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Carte Blanche Returns With 90-minute Episode This Sunday – 15 January 2017

After re-screening some of their most talked-about inserts of 2016 during the festive season,M-Net’s top-notch investigative journalism programme Carte Blanche is back in full force on Sunday (15 January) with a special 90-minute episode. Due to the high age-restriction of Deadpool, this week’s blockbuster premiere on M-Net 101, Carte Blanche will thus be on air from 19:00 until 20:30.

“Viewers should take special note of this week Sunday’s M-Net 101 jam-packed, unmissable line-up,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “For those who missed the Golden Globe awards, there will be a rebroadcast at 14:00. Thereafter nerves will be on edge in the penultimate episode of Spellbound at 17:00,which will see word wizards fighting it out to be in the final. Leading up to Carte Blanche and Deadpool, The Voice SA coach Lira will also shine in the electrifying music special M-Net and Friends, at 17:30. Also remember, for the convenience of viewers who don’t have PVRs, the entire M-Net 101 line-up can also be enjoyed an hour later on M-Net Plus 1, channel 901 on DStv Premium.”

This week’s stories on Carte Blanche:

Education Emergency

While government commends what is said to be the best matric pass rate in recent times, many education experts have cautioned against celebrating what some describe as one of the worst education systems in the world. Closer analysis suggests that, when the very high number of school drop-outs is taken into account, the pass rate is in fact far lower than that reported. Carte Blanche investigates the complex factors eating away at South Africa’s education system.

Producer: Esté de Klerk
Presenter: John Webb
Researcher: Chwayitisa Futshane

Who is Tracking You Online?

Are your net-surfing habits exposing your every move, from your shopping choices to travel arrangements and even your location? Every time we go online we leave a digital footprint, making us vulnerable to anyone from corporate marketing sleuths to criminals with malicious intent and even governments interested in our lives. Carte Blanche discovers how easy it is to exploit connected devices and track users’ online behaviour.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
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Energy Future Uncertain

Today’s decisions on South Africa’s future electricity supply will impact the country for generations to come. Coal, solar, wind, gas or nuclear? How much of each and at what cost? Eskom and government remain committed to a hotly contested and very expensive nuclear build program, but leading energy experts have challenged the recently announced plan. Carte Blanche examines government’s energy ambitions.

Producer: Marzanne van den Berg & Anna-Maria van Niekerk
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Chicken Industry on a Knife Edge

The South African poultry industry is in dire crisis and thousands of workers stand to lose their jobs as local production faces collapse. Role players blame cheap chicken imports from Brazil and the United States for flooding the market, leaving local producers unable to compete. Government has intervened and is working with poultry producers to address the industry’s challenges, but is it too little too late? Carte Blanche asks if tighter import regulations and so-called ‘anti-dumping measures’ will safeguard local production?

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa

Alzheimer’s: Can we Prevent it?

It’s said memory is the mother of all wisdom, a fundamental part of being human. But, the most common form of dementia—Alzheimer’s disease—accounts for up to 70 percent of cases. And, after the age of 65, the chance of getting the disease doubles every five years. There is no cure, only the prospect of the cruel and undignified descent. But mounting research suggests that Alzheimer’s can be delayed and even prevented. Carte Blanche explores the lifestyle choices—from what we eat to how much we move, even how we sleep—that may affect our chances of cognitive decline in the future. Is the power to push back the disease largely in our hands?

Producer: Dr Geraldine McKenna

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 08 January 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 8 January 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Private Prosecution REPEAT

It’s a highly unusual, expensive and time-consuming process. But, for ordinary people frustrated with the State withdrawing its case against an accused or simply failing to prosecute, the option of running a private prosecution is another means to secure a conviction. Carte Blanche meets a tenacious family that chose this legal route, to see their daughter’s killer recently convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail – 11 years after her death.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Derek Watts

N2 Fossil Find REPEAT

A treasure trove of fossils, including species never before documented, has been unearthed by construction workers on the N2 highway near Grahamstown. Carte Blanche digs up the dirt on these unique findings.

