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Unique International COVID-19 Documentary Ripple Effect: First Wave On M-Net 101 Tonight

M-Net has acquired the rights to screen the engaging and important international COVID-19 documentary: Ripple Effect: First Wave. This unique doccie was filmed across fourteen countries on five continents and looks at the costly, unknown threat that brought the world to a standstill. Making it available to African television audiences as quickly as possible, M-Net 101 viewers can watch Ripple Effect: First Wave tonight (Wednesday, 13 May) at 19:00. It will also be available on DStv Catch Up after the M-Net 101 broadcast.

Produced in under six weeks, while the production teams were under various forms of lockdowns and social distancing rules, Ripple Effect: First Wave is narrated by UK podcaster Hannah Maguire. As the documentary seeks to address the cause and effect of this unprecedented pandemic, it features the personal stories of COVID-19 victims, survivors, frontline workers, and their families and friends. It also weaves together the voices of the topmost experts from around the globe in various fields such as infectious diseases, viral pathology, world economics, political science, and more. They explain the cause and effect of this virus in simple terms.

Ripple Effect: First Wave is the handiwork of Kevin Fox, Ellen Douglas, Liz Levenson, and Benn Watson and a co-production between Cactus Tree Entertainment and Toronto-based RMI. It is dedicated to Levenson’s father, Maury Levenson, who died on April 11 from COVID-19.

While Ripple Effect, First Wave takes up the 19:00 slot tonight, the tenth and final season of the police drama Hawaii Five-O will still commence next week (Wednesday 20 May) at 19:00.

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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.