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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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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 12 May 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 12 May 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Elections 2019

Battered and bruised, the campaign trail took its toll on political parties that traversed the country trying to move the needle during this year’s national elections. By Tuesday the electorate still seemed confused and millions of votes were up for grabs. By Thursday, the die was cast. But in the final tally, will South Africans’ votes result in more than coalitions and compromises? Carte Blanche analyses the country’s sixth democratic elections.

Producer: Ntokozo Miya
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Turtle Rescue

Hundreds of endangered baby turtles wash ashore on the Cape West Coast every year and only a few lucky ones that are rescued and taken to the Two Oceans Aquarium will make it. Carte Blanche meets the aquarium’s team of young marine biologists that has developed a special bond with turtles and nurtures them back to health before releasing them back into the oceans, tracking their movements with the help of satellite tagging.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Wheelchair Fraud

Being mobility-impaired is a life-changing experience, and besides a wheelchair, physically disabled people often need other equipment to keep them mobile and active. But some of Durban’s wheelchair-bound residents have been left frustrated and out of pocket after they paid over thousands of Rands for mobility aids, like pool and car hoists, to a trusted supplier. Now they want their money back. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Jacqui Jayamaha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Pedigree Dogs

They’re cute, from a distinguished bloodline and they fetch a hefty price tag. But with selective breeding for specific and special traits, are pedigreed puppies really healthy? Carte Blanche investigates a breeding industry that has created dogs with chronic illnesses and health problems passed on from litter to litter – costing you thousands in vet bills.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 5 May 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Election Run-up

Next week’s national and provincial elections are taking place at a time of economic upheaval, rife unemployment and deeply divided political parties. Polls suggest the main parties have lost support…but there’s little indication of where votes might move. Might confusion and loss of faith in the current system drive voters to stay away from the polls or will voters find a home in one of the 48 parties on the ballot? Carte Blanche analyses an electorate on a knife edge.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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End of Life Doulas

From terminal diseases to people on life support, South Africans are employing End of Life Doulas to emotionally support them in their final days. Traditionally, Birth Doulas are popular amongst many mothers during the transition towards child birth, now death doulas are trained to provide emotional support and to guide people through the end stages of life. A weird new trend or a growing necessity?

Producer: Tarryn Crossman
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Is Your Pension at Risk?

In January the ANC sent shivers through the pension fund industry when a resolution in its manifesto said they would investigate prescribing assets for developmental projects. Does that mean they will use your pension fund to bail out state owned enterprises hollowed out by corruption? ‘Definitely not!’ says the head of the ANC Economic Transformation Committee, Enoch Godongwana. But some economists remain deeply concerned that with rising levels of debt, our pension savings that are worth billions of dollars, will become an easy target. Devi Sankaree Govender sits down with Enoch Godongwana in a robust interview, to get answers.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Tasmin Pepper and the First All-Woman Racing Series

With a global audience of 1,7 billion people, Formula 1 is one of the most popular motor sports in the world – and yet of the more than 900 drivers who have competed since the championship began in 1950 only two have been women. The creation of an all-woman motor racing series created controversy when it was proposed last year, but the inaugural W Series set to begin this weekend will see 18 of the best female drivers from around the world compete, including South Africa’s Tasmin Pepper. What are her chances to top the podium and will the W Series be the answer to getting women into the sport?

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Derek Watts

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 28 April 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 28 April 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Devastating Floods Wreak Havoc in KZN

It’s been a terrifying few days for hundreds of people in Kwa-Zulu Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape, as heavy rains and flooding have forced them to evacuate their homes. With at least 70 people dead, about 1000 people displaced, collapsed buildings and road closures, emergency services have been stretched to capacity. Now as the storm dissipates, can residents rebuild their stricken communities?

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

The Palm Oil Problem

From soap to chocolate, face cream to fast food, palm oil is versatile and cheap and the most widely used edible oil in the world, despite being high in saturated fats. But internationally, pressure is growing on government and industry to cut out palm oil or switch to certified sustainable sources. Carte Blanche investigates the dubious practices of the palm oil industry, including the destruction of forests in the Far East, dispossession of farmers and threatening of the last orangutans. We speak to South African distributors about what it takes to go sustainable.

