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RMB Starlight Classics Brings AfroSymphonic Magic To M-Net This Easter

RMB Starlight Classics brings together a host of local and international music stars for a truly unique blend of classical, opera, pop and Afro-soul – all rolled into one thrilling AfroSymphonic celebration under the baton of Maestro Richard Cock – on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) on Easter Monday, 13 April at 15:30.

Recorded under starlit skies at the Johannesburg Country Club in September 2019, the 21st edition of RMB Starlight Classics features multi award-winning performer Zahara; international guest tenor Gaston Rivero; internationally-acclaimed lyric soprano Nombulelo Yende; piano virtuoso Charl du Plessis; international baritone Musa Ngqungwana; pop toe-tapper Lee Scott and The Voice South Africa’s Siki Jo-An. These solo stars combine with 2018 World Choir Games stars Quava Vocal Group and one of South Africa’s leading choirs, The Chanticleer Singers, for a series of performances that reinvigorate the classics and tune up some contemporary pop numbers for the RMB Starlight Classics stage.

From the moment the show opens with a reimagining of Antonín Dvořák’s ‘New World Symphony ‘to Siki Jo-An’s showstopping rendition of Miriam Makeba’s ‘Qongqothwane’ and beyond to Nombulelo Yende’s ‘Never Enough’ from The Greatest Showman, RMB Starlight Classics continues to surprise with unique collaborations and interpretations, bringing possibilities to life on stage in unprecedented ways.

There are few – if any – places where Edvard Grieg’s ‘Piano Concerto in A minor’ and Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ could flow into each other – but virtuoso pianist Charl du Plessis makes it seem effortless and beautiful, in equal measure. Keep an eye out for child prodigy crooner Joshua Bouwer as he threatens to steal the spotlight from the accomplished international stars on the Starlight stage…

Don’t miss the RMB Starlight Classics spring concert on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) on 13 April at 15:30.

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Count On Pasha To Raise The Temperature On The Bachelor SA

Vivacious 27-year-old dancer, Pasha dos Santos from Cape Town sent ripples of fury through The Bachelor SA mansion once again this week

All because of a date card from South Africa’s most eligible TV hunk, Marc Bucker. Marc invited her on SECOND one-on-one date, while some of the other gorgeous ladies in the house have not even had a chance to get to know him properly all on their own at all.

The name on the date card immediately infuriated the ladies, but what set them off even more, was Pasha’s nonchalant response to the invitation.

Although not being in the mood to see Marc, Pasha was pleasantly surprised with his efforts to impress her. Our Bachelor invited her to a couples Aerial Silks session, in other words, taking the time to do something he knows she enjoys. The already sexy session, was followed by another surprise sensual experience in the form of a couples massage. And then, the date got even more intimate. Marc grabbed the opportunity to massage Pasha, which quickly led to a rose, and then, their first real kiss.

Meanwhile, back at the mansion, the ladies couldn’t stop talking about Pasha: Is there a connection? What does he see in her? Why has he chosen her again? What does the date card mean? When she returned, her excitement wasn’t reciprocated and she felt rather uncomfortable sharing the details about her date.

Pasha’s relationship with the ladies in the mansion has been problematic right from the start, when Marc handed her the Wild Rose and she decided to steal the show’s first date from Marisia with it. Some of them also deemed her lap dance at the talent show as inappropriate.

She may not be in a good space with the ladies, but this week showed that she has a special place in Marc’s heart…

Emotions at the mansion

A number of girls at the mansion are questioning the status of their relationships with Marc, after Pasha received another one-on-one date. Emotions ran high for: Bridget who wanted to leave the mansion due to her feeling like there was no point in staying; Andeline who was offended that he gave every girl a rose on their one-on-ones, but didn’t give her one; and lastly, Jess.R who just spent the week before with him at a getaway in Namibia and handed him a letter.

