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Eython Is Searching For Genuine Love On M-Net’s Finding The One

The big game of love continues this week as Eython Phillips searches for his suitor on M-Net’s Finding The One

The twenty-seven-year-old singleton is from the little community of Kraaifontein in the Western Cape and is a part-time rapper and full-time real estate agent by profession.

After a painful break-up less than a year ago, Eython is now ready to settle down and find genuine love. To do this, he entrusts the job of finding him the one to his adoring family and best friend. First up is his brother from another mother, Dean Jurgens (31) who knows exactly what Eython’s type is, followed by Liezel Phillips (46) his mom, who wants Eython to settle down with a nice young lady so that she can have some grandbabies and finally Keana Phillips (20), Eython’s sister who believes that she knows what will be good for him as well as the family.

Eython’s mom along with Dean, take the selected candidates on a group date, to suss out who’s got the potential to take care of her son, while Keana and Eython have fun exploring the girls’ homes. Will Eython’s family find him what he is looking for and renew his faith in love? Tune in to find out!

Finding The One will be screened on M-Net 101 every Sunday at 18:00 from 6 October 2019. It will also be available on DStv CatchUp. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/findingtheone and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet & Instagram @Mnettv / #FindingTheOne and on the official M-Net Facebook page .

Finding The One is produced by Okuhle Media.

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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: 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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Former Friends Crush Castaway Cobus On M-Net’s Survivor SA: Island Of Secrets

For three Tribal Councils in a row, his alliance members, the so-called Spit Shakers Seven, kept him in the dark about their voting plans. But this week self-proclaimed social butterfly, architect Cobus Hugo (28), had to swallow an even more bitter pill. With five votes against his name – also from the people he once believed could take him to the top – Cobus became the thirteenth person to be voted off M-Net’s Survivor SA: Island of Secrets and the fifth member of the jury.

Before host Nico Panagio had snuffed Cobus’s torch however, Tribal Council delivered nail-biting drama. When it was time to read the votes, all eyes were on Jacques. He was supposed to play the Hidden Immunity Idol, draped around his neck. Instead, he just slowly buttoned down his shirt.

Then, there was another rude awakening for over-confident Steffi. Her name was written down as well and she heard Nico saying “… two votes Steffi… two votes Cobus … two votes Jacques”. If Jacques played his Idol for Cobus, as the jury wished, it could have been a tie! And, If Jacques’s bold move to persuade the other players at the bottom of the food chain that gunning for Steffi could be their saving grace, it could have been even worse for the former Miss Namibia.

How the Suvivors voted:

The consensus at camp – without the targets knowing, of course – was that the votes would be split between Jacques and Cobus. In the end the Amigos alliance – Rob, Nicole and Steffi – voted for Cobus. So did Durāo and Mike, who Jacques tried to win over by sharing his advantage with them. Laetitia and Mmaba followed the orders of “senior management”, as Jacques calls the power players, and went for Jacques. Thus, the two votes, received by Steffi came from Jacques and Cobus.

How the week’s episode played out:

This week’s Reward Challenge revealed quite a lot about the Survivor’s standing in the game as well as their strategy, needs and attitudes. Host Nico presented them with three options to play for: a hearty meal with wine, a letter from home or an advantage in the game. To win the reward, they had to keep two opposing forces (a set of handles) apart with a heavy metal bar shaped like a key between them. If at any point during the challenge they released tension on those handles, the bar would slip through, shatter a tile and eliminate them from winning.

Nicole and Durāo both picked the meal, but then Durāo realised that Nicole needed the nutrients more – and deliberately crushed his tile.

Most of the castaways were craving a letter from home. After Jacques, Laetitia and Cobus fell out, it was game on for Steffi and Mike. Taking his cues from Durāo, Mike thought it was an excellent plan to let Steffi win.