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: John Webb

Malawi Migration REPEAT

Almost one third of Malawi’s population lives and works in South Africa. But for migrants, the week-long bus trip from remote Malawian villages to South African cities is treacherous and fraught with danger. Often at the mercy of ruthless human traffickers, travellers face illegal border crossings, robberies and sexual abuse. While some make it to the bright lights of Johannesburg, others are never heard from again. Carte Blanche documents the long journey to a new life.

Producer: Johann Botha
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa

Extreme Honeymoon REPEAT

What constitutes a dream honeymoon? How does a terrifying row across the Pacific with the love of your life sound? Riaan Manser and his new wife Vasti decided they wanted a story to tell their children, so they embarked on a trip to Hawaii in a one ton rowing craft. Two days in, they were hit by a huge wave in the dark and capsized. Carte Blanche joins the Mansers for a frank and amusing reflection on the most dangerous trip explorer Riaan has ever undertaken.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: John Webb

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 1 January 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 1 January 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

CyberWar Threat

In the midst of a deadly new arms race, the global CyberWar is heating up. And, the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers.

As internet connections multiply, so too do points of attack and risks to national security. Governments the world over are competing to dominate a new battlefield: cyberspace.

Already, highly sophisticated, stealthy computer programs can take over and even destroy the control systems that regulate everything from food factories to gas pipelines, power plants, and chemical facilities—even our cars.

Carte Blanche examines the murky realm of criminal and strategic hacking as we explore the chilling new reality of cyberwar in which no nation or individual is safe from attack.

Producer: Dan McCabe

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 25 December 2016

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 25 December 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Inside Einstein’s Mind

One hundred years ago Albert Einstein made a mind-blowing discovery: what we feel as gravity is, in fact, the push and pull of space and time, itself. He called his idea “general relativity.” Today it’s still considered the most remarkable feat of thinking about nature to come from a single mind. Carte Blanche delves into one of the greatest scientific theories ever conceived and the man behind the theory of space, time and gravity.

Producer: NOVA

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 18 December 2016

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 18 December 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Exclusive: SANDF in the DRC (repeat)

Escorted by the legendary Rooivalk combat helicopter, Carte Blanche travels to a recently-captured military camp deep in the tropical forests north of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. John Webb gains exclusive access to the SANDF’s forward-operating bases in the infamous Triangle of Death in North Kivu province as we visit our soldiers on the frontline in the battle against ADF rebels. We find soldiers who have distinguished themselves both in the field of battle as well as in crucial combat support roles, and SANDF pilots operating as part of the UN’s aviation unit who have fast developed a reputation for skill and courage. Carte Blanche also meets the SANDF’s General Derrick Mgwebi who was recently appointed to head the overall UN peace-keeping operation in the DRC – still the largest peace-keeping mission in the world.

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: John Webb

How to Save South Africa (repeat)

From an economy forecast at 0.4 percent growth to angry students, political turmoil, and around 11-million South Africans with little or no chance of ever working, how do we save South Africa? Carte Blanche sits down with political economist Moeletsi Mbeki to hear his blunt manifesto for social change.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa

Brucellosis Threat (repeat)

An infectious disease caused by the Brucella bacterium is out of control in South African beef herds. It is also threatening our dairy herds and wreaking long-term havoc in the health of people who contract it. The effects of Brucellosis have almost crippled many farmers, barely managing to keep afloat in the face of nationwide drought. Carte Blanche asks: why hasn’t the vaccine against this infection been available to desperate farmers?

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: John Webb
Researchers: Laura Byrne

Eyes for the Blind

Would you manage to navigate the chaos that is public life without your sense of sight? From crossing busy intersections and noisy shopping centres to making sense of train, taxi, bus stations and more, blind South Africans face a reality few could imagine. Often, their only assistance and companion is a highly trained animal—a guide dog. Carte Blanche spends time with the visually impaired to experience a society often unreasonable and insensitive when confronted with the blind and their canine guide.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Presenter: John Webb

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 11 December 2016

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 11 December 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

FreeState’s Haemorrhaging Healthcare REPEAT

Last week Carte Blanche exposed a controversial stem cell unit at Pelonomi hospital. Despite having operated since June, last week the Medicines Control Council ordered the doctor running the unit to stop all treatments. Then the province’s Department of Health cancelled the controversial unit’s contract calling it a ’bad decision’ on their part. Over the past three years, Carte Blanche has uncovered widespread maladministration in the Free State’s public health sector. Little has changed. From a serious shortage of doctors, specialists and nurses to cases of medical negligence and the credibility of the University of the Free State Medical School hanging in the balance, is the Free State’s healthcare system on the brink of collapse?