A trip to a bygone era

Five beautiful ladies were invited to spend time with Marc on a romantic steam train date – at Reef Steamers – where they spent time together as a group, as well as one-on-one. The ladies were Marisia, Daniella, Bridget Gillian and Jess.C. Some of the ladies used the time to validate their relationships with Marc, ask some tough questions and to get to know him better. Bridget decided to use the valuable time to air house politics – much to the dislike of Marc. Regardless, he still offered her a rose to put her mind at ease about their relationship. At the end of the group date, he asked Gillian to join him for special breakaway time, where he also presented her with a rose.

A shady Cocktail Party

The vibe at the Cocktail Party was not a pleasant one, as Pasha felt like an outsider among the ladies. This lead to her throwing some shady comments throughout the night, as she felt like the ladies were gossiping behind her back. Her comment, “whisky for skinny girls”, upset many of the ladies in the house, especially Bridget, who felt like the comment was aimed towards her.

On a positive note, Rikki got her first kiss!… and it looked as though neither of them could get enough.

The Rose Ceremony

With eleven ladies left and three roses already handed out on dates, only seven roses were up for grabs. And, as feelings become more and more profound, Marc’s decision on which lady to send home only gets tougher. Towards the end of the Rose Ceremony, Daniella was the unlucky lady to find herself without a rose and had to say goodbye. Her parting words: “I did mention to Marc on our group date that if you don’t see anything, please send me home. But it is hard because I wasn’t able to really get to know him. I do believe in true love, and I do believe that everyone has that one person that they’re going to spend the rest of their life with. I do think I’ll meet someone and I do think I’ll fall in love and I’ll have the happily ever after – it’s just not with Marc,”.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now.

Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 22 March 2020

How seriously are we taking COVID-19? That’s Carte Blanche, this Sunday, 22 March 2020 at 19:00,
only on M-Net

H E A L T H C H E C K

Macfarlane Moleli: “It has been a really refreshing experience speaking to professionals about the spread of COVID-19. Many are saying that we will be okay, that our response and the response of the government has been swift. We just need to comply and practice sanitary measures all the time. As one of the victims of the virus told me: it’s not about contracting the virus, because we can survive. It’s about preventing the spread of the disease to people who might not survive.”

South Africa’s growing COVID-19 numbers

It’s been almost three weeks since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in South Africa. First one, then nine, then 85. Then within hours, the numbers tumbled over the 100 mark. Now as the country begins its own battles to flatten the so-called curve and prevent a massive spike in infections, Carte Blanche tracks some of the first patients to contract the highly contagious virus.
Producer: Nicky Troll | Research: Tony Beamish | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

I N V E S T I G A T I V E > E X P O S É

JMPD Trainees

The JMPD already has a reputation for some officers being corrupt and taking bribes. So when more than a thousand JMPD graduates were sent back to training, it became clear that there’s a deep-set problem. The JMPD, though, insists that their new officers were adequately trained and that the graduation ceremony last year is valid. So why then are the graduates not on active duty on the streets? Carte Blanche investigates.

Producers: Ntokozo Miya, Mduduzi Miya | Presenter: Derek Watts

More Gupta Deals Uncovered

The full cost of state capture is still being calculated by the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, but it seems the Gupta brothers were not the only ones to profit from lucrative government tenders. In an exclusive interview, one small business owner reveals how his 3D printing company was hijacked by the Guptas to allegedly use it to launder kickbacks from a multinational company. Was it usual global practice to pay so-called “Business Development Partners” to secure lucrative government contracts? Or was it straightforward corruption from a multinational software firm using a local small business as a front for Gupta kickbacks? Carte Blanche brings truth to light.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein | Presenter: Masa Kekana
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N A T U R A L W O N D E R

Seven Worlds, One Planet

David Attenborough’s new blockbuster series “Seven Worlds, One Planet” features brand new animal behaviours and cutting-edge technology, underpinned by an urgent message to take better care of the earth. From poaching to habitat loss and climate change – the world as we know it is under threat. Carte Blanche previews this phenomenal series that features breath-taking footage from every continent and takes wildlife storytelling to new levels.