The final face-off for the advantage in the game was between Mmaba and Rob. Even though Mmaba needed it more than ever before, Rob didn’t budge. After his victory, Rob was sent off to the Island of Secrets to spend an evening alone and find out more about his advantage. The advantage turned out to be an opportunity to practise for the all-important Immunity Challenge as well as everything that was up for grabs at the Reward Challenge.

While an emotional Rob shed more than one tear when reading the letter from his dad, there were also plenty of red eyes back at camp. Steffi’s letter from actor husband Clint Brink made her all weepy and the others broke down at the thought of missing out on much-needed encouragement from home.

Rob’s winning spree did not end at The Island of Secrets. He came out tops at the Immunity Challenge, where he also won the opportunity to test-drive a Mahindra SUV for a month upon his return to South Africa.

But will all of this put a target on his back now? After thirty days on the island, it’s clear that everyone is there to win and that nobody can be trusted.

Survivor South Africa: Island of Secrets is screened on M-Net every Thursday at 19:00. It will also be available on DStv CatchUp. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/survivorsa and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @Survivor_SA / #SurvivorSA and on the official Survivor Facebook page.

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Court Is In Session For The Final Season Of Suits – And The Much-awaited Premiere Of Gina Torres’ Pearson

It’s been quite the journey for beloved legal drama Suits: a world of slicker-than-your-average attorneys, fast-paced courtroom theatre, tumultuous interpersonal relationships – all set against the backdrop of the gorgeous New York skyline. Like all good things though, this acclaimed bit of television has come to an end, and who else could deliver the ninth and final season but M-Net channel 101? On Thursday, 8 August at 20:10, the home of magic ushers in the final season premiere of the popular series.

Happily, the ensemble cast returns to the fray: Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty and recent initiates Dulé Hill and Katherine Heigl are back to pick up the pieces of last season’s fallout: After Robert Zane is disbarred, the rest of the firm (now known as ‘Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams’) are forced to contend with the repercussions of his departure. Personal relationships are also under pressure as Harvey and Donna are forced to make tough decisions about how to move forward with their new relationship, and just as episode one’s title suggests: “Everything’s Changed”.

With the countdown to the finale approaching can New York’s number one firm find their winning streak again? Find out on M-Net 101 on 8 August at 20:10.

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The drama doesn’t stop there! Gina Torres slides into the much-anticipated Suits spin-off Pearson, reprising her role as the indomitable Jessica Pearson on the same day, Thursday, 8 August at 21:10 on M-Net channel 101.

Recently disbarred and on a fierce mission to instigate change, the NYC powerhouse finds herself in the Mayor’s office of Chicago: a seedy world of corruption, blackmail and dirty politics. The former attorney has her work cut out for her in this lion’s den, where juggling her boss’s blatant disregard for the law, an ongoing rivalry with a colleague (who happens to be the person responsible for taking away her law license) and maintaining her already strained personal relationships are going to prove quite the challenge.

The cast includes Morgan Spector (Homeland) as Mayor Bobby Golec, Simon Kassianides (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) as Keri Allen, Chantel Riley (Wynnona Earp) as Angela, Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) as Yoli and Eli Goree (Ballers) as Derrick.

Will Jessica Pearson’s determination to do right by the people of Chicago be enough to overcome her overwhelming detractors? Find out on Thursday, 8 August at 21:10.

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Come Home to Magic with back-to-back ensemble drama on Thursday 08 August on M-Net Channel 101!

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DStv Content Discovery: 2 – 8 August 2019

M-Net is dishing up a legal drama feast on Thursday nights, with the final season of the popular series Suits and its brand-new spin-off series, Pearson, kicking off from 8 August.

Suits S9 starts on Thursday 8 August on M-Net (101) at 20:10

In the ninth season premiere of the high-stakes legal drama, Harvey and Samantha fight to salvage the firm’s tarnished reputation in the wake of Robert Zane’s self-sacrifice to save Harvey. With Jessica back in Chicago, Harvey rallies the troops, including Donna Paulsen, Louis Litt and Alex Williams, in a bid to restore the firm’s former glory. There’s been much speculation about Meghan Markle’s appearance in the season 9 trailer, but whether we’ll actually get to see a Rachel cameo remains to be seen.

