undercover to expose one major syndicate on Johannesburg’s East Rand.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Chernobyl’s Babushkas

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is contaminated, with radiation levels fluctuating from one area to another. A few minutes of unprotected exposure to areas near the core of the infamous Reactor Four that exploded at Chernobyl in 1986 would cause near-instant death. Less toxic but still hazardous, some places around the power plant remain radiation hot-spots even 30 years after the disaster. While experts warn against spending too much time there – almost 200 people, mainly women, still call this home. In a South African television first, Carte Blanche heads into the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, and meets one of its grittiest survivors, right on her doorstep.

Producer and Presenter: John Webb
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 15 September 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 15 September 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Live Animal Exports

Facing prolonged loading processes, poor ventilation, stifling heat and overcrowded quarters, some 65,000 sheep will soon be packed onto a mammoth livestock vessel due in the East London harbour later this month. The livestock will be transported for weeks on the high seas, standing in their own filth, with no space to even lie down. Amid methane gas and ammonia accumulating in the cargo hold, this controversial trade deal between South Africa and the Middle East will eventually see millions of our sheep sent abroad. Carte Blanche investigates the questionable ethics and lack of regulation that have spurred animal welfare organisations to call for an end to the exporting of live animals.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Stroop

The Afrikaans word for “stripping bare” – Stroop, is a carefully chosen depiction of the decimation caused by the unrelenting poaching of rhinos for their horns in South Africa, and the name of an unflinching documentary exposing the forces behind the horn trade on two continents. Now feted for their courage and grit, director Susan Scott and on-camera journalist Bonné de Bod gave up their day jobs, cashed in their insurance policies and moved home to live with their mothers, to fund their four-year odyssey into this criminal underworld. With Stroop garnering international accolades, Carte Blanche meets the women who risked everything to bring the story home.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Derek Watts

An Assassin’s Playground

From shootings at fast food drive-thrus and petrol stations, to a hit in the parking lot of a residential complex – criminal underworld assassinations are happening right on our doorsteps. The stakes are high, the going price low and the bodies are piling up in blissful suburbia. Carte Blanche examines the intricate web behind some of South Africa’s organized crime network killings.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Hier Kom Die Bokke

It’s Bokke season! With just days to go, the Rugby World Cup is once again upon us. Since its inception, the Webb Ellis trophy has only ever been won by four countries, and twice by South Africa. Francois Pienaar led the team in the historic ’95 victory and John Smit did it in 2007. Now with a new-look Springbok side, can Siya Kolisi follow in the footsteps of giants and lead the team to victory at the Rugby World Cup?

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 25 August 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 25 August 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Solving Cold Cases with Genetic Genealogy

In 1987, a young Canadian couple was brutally murdered in the USA. For 31 years, the case remained unsolved while the murderer walked free. That was until a chance DNA connection to his cousins, led a team of investigators using a new crime solving technique called genetic genealogy, right to the killers’ door. Carte Blanche uncovers how international detectives are now solving cold case crimes.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Derek Watts

Fake Gluten-Free Labels – Innocent Mistake or Food Fraud?

Does eating bread made from wheat, rye and barley give you cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and even headaches? While there’s little scientific consensus on the prevalence of gluten sensitivity, South Africa has joined the global trend to go gluten-free, with consumers willing to pay a premium for gluten-free goods. But for someone with coeliac disease, less than half a teaspoon of wheat could potentially be enough to cause serious illness. Carte Blanche takes to the laboratory to investigate the consequences when bakers commit gluten fraud, falsely labelling bread as gluten-free, when it isn’t.