Producer: Laura Byrne | Presenter: Derek Watts
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Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

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Thursday Night Is Local Production Night On M-Net 101

If you’re not part of the massive The Bachelor SA Season 2 following yet, or haven’t tuned into the brilliant new local drama series Still Breathing, you are missing out on great local entertainment. Luckily, you can binge-watch all the already-broadcast episodes of Still Breathing before enjoying the fourth episode, which premieres on M-Net 101 on Thursday night at 20:00. You can also see for yourself on DStv Catch Up how South Africa’s most eligible Bachelor, Marc Buckner handed out those coveted roses that keeps the gorgeous ladies in the show in the previous five episodes.

There are still 11 gorgeous ladies in the Bachelor mansion, all vying for Marc’s heart. In tomorrow night’s episode (Thursday, 19 March at 19:00), our Bachelor sends a cryptic date card to the ladies. He wants to spend more time with someone who has already had the luxury of getting to know him on a one-on-one date. How will the news go down with the ladies who have never been singled out for a date at all? The contentious – and sensuous – date also involves body oil, which means Marc will have to take off his shirt!

More reasons to watch The Bachelor SA this week:

  1. At last week’s rose ceremony, angel-faced active wear designer Jess.R, who Marc whisked off to Chobe in Namibia, handed him a mysterious letter. Should this even be allowed? Not if you ask her competition in the mansion!
  2. Kisses galore! Marc locks lips with more than one of the lovely ladies at the Cocktail Party.
  3. All the spice. Someone starts throwing shade at the Cocktail Party. But why?

Still Breathing, which follows The Bachelor SA on Thursdays at 20:00, follows the lives, loves and secrets of a group of friends who are brought together after the tragic death of their friend, Trent.

The lead roles in this poignant drama are portrayed by Kate Liquorish, Lorcia Kumalo, Shannon Esra, Ty Keogh, Brendan Pollecutt, Brandon Auret, Siv Ngesi, Susan Danford, Sean Taylor, Michéle Maxwell, Jane de Wet, Nandi Nyembe, Dorothy Ann Gould and Michael Richard.

Will the truth finally be revealed in this week’s episode of Still Breathing (Thursday, 19 March at 20:00)?

Viewers who may have missed the Prime Time broadcast of the above series’ can watch additional airings as follows:

  1. The Bachelor South Africa: Saturday, 21 March at 09:50, Sunday, 22 March at 14:50 and Monday, 23 March at 10:15.
  2. Still Breathing: Friday, 20 March at 00:00 and Sunday, 22 March at 22:15.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened every Thursday at 19:00 followed by Still Breathing at 20:00, on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also tune in on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now.

Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA and #StillBreathing on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

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M-Net Movies Presents A Pop-up Channel Shining The Light On Tom Cruise

M-Net Movies presents a pop-up channel with Hollywood’s ‘top gun’ Tom Cruise!

Cruise will control our DStv remotes from 20 March 2020

M-Net’s second pop-up channel for the year, M-Net Movies Presents Tom Cruise, is taking over channel 109 from 20 March 2020. As a special celebration to a magnificent cinematic career that has spanned four decades, DStv Premium audiences can enjoy almost every Tom Cruise film ever made – with thirty-eight movies featuring the Golden Globe winning mega star as a leading man or supporting actor. The earliest film in this Tom Cruise movie anthology curated by M-Net Movies is Taps from 1981 and the freshest addition is 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Cruise has carved out one of the most diverse and successful careers Hollywood has produced. Following his breakout performances in the teen comedy Risky Business, and as a testosterone-driven fighter pilot in Top Gun, blockbusters came thick and fast, such as Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Jerry McGuire, and the wildly successful Mission: Impossible series, to name just a handful. He has never been typecast; he can do it all.

