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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 30 September 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 23 September 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Crime Statistics: The Story behind the Numbers

From an increase in the murder rate to brazen cash-in-transit robberies – newly released crime statistics paint a grim picture. The latest data even suggests that in some communities, the murder rate rivals that of war torn countries. However, some experts say, these statistics could provide more information to help improve the way the South African Police Service and intelligence units tackle crime.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Scaffolding Scam

Construction is vital for South Africa’s economy, but with the theft of scaffolding from building sites, the industry loses around R460-million a year – losses passed on to consumers through increased building costs. Reusable and robust, scaffolding virtually never needs to be replaced unless it’s worn out, become unsafe and can be scrapped. Carte Blanche follows the trail of a 4-year investigation that revealed

a lucrative black market in stolen scaffolding.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Plots, Plans and Political Machinations

The former Premier of the Free State and now Secretary General of the ANC is smart and ambitious. But can Ace Magashule outsmart President Cyril Ramaphosa? Since a purported plot to oust the sitting president – an allegation Magashule and his allies deny – tensions between the two men have escalated. Carte Blanche visits the Free State to examine the legacy left by Magashule.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Journalist: Siniketiwe Hlanze

Openworm

Is it possible for humans to live forever in a digital form of consciousness?  That’s the question that scientists in the USA have been grappling with and now after years of research, they may finally have unlocked the answer.  By using cutting edge technology, the brain of a worm was catalogued, and uploaded into a computer, and used to programme a small worm robot into mimicking the exact the movements of a real worm.  Scientists now believe that they’re not too far off from preserving the human brain in a digital format.  Carte Blanche explores this revolutionary research.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 23 September 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 23 September 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Please note this is a 90-minute extended broadcast

Inside Facebook

Hate speech, pornography, child abuse and self-harm – we’ve all been exposed to these on social platforms. But how does one of the world’s most influential social media staples, Facebook, decide what content is allowed and what must be taken down? This in-depth investigation delves into the secretive world of the people who make these controversial decisions, how these choices are made and the far-reaching impact of such judgements that are made for users.

Producer: Journeyman

Prescribed Minimum Benefits

PMBs were designed by government to ensure all medical aid members get access to basic care, no matter what plan they’re on. Implemented in 2000, a list of 270 acute, 25 chronic, and some emergency conditions have to be paid from medical schemes’ general risk pools. Instead, some medical aids force members to pay from their own pockets, using up their savings before the year is out. Amid soaring health costs, Carte Blanche investigates the failure of PMBs to help the sickest members of medical aid schemes.

Producer: Este de Klerk
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Laura Byrne
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Hangberg on Edge

Missing and presumed dead, small scale fisherman Durick van Blerk disappeared overboard after a confrontation with anti-poaching police patrol in August. For generations, fishers like Van Blerk, from Hangberg in Hout Bay, have relied on the sea to put food on the table but a decade of bureaucratic bungling withheld fishing permits and forced them to turn to poaching.  Carte Blanche tracks the deadly events that sparked community protests, leading the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to launch an inquiry into police action.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 16 September 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 16 September 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Daveyton Gangs

Earlier this week, Police Minister Bheki Cele released this year’s crime statistics which shed some light on the increase of violent crimes and gangs throughout the country. Daveyton in Gauteng is one such community which has been plagued by dangerous gangsters and brutal murders involving body mutilations. Fed-up with poor policing, the enraged community finally took the law into their own hands, by beating a boy to death and necklacing a suspected teenage gangster. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
|Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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Lowveld Tourism Under Threat

From the iconic Kruger National Park to breath-taking locations on the Panorama Route, the Mpumalanga Lowveld is one of South Africa’s prime tourism destinations. Just last year, it hosted more than 1,5 million foreign tourists and contributed 54% of the province’s tourism GDP. Now, escalating service delivery protests, with the barricading of key tourist routes, are disrupting the entire industry. Carte Blanche examines the roots of dissatisfaction and asks what is needed to bring tourism in the region back from the brink.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Expropriation Without Compensation

After 20 years and R40-billion spent, the government says land reform has taken too long and experts say some redistributed farms have failed. Now, amid a polarising tug of war fuelled by misinformation, rhetoric and fear, government is trying to forge a way forward to address historical injustices through land expropriation without compensation. But what does it mean when land claimants obtain the land, without the business and resources to make it profitable?