Producer: Lightning Tree Stories
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Duzi River Disaster

In a river long plagued by pollution that threatens the largest canoe marathon in Africa, a toxic spill of 1,6 million litres of corrosive sludge into the iconic Msunduzi is the worst disaster in three decades. We travel to the Willowton Plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal where edible oils are manufactured and a storage tank filled with cooking oil crumbled, taking down with it a second container filled with caustic soda. Despite the efforts of hundreds of clean-up volunteers, the milky sludge has flowed nearly 70 km into the Inanda dam outside Durban, suffocating fish and rendering the water unusable for the communities who depend on it. eThekwini Municipality has issued a health warning. Carte Blanche asks what it will take for the river to recover.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf
Presenter: Derek Watts

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 4 August 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 4 August 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

The Army and the Gangs

Boots on the ground – that’s what communities demanded as gangs continued to terrorise some parts of the Western Cape. Now the army is in town, patrolling some neighbourhoods while supporting the police in their operations to put an end to the violence. With a three month timeline and the clock ticking down, will a thousand-strong, well-trained military be the difference?

Producer: Michael Duffet
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Bradley Steyn and the Strijdom Square Massacre

Former uMkhonto weSizwe and apartheid police spy Bradley Steyn is still haunted by the Strijdom Square massacre he witnessed over thirty years ago. A teenager at the time, Steyn came face-to-face with the Wit Wolf, Barend Strydom, who killed eight people in cold blood, and injured sixteen more. For Steyn, it sparked a career in intelligence and a mission that continued to this day, to honour those who died on that fateful day. Carte Blanche recounts the events of the latter 1980s that painted a sombre picture of where racism and hate could lead the country.

Producer: Carol Albertyn Christie
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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The Lenasia Land Grabs

As shacks proliferate on the land around Lenasia South, we analyse a tense standoff between the homeless and suburban residents. Is this a spontaneous need for land and shelter, a politically-orchestrated campaign to grab land or the work of local stakeholders out to make a quick buck? We investigate allegations of land invaders paying cash to take up plots of State-owned land and reveal a community torn apart by a State that appears helpless to stop the escalating tensions.

Producer: Graham Coetzer
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Travel Nightmares

Imagine planning your dream international vacation – an escape to a beautiful beachside resort with your family in tow or a magical honeymoon to dive and snorkel in the Maldives. You trust a travel agency with some sweet holiday packages to book and pay for air tickets and luxury accommodation. Now imagine the agency makes off with all your hard-earned money and not a single booking made. That’s the nightmare facing several clients of Cape Town based travel agency. Carte Blanche tracked down the elusive owners.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 21 July 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 21 July 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Former President Zuma Testifies

It’s been a week of legal head-butting and obfuscation in the much-anticipated appearance of former President Jacob Zuma before the Judicial Commission into allegations of state capture led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Claiming he’s the target of a long-standing political conspiracy, the former president raised fresh allegations of a plot to kill him and denied his friendship with the Gupta family had any bearing on government appointments. Carte Blanche examines the importance of this week’s testimony in the bigger political and judicial landscape.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Derek Watts

Cyber Impersonation Scam

From your bank account details to your home address – your emails hold a treasure trove of personal information about you and every transaction you make can be traced right back to your electronic signature. Every day in South Africa people transfer and receive funds, using the internet and from the comfort of their own homes – but where there’s money moving, criminals aren’t far behind. Now, by intercepting and impersonating you on your emails, cyber hackers are making off with thousands of rands in fraudulent electronic transfers. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Vigilante Justice

Against the backdrop of South Africa’s soaring crime rate and the outsourcing of safety and security to private companies in suburbia, Carte Blanche gets unprecedented access to the well-organised and notorious Mayitsha group that has become prosecutor, judge and executioner for anyone accused of crime in their Eastern Cape home village – and they claim a startling success rate. Research shows that 3% of South Africans belong to vigilante groups. Can this kind of outsourced justice restore the peace or will it further perpetuate division in a country where citizens are fed up with the high levels of violence.