The M-Net Movies Presents Tom Cruise Pop-Up Channel will start at 12:00 noon on weekends and will close around midnight. During the week, however, the Cruise films will be scheduled between 14:00 and midnight. With a variety of films on the channel, viewers can look forward to seeing the different types of Tom Cruise: Sporty Tom, Action Tom, Serious Tom, Sci-fi/Fantasy Tom and Sexy Tom.

Fans of The Mission: Impossible franchise also have to take note that these action-packed movies will be spread out over the first two weekends in prime time on channel 109 and will commence at 20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But on the last day of the pop-up on Sunday 05 April, there is a thrill-a-minute treat for viewers with back-to-back screenings of all the Mission: Impossible films. This movie marathon kicks off at 05:35 with Mission: Impossible and ends with Mission: Impossible – Fallout at 15:55.

“To date, M-Net Movies has entertained audiences with sixteen extremely popular Pop-Up channels and we predict that this one will be another winner,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “Tom Cruise is all the rage in 2020 and the channel leads-up to the much-anticipated Maverick, a sequel to Top Gun, a film that raised the bar in the action film genre by several notches.”

Maverick will hit the big screen 34 years after the original, which was the No 1 box office earner of 1986!

Remember, you can also enjoy these from your TV, laptop, tablet or cell phone on Dstv Now or DStv Catch Up. The titles will be available also on DStv CatchUp Plus via connected decoders for DStv Premium viewers.

Visit the M-Net Movies website for more schedules and more information at m-net.dstv.com/page/tom-cruise-pop-up-channel and join the conversation using the hashtag #MMoviesTomCruise.

The films on the M-Net Movies Present Tom Cruise Pop-Up channel 109 includes:

Sporty Tom:
Color Of Money, The, Days Of Thunder, All The Right Moves.

Sexy Tom:
Rock Of Ages, Cocktail, Eyes Wide Shut, Vanilla, Risky Business, Jerry Maguire, Magnolia.

Eyes Wide Shut – … We should be grateful…

Serious Tom:
Born On The Fourth Of July, Firm, The, Rain Man, Few Good Men, A, Last Samurai, The, Valkyrie, Lions For Lambs, Taps, Far And Away.

Sci-fi/Fantasy:
Legend, Oblivion, Minority Report, War Of The Worlds, Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Edge Of Tomorrow.

Action Tom:
Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Knight And Day, Collateral, Jack Reacher, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Knight And Day, Top Gun.

The M-Net Movies Presents Tom Cruise Pop-Up Channel titles:

  • Legend PG
  • Rock Of Ages 13SL
  • Color Of Money, The 13NL
  • Born On The Fourth Of July 16VSNL
  • Mission: Impossible PG13VL
  • Mission: Impossible II 13V
  • Mission: Impossible III 13VL
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 13VL
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 13V
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout 13VL
  • Firm,The 13VSL
  • Knight And Day 13VL
  • Oblivion PG13VL
  • Collateral 16VL
  • Far And Away 13V
  • Magnolia 18SL
  • Cocktail 13SNL
  • Rain Man 13SL
  • Top Gun PG13VL
  • Few Good Men, A 13VL
  • Jack Reacher 13VL
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 13VL
  • Last Samurai, The 16VL
  • Jerry Maguire 16SNL
  • Minority Report 13VSL
  • Eyes Wide Shut R18SNL
  • Valkyrie 16V
  • All The Right Moves 13SNL
  • War Of The Worlds PG13VL
  • Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles 16VN
  • Days Of Thunder PG13VL
  • Lions For Lambs 16VL
  • Mummy, The 16V
  • Edge Of Tomorrow PG13VL
  • Vanilla Sky 16VSNL
  • Tropic Thunder 16VL
  • Taps PG
  • Risky Business 16SNL
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 15 March 2020