Producer: Este de Klerk
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Albino Terror

What has led the United Nations to declare that people with albinism—a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes—are at risk of total extinction, unless radical action is taken to protect them? Carte Blanche meets people living with this disorder and with unimaginable fear, people for whom something as simple as going to school or venturing a little too far from home could see them pay the ultimate price?

Producer: Tarryn Crossman

Great Whites REPEAT

South Africa’s Great White shark population has plummeted to alarming numbers. A recent study revealed that there may be less than 530 Great Whites along our coastline, confirming fears that the species may be rapidly facing extinction. Carte Blanche asks: Are we doing enough to protect Great Whites?

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Derek Watts

Taxis behaving badly REPEAT

They’ve plugged the void in South Africa’s public transport market. But does this justify their lawless and dangerous behaviour on our roads? Dealing with congested roads and hot-headed motorists, Carte Blanche goes behind the wheel with the drivers who move over 65 percent of the nation in a daily race against time to experience the cut-throat taxi industry first-hand.

Producer: Chwayitisa Futshane
Presenter: Derek Watts

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 4 December 2016

carteblancheComing up on Carte Blanche‎ on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 4 December 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Fidel Castro

The long life of controversial Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended last week when he died aged 90. Castro’s longstanding support for Africa’s liberation movements made him a hero in the eyes of many here at home. As President Zuma travels to Cuba to attend Castro’s funeral, Carte Blanche asks—how has our friendship with Cuba’s radical leader shaped post-apartheid South Africa and how will his death impact our foreign policies in Latin America?

Producer: Johann Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Epigenetic Autism Cure

Autism is a disorder that causes suffering for millions of people, young and old. But in a promising breakthrough, scientists have found that this disorder is linked to the inadequate expression of a gene called Shank3. Carte Blanche meets the remarkable minds behind the astonishing medical technology capable of switching the gene back on and reversing the symptoms of this condition. Could a cure be imminent?

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Zuma Lifeline

A party at war with itself? President Zuma’s leadership was this week, for the first time, openly challenged from within the ANC. In an unprecedented move, members of the ANC’s National Executive Committee debated a motion of no confidence, supported by party heavyweights. Carte Blanche asks: though the motion ultimately failed, what will the impact of this body blow to President Jacob Zuma be?

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
Researcher: Chwayitisa Futshane

Mile High Comfort

Should our total weight – passenger and luggage – be taken into account at check-in when we board a flight? Recently, a disgruntled passenger sued an airline for a very uncomfortable nine-hour flight alongside an obese passenger. Carte Blanche asks: How should airlines cater for the needs of very large passengers?

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Mad Swimmers take on the Dead Sea

They’re not called mad swimmers for nothing. In 2015 they set a world record by swimming in the highest and coldest water in the world—in the Andes at 5909 metres above sea level, in hypothermic conditions. Now the team of swimmers have taken on their maddest and most dangerous swim for charity yet—17km across the Dead Sea where extreme salt content makes a gruelling swim, near impossible. Carte Blanche witnesses history in the making as so-called Madswimmers from Israel, New Zealand, Jordan, Palestine and South Africa brave the lowest lying body of water on earth.
Producer: Diana Lucas

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 27 November 2016

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On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 27 November 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Tlokwe Toilets

How did hundreds of toilets mysteriously appear on vacant land next to the N12 near Potchefstroom while residents are living in RDP homes unfit for human habitation? Carte Blanche sheds light on a litany of housing problems in the North West municipality of Tlokwe.

Producer: Phakamile Hlubi
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
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Bad Posture: A Modern Disease

Could your office job be contributing to your risk of heart disease, obesity and early death? Carte Blanche finds out why sitting all day at our computers is seen as the new smoking, and why the trend of standing while working is taking off.