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude

Zip Zap Circus

When Carte Blanche first told the story of the Zip-Zap circusin 1992, trapeze artist Brent van Rensburg had little more than a ramshackle car, a box of tricks and a dream to create a social circus school where children from all backgrounds would learn the joy of performance together. Now Van Rensburg and his circus have teamed up with the Cape Town Philharmonic for a magical journey through time. To-date, Zip Zap has performed in 20 countries becoming the benchmark for cutting-edge skills development that has seen thousands of students move on to become leaders and professional performers.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 2 September 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 2 September 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Coalition Politics: How to Steal a Metro

After numerous failed attempts, this week coalition partners in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality finally succeeded in a no-confidence vote, to push out Democratic Alliance mayor Athol Trollip. Now as one coalition falls apart in a major metro, analysts believe that the DA led political partnerships in the Johannesburg and Tshwane municipalities in Gauteng, are also under threat.  Carte Blanche asks: Is this the beginning of the end for coalition governments in South Africa?

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Derek Watts
Researcher: Sasha Schwendenwein

Baboon Killings in the Vineyards

Raiding baboons are terrorising farmers on the hills above the peri-urban Constantia wine farms in the Western Cape. Addicted to sugar and used to getting easy access to farmsteads with fruit trees and vegetable patches, over 200 baboons pose a threat to residents and domestic animals. To the public’s outrage, two wine farms obtained permits to kill two baboons a day for a year. Carte Blanche investigates what it takes to manage the baboon-human conflict.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Henri van Breda: Axe Murderer

It was a crime that shook South Africa.  In 2015, then, 20-year-old Henri van Breda took an axe and brutally killed his parents and brother, and seriously injured his younger sister in a luxury golf estate in Stellenbosch. After a lengthy trial Van Breda was found guilty of three counts of murder and attempted murder and was denied leave to appeal.  Now the convicted murderer is looking to the Supreme Court of Appeal to overturn this decision.  Carte Blanche speaks to Van Breda’s uncle about the devastating tragedy.

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Tony Beamish

Lewis Pugh

Lewis Pugh is known as one of the top extreme swimmers in the world and he’s conquered almost every endurance swim one can imagine. Now Pugh has taken on a new challenge – to swim the entire length of the English Channel.  It’s a punishing 560 km swim from the United Kingdom’s Land’s End, all the way to Dover. Battling harsh weather conditions and icy waters, Pugh hopes this swim will bring attention to his campaign to fully protect a third of the world’s oceans by 2030.

Producer: Diana Lucas and John Webb
Presenter: John Webb
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 5 August 2018

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 5 August 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Tough Economy

Hard hit by an increase in Vat, multiple fuel hikes and the soaring cost of basics like electricity, food and public transport, South African consumers have had their buying power slashed by 30%. Carte Blanche examines the knock-on effects of the core increases paired with a poor growth outlook and uncertain policy futures around land and health. With more increases looming, what fat can be trimmed to survive these tough times?

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Durban’s Homeless Shelters

Over 4000 homeless people in Durban rely on the Ethekwini Municipality to provide them with meals and a safe shelter for the night. But often these shelters are far from a place of safety. Carte Blanche goes deep undercover into some of the dismal shelters to expose how the homeless and vulnerable are exploited, abused and forced to live in filthy conditions.

Producer: Jacqui Jayamaha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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In The Hot Seat: Christo Wiese

For years, analysts, banks and ratings agencies promoted global retailer Steinhoff as a sound investment. With 40 brands under its belt and operating in over 30 territories, the retail giant was one of the top performers on world markets, that is, until the House of Cards came tumbling down. Billionaire businessman and former chairman of the company Christo Wiese is suing Steinhoff for R59 billion, but was he really unaware of the accounting fraud and financial irregularities happening right under his nose? Carte Blanche puts Wiese in the hot seat.

Producer: Mart Mari Faure
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Transorbital Surgery

Brain surgery is one of the most common operations for tumours, where skilled surgeons have to cut bone from the skull to be able to operate.  It’s a complex and dangerous surgery with long recovery periods and high risk of complications. Now a team of South African surgeons have developed a surgical technique that’s changing lives. Through the eye sockets and nostrils to some parts of the brain – that’s how specialists are now performing these complex surgeries. Carte Blanche explores this remarkable innovation.