Sunday 15 March 2020 at 19:00, only on M-Net

MONEY MATTERS

Counting the Costs of COVID-19

Now declared a global pandemic, the coronavirus is having a major impact on international financial markets. Uncertainty and fear of a worldwide recession sent stock markets spiraling down to new record lows. In South Africa, a trillion Rands in value was effectively wiped off the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in a single day, while US stocks fell 7% on Tuesday this week, forcing the US government to announce new economic measures to shore up the economy and lessen the impact of the virus. In Europe the Bank of England and the European Central Bank have both slashed interest rates in a in a desperate move to protect the UK and EU member states from the potentially catastrophic effect of COVID-19.

Producer: Eugene Botha | Presenter: Derek Watts

I N V E S T I G A T I V E > E X P O S É

Meerkats Uncovered

Cute as babies, but terrors when full-grown – meerkats are wild animals and keeping them as pets, without a permit, is illegal. This hasn’t stopped some South Africans from getting them on the black market. Carte Blanche goes undercover to expose a pet trader who is buying and selling meerkats to eager buyers, keeping this illegal trade flourishing.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf | Researcher: Laura Byrne | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

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Forensic Nurses in Limbo

A forensic nurse in every health facility by March 2020 – that was one of the remedies President Cyril Ramaphosa set out in his Emergency Action Plan, responding to last year’s nationwide protests against increased sexual violence. These specialised nurses can collect physical evidence, counsel rape victims and testify in court to put rapists behind bars – but only if they are duly accredited. Carte Blanche investigates why the president’s promises are far from being realised and confronts the South African Nursing Council on its failure to accredit forensic nurses.

Producer: Mosibudi Ratlebjane | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Masa Kekana: “Without whistle blowers, sources and the work of investigative journalists, much of what we know today about the Arms Deal, State capture and Gupta Leaks wouldn’t be possible. But when there’s evidence that certain members of state security have abused the seemingly flawed RICA legislation to spy on some of these journalists, we should all be concerned.”

RICA: Privacy Under Attack?

The RICA legislation regulates the intercepting of communication – which a court has to order – to allow the state to listen in on the conversations of suspected criminals. Otherwise, two people talking on the phone have the right to privacy. So what happens when the government uses this legislation to spy on journalists? Carte Blanche retraces the events that have unfolded all the way to the Constitutional Court when investigative journalist Sam Sole found proof that he too was being spied on.

Producer: Julian Sun | Presenter: Masa Kekana

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Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

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Marc And Marisia Get Steamy On The Bachelor SA

In this week’s sizzling episode of The Bachelor SA Cupid turned on the heat.

Bachelor Marc just couldn’t keep his hands off 24-year-old Afrikaans speech therapist, Marisia who was invited to a special one-on-one date in Maropeng. She may not have received the First Impression Rose, her first date may have been stolen by Pasha, and Qiniso may have bagged the first kiss – but – it was shy Marisia from Klerksdorp who was the first lady to experience an intense romantic connection with Marc.

To Marisia’s surprise, she was invited to the coveted one-on-one date for a second time, to “ride side-by-side” with Marc, who really wanted to get to know her better. The pair rode along to Maropeng, The Cradle of Humankind, where she was met with the most beautiful, romantic little date setup of cushions, roses, candles and blankets and not forgetting a stunning sunset as the backdrop. The couple got to know each other better emotionally, and then physically as the chemistry between them became increasingly intense… leading to a steamy and passionate encounter, that Marc eventually had to pull away from, admitting that he was getting “carried away”. Marisia, of course, went home with a rose, and Marc revealed in his diary session that there was perhaps too much chemistry for a first date. Does this make Marisia the new front-runner?

Back at the mansion, Marisia decided to keep all the juicy details of her date with Marc a secret, in fear of over-sharing with the ladies. The tactic may have worked, as Rikki said that no feathers were ruffled when Marisia walked in with a rose, as they don’t believe that they shared a connection. Well, surprise, surprise ladies!