Pearson S1 starts on Thursday 8 August on M-Net (101) at 21:10

Following straight after Suits is the series premiere of spin-off series, Pearson, that sees the poised and once-infallible Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) start her new job in the Mayor’s office in Chicago as a fixer. Having left New York with her tail between her legs after being disbarred, Jessica hopes to reunite with her family in the windy city of Chicago.

Lovers of thrillers will find themselves engrossed in M-Net Sunday movie. A Simple Favor sees a conservative single mother being inadvertently caught up in a dangerous situation when she befriends the glamorous, wealthy mother of one of her son’s schoolfriends. The all-star cast includes Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick.

See Gordon Ramsay in a brand-new light in the adventurous new series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted on National Geographic. As he travels around the globe, he will be pursuing culinary inspiration in a totally different way, roaring through valleys, diving into oceans, hiking through forests and scaling mountains.

Wildlife series Serengeti starts on BBC Earth this week. It follows the interconnected stories of a cast of savannah animals over one year, presented in a bold new format. From warthogs to lions, mongoose to cheetahs, a cast of our favourite African animal characters will be filmed closer and more intimately than ever before, using ground breaking filming techniques and pioneering technology.

LOCAL

Two Families and a Wedding Dress on Wednesdays on BET (129) at 21:30

Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding dress for their big day. For most, that super-expensive designer gown is destined to remain a dream, but in this show, a dress fit for a princess, worth an astounding R30 000, could become a reality. The final choice will be made by the bride-to-be’s family and soon-to-be in-laws. The show is hosted by award-winning presenter Thembisa Mdoda, with narration by the spirited Moshe Ndiki.

Idols S15 on Sunday 4 August on Mzansi Magic (161) at 17:30

The blind auditions are now done and it’s off to theatre week for the contestants. New rules mean more pressure, with the coaches and the judges raising the bar. The singers are now grouped into teams and the first round of eliminations have the contestants in a panic.

Grass Roots S1 on Fridays on 1Magic (103) at 19:30

Monwabisi and Asanda are at the mercy of the senior boys as hazing season gets underway at St. Sebastian’s. After arriving in Johannesburg to compete for a rugby scholarship, the two boys were initially rivals, both aiming for the same scholarship, but being the underdogs has brought them together.

Lui Maar Op, Belinda S3 starts on Monday 5 August on kykNET (144) at 20:00

This sitcom revolves around the staff at a general store in George, in the Southern Cape. Belinda (Brümilda van Rensburg), a former actress who daydreams about her once-glamorous life, finds naughty letters between Maggie’s things and reads them shamelessly, even while Frans cautions her to let sleeping dogs lie. Annetjie (Annelisa Weiland) tries to find a partner for Dirkie, but it’s not as easy as she thought.

Ster-status S1 starts on Monday 5 August on VIA (147) at 18:00

Women’s empowerment project, Apprentesses SA, helps women between the ages of 20 and 35 realise their dreams of being in the spotlight. Whether the candidate hopes to become a model, singer, actress, businesswoman or journalist, the project’s brand-new reality competition show will help them get a foot in the door with mentoring and confidence-building as well as establishing contacts and gaining experience in the entertainment industry.

The Queen S4 on Friday 2 August on Mzansi Magic (161) at 21:00

Brutus, Shaka and Zodwa plan their ambush on Harriet after being left behind in jail while Harriet and her kids made bail. The Maake family suffer another loss and Mmabatho takes drastic steps to protect Baby Mzi.

No Excuse Pay Your Papgeld S2 on Saturday 3 August on MOJA LOVE (157) at 18:30

Award-winning Kwaito musician Dr Malinga hosts this series in which parents struggling with collecting payments for the maintenance of their children are given a platform to get assistance.