Producer & Presenter: John Webb
Researcher: Laura Byrne

Online Loan Scam

Struggling to make ends meet in the current economy, South Africans who have found themselves desperate enough to apply for certain online loans have stepped into a world of pain as they inadvertently end up in a debt spiral, having to pay for services they never asked for, through debit orders they had no idea they were authorising. It’s a nightmare that once begun, can take years to clear up. Carte Blanche confronts the National Consumer Commission about what their investigators have done to help stop the exploitation of the broke and despairing.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Derek Watts

Break-In Alert – Could Your Car be Next?

Every single day cars are targeted by criminals who break the locks and loot the boot of all valuables – but perhaps not just any vehicle – it seems that currently there’s a specific manufacturer of choice. In recent months, owners of certain Ford models have become easy targets and have now taken to social media to voice their concern. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 14 April 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 14 April 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Reckless Driving Hotline

With South African drivers amongst the worst in the world and soaring annual road deaths – would you send videos of bad driving incidents to a police hotline? The City of Johannesburg has set up a WhatsApp group, allowing motorists and pedestrians to do just that. With the click of a button, videos can be sent directly to the metro police department to help them clamp down on reckless driving. Carte Blanche asks: Could this empower frustrated motorists or encourage road rage and vigilantism?

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Solar Farmers in Limbo

As colder weather sets in, Eskom says electricity demand will spike, and the risk of load shedding returns. Carte Blanche meets farmers who have installed enough solar to power their own operations and feed back into the national grid to relieve the pressure. We sit down with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to examine how the growing number of independent power producers is being regulated.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Missing Lottery Millions

With a limited annual budget of about R1,4 billion to support deserving charities around the country – and demand outstripping supply – the National Lotteries Commission is in the spotlight as Carte Blanche investigates how a R27,5-milion grant to a Pretoria-based drug rehabilitation centre was spent. Following allegations that the NPO has little to show for the money invested in its upgrade, we unravel the bookkeeping smoke and mirrors.

Producer: Graham Coetzer
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Xolani Luvuno

Xolani Luvuno is an amputee who spent 10 years homeless and addicted to heroin. Three years ago he was rescued from life on the streets and replaced drug addiction with a passion for endurance sports, completing the Comrades Marathon on crutches last year. Last Sunday Luvuno faced his biggest challenge to date: The daunting Iron man triathlon. Carte Blanche meets the inspiring athlete.

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 7 April 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 7 April 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Women’s Health in Gauteng

A baby’s head is decapitated during childbirth. A woman’s uterus is removed without her consent during a routine procedure. Negligence in obstetrics and gynaecology wards at Gauteng state hospitals has the Department of Health crippled by claims for damages. With new cases still emerging, Carte Blanche questions the province’s leaders on the state of maternal health.

Producer: Ntokozo Miya
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Old Cell Rejuvenation

Do you fear the effects of getting old? Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are just some of the diseases associated with ageing but recent research shows that clearing ageing cells from the body can slow down or reverse these age-related conditions. Carte Blanche takes you inside the medical trials making this a reality.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Ace Magashule and the Capture of the Free State

In an explosive new book investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh alleges that ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule bent, broke or bulldozed over clearly defined laws meant to ensure proper governance in the Free State during his time as Premier. But these revelations have not gone down well with Magashule who has called it fake news, while the ANC has labelled the book a carefully planned Stratcom operation. Carte Blanche recaps the case of state capture in the Free State government.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Producer: Siniketiwe Hlanze
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“The Lost Boys of Bird Island” – Fact or Fiction?

Promoted as an exposé of a paedophile ring in the former National Party and pointing fingers at high-level cabinet ministers that led to them being named and shamed in the media, “The Lost Boys of Bird Island” has given rise to police and other investigations in attempts to hold those responsible to account. Carte Blanche questions evidence that has emerged from investigations into the suicide of co-author Mark Minnie, weeks after the book was published, to determine how much of the book was fact, or fiction.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Derek Watts

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 17 March 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 17 March 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Limpopo Child Gangs

A video showing a group of youngsters kicking and dragging Thoriso Themane emerges, sending shockwaves throughout the country. Themane, a young man from Limpopo, never stood a chance against the group who beat him to death. But was this an isolated incident or the work of a violent gang of children? Carte Blanche investigates whether this is the same gang terrorising the community.