Producer: Tarryn Crossman
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Johnny Clegg – A Giant among Men

Carte Blanche pays tribute to legendary musician, songwriter and activist Johnny Clegg. Best known for some of his iconic hits such as ‘Impi’ and ‘Asimbonanga’ – a song paying homage to Nelson Mandela and other struggle stalwarts of his time – the man fondly known as the ‘White Zulu’ succumbed to pancreatic cancer earlier this week. As South Africa mourns the passing of yet another musical giant, we remember a man who embraced, comforted and fought for his compatriots, during a time in this country when it was dangerous to do so.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 26 May 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 26 May 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Ramaphosa Post-Election

The post-election dawn has broken with a widely respected Cyril Ramaphosa entrenched by popular vote at the helm of the country. As he constructs his new cabinet from a divided ANC and hammers out its first priorities, how is the president approaching a failing economy, State-sponsored corruption and record-breaking unemployment rates? Carte Blanche examines what the president’s powers and prerogatives are as he grapples with turning the country’s fortunes around.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Masa Kekana

Genetically Mapping Medicine’s Future

It’s the future of medicine – using genetic mapping to enable precise and personalised treatment for patients. Researchers in Britain are working on this ambitious project which aims to map the genomes of thousands of participants with cancer and rare diseases and create a new genomic medicine service. Now a team of local specialists from the continent are working hard to ensure Africa isn’t left behind. Carte Blanche tracks this new development in medicine.

Producer: John Webb
Presenter: John Webb
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Off-the-Grid with Stolen Mobile Mast Batteries

Are you planning to combat load-shedding with an off-the-grid solution of solar panels and deep-cycle batteries? Do you think you’ve spotted a bargain for this potentially pricey set-up? Beware of stepping into the clutches of a new criminal network as thieves target mobile network towers for their batteries. Carte Blanche takes to the air in a high-stakes chase with network providers to run down these brazen thieves as we investigate the crime that is getting stolen goods into the homes of unsuspecting consumers

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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The Proteas’ World Cup Curse

So near and yet so far – that’s the curse that’s haunted the South Africa’s National cricket team at every World Cup for the last twenty seven years. Often accused of “choking”, winning the tournament remains the Holy Grail and wholly unattainable dream for the Proteas. Gary Kirsten, Lance Klusener and Makhaya Ntini are some of the giants of South African cricket who have stood on the battlefield – and lost. Now only days before this year’s contest, Carte Blanche relives the moments of triumph and the depths of despair and asks whether the new crop of players can rewrite history.

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 19 May 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 19 May 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Reclaim the City

A political hot potato or media savvy social movement that is redefining how the needs of the poor can be met in city spaces? Hundreds of indigent residents have staged an orderly occupation of prime real estate in Cape Town’s Waterfront precinct and are now calling rooms formerly used as nurses’ residences their home. Carte Blanche meets the social movement Reclaim the City that is forcing the City of Cape Town to find ways to negotiate with them and ensure that prime locations are not only for the wealthy.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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The Great Migration

From medical doctors, engineers to finance specialists – skilled and educated South Africans are packing it all up and heading abroad. With the high crime rate, loss of job security and economic uncertainty thousands are looking for greener pastures and the United Kingdom and Australia seem to be the destinations of choice. But what impact will the loss of these critical skills have on South Africa? And who is coming in from elsewhere to work in SA? Carte Blanche explores the great migration.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Derek Watts

The SANDF’s Horses

Starving, infected with various diseases and some eating their own faeces, over 25 horses have had to be put down after being in the care of the South African Army Special Infantry Capability Unit at the SANDF’s Potchefstroom base last year. A further 22 horse rescued from the base also had to be euthanised as they were in such bad condition.Carte Blanche investigates why 11 of the 60 horses which the SANDF transferred to another army base in Pretoria have died and we visit some of the surviving horses that have been re-homed, while the NSPCA laid cruelty charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act. We ask whether horses should be entrusted to the army’s care at all.

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

RX Radio: Broadcasting for Children by Children

Eight to 18-year-olds behind a radio microphone, broadcasting live to children – and live-streaming to the world! It’s a world first for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and a novel way for young patients and former patients to tell their own stories to peers who are still admitted to the hospital. Carte Blanche meets the award-winning young RX Radio’s broadcasters who say radio has a therapeutic effect that helps them deal with their chronic conditions and the healthcare they undergo, sometimes for years.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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