Liyana on Showmax

Combining documentary scenes and animation, Liyana is described as a hybrid documentary. It follows the story of a young Swazi girl who attempts to rescue her twin brothers after they’re kidnapped and is inspired by real-life stories.

SPORT

Football: Super Diski: ABSA Premiership on 3 and 4 August on SuperSport 4 (204) and SuperSport 7 (207) from 14:50

The ups and downs that are part of league football are likely to kick in on the first weekend of this season’s premier division action. Mamelodi Sundowns start the defence of their title with a match against SuperSport United on Saturday. Pirates, who finished second last season, play Bloemfontein Celtic and Amazulu face Wits, who was third on the 2018/’19 log, at 20:10. On Sunday, Kaizer Chiefs play Highlands Park and Golden Arrows face Maritzburg United.

Rugby: Currie Cup Premier Division 2 and 3 August on SuperSport 1 (201) at 14:45 and 17:00 and 19:00

Reputations don’t count for much in South Africa’s top regional rugby competition these days. Teams that used to crowd the top of the log now face serious challenges, right from the start of the season. Last season’s champions, the Sharks, face a stiff test when they play the Pumas in an away match on Saturday before the Blue Bulls face Griquas in Pretoria. Free State Cheetahs, always hard to beat at home, meet the Golden Lions on Friday.

Cricket: The Ashes: England v Australia first Test 1 to 5 August on SuperSport 2 (202) at 11:45

England are chasing a notable milestone when they meet Australia in the first of five Test matches at Edgbaston this week. The new (ODI) World Cup champions will even the Ashes score if they win the 71st series. Australia, the present champions, have won the little trophy 33 times; one more than England’s tally. Five series were drawn. The hosts are fielding one of their most formidable and exciting teams in years, but the Aussies showed signs of returning to domination during the World Cup tournament.

Motorsport: Formula 1: Hungarian Grand Prix 4 August on SuperSport 6 (206) at 13:35

Lewis Hamilton would have banished all thoughts of his German Grand Prix nightmare when he seeks to retain his Hungarian title in Mogyoród this weekend. The Briton still leads Valtteri Bottas by a healthy margin in the championship standings. Max Verstappen, who held off Sebastian Vettel in Germany, could also enhance his position on the 4km Hungaroring track. The practice rounds will be broadcast live at 20:45 and 14:45 on Friday and 11:45 on Saturday, followed by the qualifying battle at 14:55.

KIDS

A-X-L on Saturday 3 August on M-Net (101) at 15:30

Pre-teens and teens will be caught up by this fast-paced, futuristic action-adventure movie. A teenager named Miles finds what looks like a piece of very expensive wrecked tech on a scrapheap, never suspecting the top-secret robotic dog will become his best friend. But A-X-L was designed as a weapon, and the scientists who built him want their pet project back. Now both boy and dog are in danger. Starring Alex Neustaeder, Thomas Jane and Becky G.

Disney Cook-About S3 on Saturday 3 August on Disney Channel (303) at 10:15

Disney’s fabulous, fun cooking game show, hosted by the hilarious Kirsten Mohamed and Mthunzi Ntoyi, is in Gauteng this season, putting young cooktestants through their paces as they vie for the Golden Trophy, and a R50 000 prize for their school. Along the way, kids will learn about healthy nutrition and pick up tips for preparing delicious dishes.

Teddles S1 on Saturday 3 August on CBeebies (306) at 10:55

These cute mini-stories with 2-minute songs will make the little ones laugh and help them learn about crucial life-skills like washing hands and tidying up, as the curious, confident Teddles is helped out by his kind friends when he makes mistakes. Today, Teddles doesn’t want to brush his teeth, but when he cheekily runs away, he bumps into Mr Walrus, who knows how important it is to look after your teeth.

Zog on Showmax

Zog is a young dragon determined to do well at Dragon School, where he learns about flying, roaring and breathing fire. But poor Zog experiences a few challenges along the way, many caused by his clumsiness. This is based on a brilliant Julia Donaldson best-seller (over 1,5 million copies sold) classic and was produced in South Africa by Triggerfish Studios as an award-winning 27 minute animated short with an all-star cast including Kit Harrington, Lenny Henry, Hugh Skinner and Tracey Ullman.