Producer: Michael Duffet
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 22 July 2018

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 22 July 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Komani’s Municipal Meltdown

No water or electricity, millions of rands of debt and auctioning off its municipal assets, Komani’s Enoch Mgijima municipality is in crisis and unable to provide basic services. Despite selling off a fire engine, road graders and garbage collection trucks, the municipality still owes millions. Residents are fed up, demanding that their troubled town is placed under administration. Carte Blanche tracks this developing story.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Derek Watts
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The Hands-free Hectare

Driven by the need to improve harvests and farm more precisely and efficiently, British scientists are the first to test if in this modern age, hands-free farming is actually possible. Carte Blanche reports from the United Kingdom where an entire crop has been produced without any human intervention in the field and with robots and autonomous vehicles doing all the work.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: John Webb

One-on-one with President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who rose to power in a military coup, is in the hot seat. Free and fair elections could restore the political legitimacy of a government still isolated by the international community and suffering under the yoke of sanctions. Ahead of a much contested general election at the end of this month, Carte Blanche follows Mnangagwa on his campaign trail to Chinoyi, northern Zimbabwe, where he’s made bold promises to rebuild his country.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Siniketiwe Hlanze

Sextortion

What’s a sexy nude photo between new friends? Well, sending explicit images of yourself to a stranger could cost you thousands of rands and serious reputational damage. Sextortion is the latest method that cunning criminals posing as potential intimate suitors use to extract money from hapless victims. It’s a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images willingly shared by the victim are used to extort money from them.  Across South Africa, the numbers of incidents of sextortion have increased exponentially. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 15 July 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 15 JULY 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

National Health Insurance – Silver Bullet or Black Hole?

South Africa’s public healthcare is desperately under-funded with serious staff shortages, collapsing infrastructure and it’s overburdened with patients.  Government believes that the proposed National Health Insurance Plan will be the panacea to saving a system in crisis.  While the details of the implementation of the NHI may be sketchy, a few things are certain – it is coming, it will be mandatory and the taxpayer will be paying for it. Carte Blanche analyses whether this plan really is the silver bullet.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Low Cost Lessons for SAA

With billions of rands in debt and mounting calls for the airline to shut its doors, the national carrier South African Airways, is in big trouble. SAA’s executives say that unprofitable routes, inefficient planes and a bloated staff compliment are among the reasons for its financial woes. Now the state-owned carrier is on the hunt for an equity partner to acquire a stake in the airline. As SAA continues with yet another cost-cutting exercise designed to return the entity to profitability, Carte Blanche explores international low cost models that could provide the answers.

Presenter: John Webb
Producer: John Webb

Home Hijacking

In an upwardly mobile residential complex on Gauteng’s East Rand, suburban bliss has turned to living hell as cunning building hijackers have systematically muscled in to take over one unit after another. Refusing to pay for rent, levies, water or electricity, they’re openly engaging in drug dealing and turf wars. Owners of the bonded townhouses are left having to pay their mortgages, while their children are at risk from the violence and intimidation. Law enforcement has been little help. Can home owners wrestle back their properties?

Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
Producer: Graham Coetzer
Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude
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Future Mobility

No driver’s seat and no steering wheel – the future of driving is autonomous and electric.  While the idea of cars controlling themselves may seem alarming to some, the first fully autonomous vehicle will arrive in South Africa by next year and the laws and infrastructure in the country will have to catch up quickly.  Carte Blanche explores the future of mobility.