The Bachelor mansion

Nolo and Bridget continue to be a topic of conversation in the house. Nolo attempts to make peace with Bridget but things take a turn for the worst as the rest of the girls jump in to confront Nolo about her stunt at the previous Cocktail Party. Bridget feels as though Nolo is the root of the problem and was seeking attention, and should be the one apologising. She eventually apologises to Bridget again, but, it wasn’t taken sincerely by Bridget, or any of the other girls, who have had enough of her antics.

Fun in the sun!

This week’s group date included a hunky shirtless Marc and six sexy ladies in bikinis at a waterpark. Marc enjoyed an afternoon alongside Pasha, Rikki, Pi, Nolo, Jess.C and finally, Silke who had been waiting to be invited to a date, since receiving the First Impression Rose. Pasha seemed to have hogged most of the time with Marc during the date, but it was Silke who was invited for some breakaway time. Silke finally got her chance to tell Marc how she feels and get to know him better, which in turn earned her a rose and secured her position in the house for an extra week.

Queen Nolo takes over the Cocktail Party… again

After a week of drama and dates, the ladies decided that Andeline would be the first girl to have a chat with Marc at the Cocktail Party, given that she hasn’t had much time with him since her arrival. But, of course, Queen Nolo doesn’t stick to the pact and infuriates the ladies by grabbing Marc first, with total disregard of girl code. This sends fury throughout the house and leaves her isolated for the duration of the night. Trying to salvage the bad decision on her part, Nolo attempts to apologise to Andeline, who then has an outburst and tells Nolo off, declining the apology. In other drama, Silke and Qiniso have a tiff, over who’s turn it was to chat to Marc. Silke took an opportunity to chat to Marc, as she really wanted to kiss him and see if the chemistry was there, but Qiniso wasn’t pleased as she was supposedly next in line, and immediately went to Marc to expose Silke for being two-faced. How will this little feud end?

The Rose Ceremony

For the first time this season, Marc sent home three ladies at the Rose Ceremony. Two roses had already been handed out to Marisia and Silke during their one-on-one time, leaving just eleven roses up for grabs for another chance to vie for Marc’s heart. In the end, it was time for Pi, Nolo and Stefanie to say goodbye. Nolo was sad to leave, as she would have loved to fall in love while Stefanie and Pi had no hard feelings, as there was no connection between them and Marc.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now.

Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 8 March 2020

Shock Reveal, “Bird Island” Withdrawn
This is an extended 90-minute broadcast.

Carte Blanche‎ this Sunday only on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], 23 February 2020 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

N V E S T I G A T I V E > E X P O S É

The Corrupt Billionaire: Isabel dos Santos

With a fortune estimated at around US$2.2 billion, Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos is under criminal investigation in her homeland. The BBC’s Panorama chronicles how the daughter of former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos has been exposed through the “Luanda Leaks” project, which saw around 715,000 documents like emails, contracts and accounts from 1980 to 2018 detail the billionaire’s business operations. While 30% of Angolans live on less than US$2 a day, this film investigates how Dos Santos exploited her country at the expense of ordinary Angolans.

Producer: BBC Panorama

Renal Roulette

They say it’s like playing Russian roulette with patients’ lives. With limited resources in the public sector for relatively pricey, but life-saving treatments like dialysis, state hospitals are forced to ration these services, resulting in thousands of patients not getting the urgent care they need. Carte Blanche investigates what the future holds for South Africans with chronic kidney disease if they don’t qualify for kidney transplants.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

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“The Lost Boys of Bird Island” Withdrawn

Billed as an exposé of former National Party cabinet ministers taking coloured boys for illicit rendezvous to Bird Island off Port Elizabeth in the 1980s, the controversial “Lost Boys of Bird Island” book has now been withdrawn by its publishers. Unsold copies have been removed from bookstores. We reveal new evidence that suggests key events depicted in the book could not possibly have happened and speak to Barend du Plessis, one of the minsters named in media reports on the book, who has been given a formal apology for being linked to the allegations.