Producer: Ntokozo Miya
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

The Last Knysna Elephant

Thousands of elephants once roamed the dense forests of Knysna but over the last 100 years they have been hunted to virtual extinction. For decades, debates have raged on about whether the last-sighted elephant in the forest is one of a family or a single, lone female. Now camera traps, set up along ancient elephant paths, record this heart-breaking story. Carte Blanche joins the tracking team on this remarkable search.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Lukhanyiso: A Field of Broken Dreams

Carte Blanche investigates the Lukhanyiso Food and Energy Centre in the Free State, which promised emerging farmers a shot at a sustainable future in agriculture and alternative power. Let down by their strategic partner and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the project has been at a standstill, with little to show for the millions of Rands invested. But that didn’t stop the Development Bank of Southern Africa from investing another R60 million in a bio-digester that’s now a white elephant. We ask what went wrong with this flagship project.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Laura Byrne

André Schwartz – Hope for MND

Top Afrikaans artist and leading stage performer of ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’, André Schwartz was diagnosed with motor neuron disease last year. Now he’s determined to give science a fighting chance as he embarks on a novel drug therapy that could slow the effects of the disease in its early stages. Edaravone, which is a disease-modifying treatment, previously used for stroke patients, has been approved by America’s FDA as a treatment for MND, for the first time in over two decades. It is expensive and its long-term effects have not been proven, but could this drug provide hope for patients?

Producer: Anna Teichert
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 3 March 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 3 March 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

The Fightback Against Cable Theft

Frustrated with random power outages? Stranded, without phone connections or transport? Finally, crack investigators have real tools to fight back and bring cable theft criminals to book. The crime trend of cable theft borders on sabotage, as it targets copper cables from essential infrastructure such as power lines and communication networks. Highly organised syndicates rake in millions of Rands in this illicit trade. Carte Blanche meets law enforcers who are now able to take back the turf effectively, as new legislation ensures punishment that fits the crime, with sentences exceeding those for murder, for those caught stealing or selling stolen copper cables.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

The Mad 4 Waves Atlantic Challenge

Fewer people have rowed across the Atlantic than have reached the summit of Everest, journeyed to the North Pole or ventured into space. In a 38- to 50-day, 5000km challenge where experience is everything, the Mad 4 Waves rowing team – four 22-year old university friends – have become the youngest four-man team to row unaided across the Atlantic, even setting a World Record. Carte Blanche meets the youngsters who didn’t shrink back from one of the toughest challenges on the planet.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Derek Watts

Inside South African Zoos

Zoos are popular facilities where wild animals are locked up in cages and behind glass displays for public entertainment and education. But increasingly international conservation experts are questioning the usefulness and ethics of keeping these animals in captivity. In South Africa, there have been rising reports of animal cruelty in zoos, as municipalities struggle to manage them effectively. Carte Blanche goes inside some of the country’s most controversial menageries.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Drug Lessons from Lisbon

After decades of exposing South Africans’ struggle with drugs and related crime hotspots, Carte Blanche travels to Portugal where a radical policy of decriminalising the use and possession of all drugs has been tested for 18 years and has yielded extraordinary results. With a marked reduction in addiction, overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime, we ask could SA take this proven route?

Producer & Presenter: John Webb

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 24 February 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 24 February 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Eskom Woes Continue

Eskom has been teetering on the edge of crisis for years and with the return of scheduled load-shedding, South Africans are fed-up. Without countless recovery plans and billions of rands poured into the power utility to keep it afloat, could the president’s new plan to unbundle Eskom provide the right solutions?

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Siniketiwe Hlanze


Brexit: What It Means for South Africa

The end of March deadline for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union is fast approaching and the interminable and bruising internal debates will give way to real-world impact. About 5% of South African exports go to the United Kingdom and it’s also a major tourist destination so what ramifications will the looming Brexit bring? We analyse how a more insular, weaker Britain might spell hard times for Britain’s trading partners.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Derek Watts and John Webb
Researcher: Tony Beamish

e-Hailing Cab Service Safety

If you’ve ever been left stranded without transport after a late night out or you’ve had to rush to the airport in the early hours of the morning, then you’ll understand why e-hailing cab services have become so popular. They’re fast, convenient and right at your finger-tips. But what happens when a driver turns on the passenger? Kidnapping, assault and rape – these are some of the horror stories from users of the e-hailing cab service which have emerged at the Gauteng High Court. Carte Blanche asks: just how safe are its users?

Producer: Ntokozo Miya
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender


Brainternet

The future of human integrated technology is here as local Wits University engineers find a way to use the human brain to not only communicate with the internet (brainternet), but also transmit words through the brain (brain connect). But how safe is this new invention? Carte Blanche explores the ethical dilemmas of human brains hooking up to the internet, in the not too distant future.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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