Producer: Marzanne van den Berg
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 8 July 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 8 July 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

State Hospital Crisis

The Health Ombudsman says the Public Healthcare System is “in crisis”, the Minister of Health says it’s only “distressed” but doctors on the ground say the situation is so dire that State hospitals are becoming death traps. As healthcare workers at provincial hospitals in Mpumalanga struggle to fulfil their daily duties, patients referred for specialist care at Gauteng’s hospitals suffer distress, neglect and treatment delays due to a lack of equipment. Amid dilapidated infrastructure, a lack of management, rampant corruption and administrative overspending, Carte Blanche investigates the real state of public healthcare.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
Researchers: Siniketiwe Hlanze and Sinethemba Nogude

Tik Horror

From violent bursts of anger, attacks on family members and serious destruction to property, living with a “Tik” or crystal methamphetamine addict can be a nightmare, but for any parent, killing your own child is an unthinkable act. For Sedick Abrahams however it became a reality when he stabbed his Tik addicted son to death during an altercation. His son Clinton had been using the drug for over a decade – which often triggered dangerous spikes of aggression towards his family. As one of the most addictive drugs in the world, it is tearing families apart and Abrahams isn’t the only parent who’s resorted to killing their child. Carte Blanche explores how this drug continues to destroy communities.

Producer: Michael Duffet
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Luxury Vehicle Ponzi Scam

How did a car dealer sell luxury vehicles to people who could never afford them? Carte Blanche investigates how one high-end car dealer had hundreds of people fooled with a bogus cash-back dealer-assist investment scheme linked to a non-existent oil company in Dubai. Now his clients have been left stranded, and in debt, to pay off these expensive vehicles.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Laura Byrne

SA Drone Technology

There’s fierce competition in the ever-expanding world of high-tech drones, but two South African inventions have grabbed international attention. From cleaning our waterways to clever solutions for farming, these drones are no longer just big, expensive toys for digital enthusiasts.  Carte Blanche explores how locally developed technology is helping to improve lives.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 1 July 2018

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

 

 

Mohair Goats

South Africa’s Angora goat farmers are hotly disputing the validity of footage which allegedly shows their goats bleating in distress. In an already tenuous job market, a sensational video by an influential animal rights organisation is threatening to close down the mohair wool industry that has survived for over 150 years and ensures the livelihood of around 30,000 people in South Africa. The video has caused several big name fashion brands to withdraw their use of mohair leaving the farmers and the multi-million rand industry in dire straits. Carte Blanche examines the legitimacy of this infamous video.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Presenter: Derek Watts

Children Sexting

Sending nude pictures and provocative texts used to be the domain of adults. Now studies show that with the increased access to instant messaging platforms, children as young as ten years old are exchanging explicit content – with each other. The creation and possession of child pornography is a crime and some of these children could also be classified as sexual predators.  Carte Blanche explores this growing trend.

Producer: Carol Albertyn Christie
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Brutal Legacy

Violence in intimate partner relationships crosses boundaries of wealth and social status. Amid the devastating and ever-spiralling statistics on femicide and a general lack of accountability through the courts, two well-known women shatter the silence that stigma and denial had imposed on them. Carte Blanche scrutinizes how these women were treated by their abusive partners, the police and the courts.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Siniketiwe Hlanze
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The Rubber Stamp Duke ​

Outside the British Royal family, being a Duke or Duchess is at the very top of the British aristocratic pyramid and it’s a title that South African Bruce Murray could never have imagined. But the businessman, who runs a humble rubber stamp business in Louis Trichardt, now finds himself at the head of the only private army in Europe, and the 12th Duke of Atholl.  With his historic seat at Blair Castle in the Scottish Highlands, Murray sits comfortably amongst the UK’s upper crust.

Producer: John Webb
Presenter: John Webb
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 24 June 2018

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

 

 

Follow the Guns

In an extraordinary investigation arms trafficking investigator Kathi Lynn Austin races against time to expose the suppliers and manufacturers of guns and bullets recovered at rhino poaching crime scenes.

Carte Blanche joins forces with Austin, a United Nations arms expert who has founded the Conflict Awareness Project, to reveal the origin of weapons confiscated along the Kruger National Park border fence with Mozambique. We trace the owners of businesses who make their living from facilitating the movement of guns from Europe to Southern Africa.

Anti-poaching initiatives consume growing resources with diminishing returns as two or more rhinos are slaughtered for their horns every day and gram for gram rhino horn remains the world’s most lucrative substance.

Carte Blanche reveals how the militarisation of the fight against poachers themselves has yielded little fruit amid a never-ending supply of guns and we set our sights on a new target – the dedicated gun supply chains that arm the poachers.

PRODUCER: Sasha Schwendenwein & Kathi Lynn Austin
PRESENTER: Kathi Lynn Austin
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