Producer: Liz Fish | Presenter: Derek Watts

Residents Fight Back

It was a landmark ruling – the Makhanda High Court ordering the Makana Municipality to be dissolved and placed under administration for violating its constitutional mandate by failing to provide basic services to the community. Now as mismanagement and corruption continue to plague most municipalities around the country, this new court judgment is helping fed-up residents finally fight back.

Producer: Ntokozo Miya and Mduduzi Miya | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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The Ladies Are Fast And Furious On The Bachelor SA This Week

After two episodes of courting and cocktail parties, there are eighteen gorgeous ladies left in The Bachelor SA mansion, vying for the heart of this season’s big catch – successful business man and down-to-earth international model Marc Buckner.

This week, the action and drama accelerates with a high-adrenaline group date, during which the ladies have to beat Marc’s time on a skid course in a Toyota Supra.

Only a few of the ladies were handpicked for this group date, however, and from them he will only choose one for a break-way one-on-one date. Who will it be, and will she receive a rose to continue her love journey?

Expect more fast and furious antics in the third episode of The Bachelor SA. The sharks are out – literally and figuratively spoken!

Reasons why you cannot afford to miss all the action:

The claws are coming out in one of the three bedrooms occupied by the ladies. What’s happening in the purple room? Will it spiral out of control and influence Marc’s decisions at the rose ceremony?
Who’s getting the first kiss?

The girls are starting to speak their minds about their competition. Jealousy can be nasty…

What’s the status with Silke, Pasha and Mulesa? Even though Silke received the First Impression rose after impressing Marc with a drawing of his beloved rescue dog Luna, they haven’t spent much time together since. After stealing Marisia’s first individual date, Pasha bowled Marc over. And, Marc called Mulesa “one of the most beautiful women he has ever met”!

And, will Greta survive another rose ceremony. It was a near miss for the vivacious nail technician at the previous two rose ceremonies.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now.

Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 23 February 2020

Carte Blanche‎ this Sunday only on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], 23 February 2020 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

< INVESTIGATIVE >

The Construction Mafia

They’re known as the Construction Mafia – community groups who demand a cut in building projects around the country, sometimes even resorting to violence and intimidation to get their way. From some form of employment, sub-contracting to their small businesses or in some cases straight up cash – they say they’ll continue to hold construction sites to ransom until they receive their share. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

< MONEY MATTERS >

Upcoming Budget: Difficult Decisions

Amid another looming downgrade, with spiralling debt, weak growth and a slow pace of reform, last year’s medium-term budget gave a clear roadmap of what the government needed to do. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said reversing the trends required urgent action, but can he make the difficult decisions needed to save the economy?

Producer: Joy Summers | Presenter: Derek Watts

The Absolute Right to Inherit

Private wills are untouchable – as long as you are not financially responsible for minor children, you can pass on your assets or disinherit whomever you choose. But what if discrimination on grounds of being female, or adopted, excludes children in a family from what they believe should be theirs? In a legal first, the Constitutional Court is considering whether all children in a family have an equal right to inherit in a constitutional dispensation that promotes equality.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe | Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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< WILDLIFE HEROES >

Derek Watts: “When you look at the challenges facing the world and this country, one elephant may not seem to be all that much. But this little albino elephant called Khanyisa is a story of true survival and fighting against the odds, showing that cruelty doesn’t always win.”

Khanyisa – The Albino Elephant

Trapped in a snare for several days without food or water and seriously injured, Khanyisa – a rare albino elephant calf didn’t stand a chance. At just six months old, her herd eventually abandoned her, leaving her to battle the elements alone. Now with a little help from some friends, she’s on the road to recovery.

Producer: Sinethemba Nogude | Presenter: Derek Watts
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