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: John Webb

Detangling Whales

Once driven to the verge of extinction, Southern Right and other whale species have seen numbers make a dramatic recovery since given full protection in South African waters, their traditional breeding ground. But with the increase in numbers has come ever-increasing entanglements: whales caught in drifting pieces of fishing nets and ropes, rock lobster and octopus traps. If left entangled, they die a slow and excruciating death. Carte Blanche sets out to sea with the highly-trained volunteers doing the dangerous job of disentangling these enormous mammals.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: John Webb
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Birmingham Conservatoire

How has access to the internet enabled students from Soweto to be inspired and taught by musicians from the United Kingdom’s prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire? Carte Blanche witnesses the harmonious collision of classical music and cutting edge technology.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Derek Watts

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 20 November 2016

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On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 20 November 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Hate Speech: The Fine Line

Julius Malema recently appeared before the courts on charges of contravening the riotous assemblies act, linked to his public call for people to invade vacant land back in 2014. He’s challenged the charges in the Constitutional Court raising the question of how we should police the fine line between free speech and hate speech. Carte Blanche analyses events that have led to a new bill aimed at preventing and combating hate crimes and hate speech.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
Researcher: Laura Byrne and Chwayitisa Futshane

Programming Living Cells

Imagine manipulating a bacterium to function like a camera, or to engulf and destroy tumours with high specificity. Similar to installing an app on a cell phone to give it new capabilities, cutting edge cell programming technology can now give living cells new functions—whatever function scientists desire. Carte Blanche meets the biological engineers creating a programming language that allows living cells to be reprogrammed and who’ve made their technology available to all online.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

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NPA: The Next Chapter

After much bad press, the so called ‘captured’ NPA head, advocate Shaun Abrahams has seemed to regain credibility in recent days. But is it enough to save his job? An exchange of heated letters between Abrahams and head of the Hawks Berning Ntlemeza has revealed just how unhappy Ntlemeza was about the NPA’s decision to set aside fraud charges against Pravin Gordhan. Carte Blanche asks: just another twist in an ongoing saga, or could Abrahams follow the same route as his predecessors?

Producer: Johann Botha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Tony Beamish and Sinethemba Nogude

Making a Difference in Tiny Lives

The neonatal unit at Sebokeng Hospital, one of the largest regional hospitals in Gauteng, is the only unit taking in babies from the surrounding areas as well as patients referred from other provinces. Adding to the significant patient burden is the fact that this neonatal unit has only been able to accommodate babies up to 28 days old, compromising their care thereafter. But there is hope. The Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust’s new sophisticated Infant High Care Ward is saving tiny lives.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Derek Watts

More about the ‘MAD’ Trust

Arianna Huffington

She is the co-founder of the Huffington Post, and until a couple of weeks ago, was its editor-in-chief. Arianna Huffington has written 15 books and in 2011 Time Magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the world. But this success came at a high personal cost. After suffering burnout, she directed her energies to educating the world about the power of a good night’s sleep. About to launch a new business venture called Thrive Global, this week she was a keynote speaker at the Discovery Leadership Summit, and sat down for a candid interview with Carte Blanche.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 13 November 2016

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On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 13 November 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Microchipped Humans

Could implanting an intelligent microchip the size of a grain of rice into your body change the way you start a car, send information to a computer or phone, or even help in a medical emergency? Carte Blanche meets the young South African engineers who implanted these devices beneath their skin ‘for fun’ and to test the potential for this technology to change everyday life.

Producer: Tarryn Crossman
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
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Johannesburg Property Rates

How were several multi-million rand Johannesburg properties inexplicably devalued in order to lower rates and taxes? Carte Blanche unravels an internal report alleging fraud totalling almost half a billion rand in the City of Johannesburg’s property valuation department.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Free the Nipple

An improbable body part has become a global symbol of the bare-breasted fight for equality between men and women: the nipple. Carte Blanche meets Lina Esco, the charismatic founder of the controversial Free the Nipple Campaign and finds out how her drive to do something disruptive and change the way people think about gender equality caused chaos on New York streets.

Presenter: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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