MOVIES

A Simple Favor premieres Sunday 4 August on M-Net (101) at 20:00

Described by Variety as a “clever, naughty suburban noir”, this slick thriller stars Anna Kendrick as suburban widow/vlogger Stephanie Smothers, and her bizarre relationship with fellow mom Emily, a power-dressing, enigmatic and cruel upper-class Blake Lively. As their friendship evolves over Martinis and oversharing, Emily asks Stephanie a simple favour – to collect her son from school one day, only to mysteriously vanish on the same day.

American Animals premieres Saturday 3 August on M-Net (101) at 21:30

This crime drama is based on a real-life event in which a group of college students hatched a plan to rob their Kentucky university library’s rare book section, which included some of the most valuable books in existence, like a copy of Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) star in this movie, which Empire magazine calls a “knowing, blistering mix of heist flick and true-crime documentary”.

ATL on Friday 2 August on 1Magic (103) at 22:00

Nominated for a BET Hip Hop award for Best Movie, this coming-of-age-in-the-hood movie follows four friends as they try to make the most of their last few weeks of high school in their inner-city Atlanta neighbourhood before facing the challenges of looming adulthood. Featuring rapper T.I. and Evan Ross (son of Diana).

Lean on Pete on Showmax

If you remember shedding happy (or sad) tears during famous horse-and-child movies like Black Stallion and Flicka, prepare your tissue stash for Lean on Pete. Fifteen-year-old Charley befriends a retired racing quarter horse bound for the slaughterhouse and, in an attempt to escape his own unhappy homelife and save his new friend’s life, the two set off from Oregon to Canada in search of a new life together.

INTERNATIONAL SERIES

The Goldbergs S6 starts on Saturday 3 August on M-Net (101) at 17:30

Oddball 80s family, The Goldbergs, is back! The sitcom revolves around overbearing mom Beverly, deadbeat dad Murray, over-confident daughter Erica, quirky son Barry, and youngest son, geeky Adam, from whose viewpoint the series is told. The show is based on the real-life memories of show creator Adam F. Goldberg. The first episode of Season 6 sees Adam turn 16. He’s expecting his mom to make a huge deal about it but instead, he gets … nothing.

Departure S1 starts on Monday 5 August on Universal TV (117) at 20:00

When a passenger plane mysteriously disappears over the Atlantic Ocean, aviation investigator Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi from The Good Wife) is called in to find out what happened. The trail soon leads her to investigate her former boss and mentor Howard Lawson (Academy-award winner Christopher Plummer). Claire Forlani (Hawaii Five-0) also stars in this conspiracy thriller that’s been described as a “thrilling, high-octane drama”.

Snowfall S3 starts on Tuesday 6 August on 1Magic (103) at 21:30

AV Club calls this crime drama series “one of the most stylish, well-written shows on TV right now.” Revolving around the drug industry in Los Angeles in the 80s, this crime drama follows three characters on a violent collision course: drug dealer Franklin Saint, Mexican wrestler Gustavo ‘El Oso’ Zapata, and CIA agent Teddy McDonald.

Sweet Bitter S1 on Showmax

Tess moves to New York, eager to experience new things. She lands a job at a top restaurant and has to navigate life in the Big Apple along with the crazy world of the restaurant business. Based on the novel.

FACTUAL

Serengeti S1 starts on Sunday 4 August on BBC Earth (184) at 16:00

John Boyega (Finn from Star Wars) narrates this dramatised six-part natural history series that traces the interconnected stories of the Serengeti’s most iconic species. Using the latest ground-breaking technology and filming techniques, including drones and multiple static cameras, the series gets up-close and personal with the unique wildlife in this unspoilt pocket of the African savannah. In this episode, Kali, a brave lioness, has broken the golden rules of family life by having cubs with an outsider.

Murder Loves Company S1 starts on Tuesday 6 August on Investigation Discovery (171) at 21:00

This chilling new real-life murder mystery series looks at crimes that have happened within close-knit groups of people, from co-workers and friends to neighbours in a tight-knit community. Each case unfolds to reveal that someone in the group will be murdered … and someone in the group is the killer. The series opens with a girls’ movie night that ends tragically for a group of college roommates, leading police to search halfway across the state for the killer.

Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy on Showmax

American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

Out There with Jack Randall S1 starts on Wednesday 7 August on Nat Geo Wild (182) at 18:00

Zoologist Jack Randall takes a walk on the extremely wild side, searching for rare, endangered, iconic and exotic species in some of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. In the season premiere, Jack ventures into the remote Northern Territory of Australia to search for six dangerous pythons.

REALITY

Gordon Ramsay Uncharted starts on Wednesday 7 August on National Geographic (181) at 21:00

Get out of the kitchen and onto the unbeaten path to follow the Michelin-starred chef and Ironman athlete Gordon Ramsay as he meets indigenous locals around the globe to learn about the cultures, dishes and flavours unique to each far-flung location. From South America to New Zealand, Alaska to Morocco, each episode concludes with Ramsay putting his newfound skills (and ingredients) to the test as he cooks up an exotic feast with a local legend.

Race Across the World on Friday 2 August on BBC Earth (184) at 19:00

Upping the ante on the reality travel shows we’ve seen before, contestants have to make their way from London to Singapore … without setting foot on a plane … or with the help of a smartphone, or card payments, and on the meagre budget of what a one-way flight would have cost them.

The Hills: New Beginnings on Thursday 8 August on MTV (130) at 15:00

There’s drama at the crystal party as Audrina confronts Justin about that little “goodbye” kiss, while Brody has some honest conversations about his failed relationship with father Caitlyn, as well as with his one-time best friend, Spencer.

Seann Walsh – Seann to be Wild on Tuesday 6 August on BBC Brit (120) at 20:00

With his trademark deeply personal observational humour, Walsh dishes on the life of an incapable 21st century male, from dealing with the crippling self-consciousness he suffers from in public spaces, to his love-hate relationship with alcohol.

BOXOFFICE

The Grinch (2018) premieres on Monday 5 August on BoxOffice

Cindy-Lou Who and the people of Who-ville love everything about Christmas, but The Grinch cannot stand it. When he realises they want to make Christmas three times bigger than ever before, he devises a plan to steal it from them. The only person standing in his way is that outrageously happy girl, Cindy-Lou. Pharrell Williams narrates and Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this latest animated comedy adaptation of the Dr. Seuss children’s classic.

Sew the Winter to My Skin premieres on Monday 5 August on BoxOffice

Ezra Mabengeza, Nomhle Nkonyeni, Antoinette Louw, Brenda Ngxoli and Kandyse McClure star in this emotionally charged and beautifully filmed action-drama by acclaimed controversial South African filmmaker Jahmil X.T. Qubeka (Of Good Report). Set in the 1950s, it reimagines the historical 12-year manhunt for “the Samson of Boschberg”, John Kepe, a mid-century Robin Hood and stock thief, dubbed an outlaw by the ruling apartheid government, but a hero to the poor.

What Men Want premieres on Thursday 8 August on BoxOffice

Inspired by What Women Want, the 2000 romantic comedy that starred Mel Gibson, What Men Want sees the roles reversed as a dynamic sports agent (Taraji P Henson), undermined in her male-dominated profession, gains an unexpected advantage after she develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts.

What They Had premieres on Monday 5 August on BoxOffice

When Bridget’s mother falls victim to Alzheimer’s, her brother pleads with her to come home to help with the caregiving. Upon her return, she finds that not much has changed and her father’s refusal to accept the situation doesn’t make matters easy. Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster star in this insightful drama with moments of authentic humour that will make you recognise your own loved ones in its poignant study of a family in crisis.

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Television

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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