Coming Up On Carte Blanche – Extended 90 Minute Broadcast – 12 November 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 12 November 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00



Please note: this an extended 90-minute broadcast

Saving Pangolins

It’s a cute, nocturnal and scaly creature, but few people will ever see one. The pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world, fetching up to R150 000 each on the black market. Across Africa, over a million have been removed from the wild over the last decade and South Africa is at the centre of the illegal trade. Carte Blanche goes undercover to infiltrate a dangerous syndicate of smugglers and stop them in their tracks.

Producer: Graham Coetzer
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Researcher: Sasha Schwendenwein

Opioid Substitution Therapy

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the world and millions of addicts are simply unable to overcome the addiction. In South Africa, heroin rehabilitation methods have proven to be a massive failure and up to 93% of addicts relapse. Now a pilot project in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, called Opioid Substitution Therapy, could give users and their families new hope.

Producer: Jacqui Jayamaha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Sewer Zama Zamas

If you want to know what poverty smells like, you have to go down one of Johannesburg’s sewers. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but it’s the life of destitute sewer zama zamas who brave exposure to chemicals, disease and flooding to find hidden treasure like jewellery, flushed down suburban toilets. Carte Blanche joins two expert sewer zama zamas to find out why they do it.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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Forensic Future

Around the world, unidentified human remains are sitting at forensic sites, waiting for possible clues to their identities. They are potentially the loved ones of those still living and until now there’s been no way of telling for sure. But real life murder mysteries can now finally be resolved through cutting-edge forensics and massive developments in DNA testing, which work together to quite literally put a face to nameless victims.

Producer: ABC Australia

High-tech Rabbiting

The riverine rabbit is one of the rarest mammals on the planet, with less than 300 of them remaining. Now a new project involving a specially-trained border collie with a GPS-enabled collar and a state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology is helping to save this endangered animal.  Carte Blanche joins the team working to prevent the total extinction of these elusive creatures.

Producer: Jason Boswell
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

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Moedertaal At The Fugard

Limited run: 14 Nov – 2 Dec 2017
Met Engelse boskrifte | With English surtitles

Featuring South African icon Sandra Prinsloo and writer/director Nico Scheepers, Moedertaal comes to Cape Town fresh off the festival circuit where it pulled full houses and standing ovations.

Moedertaal is the next installment in Sandra Prinsloo’s trifecta of one-person plays, started so beautifully with Die Naaimasjien and Oskar en die pienk tannie. And now, Moedertaal, performed by Prinsloo in a raw and moving journey through life, filled with love, honesty and laughter.

Previously seen on the Fugard Theatre stage in Wie’s bang vir Virginia Woolf and So Ry Miss Daisy, multiple award-winning icon Sandra Prinsloo needs no introduction. Doyenne of the South African stage, she brings a fire to every part that cannot be denied.

Director Nico Scheepers, who also wrote the play and composed the music, is one of the most exciting young theatremakers in South Africa. His acclaimed productions include Wentel with Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Rooivalk (kykNET Fiësta award winner for Best New Afrikaans production and Best Play) and Amper Vrystaat. In 2017 he directed and produced Hemelruim, which enjoyed a hugely successful run in the Fugard Studio Theatre.

Moedertaal is performed in Afrikaans with English surtitles.

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Met Suid-Afrikaanse ikoon Sandra Prinsloo en regisseur Nico Scheepers, kom Moedertaal in Kaapstad aan, vars van die feeskringloop waar dit vol sale en staande ovasies geniet.

Moedertaal is die volgende aflewering in Sandra Prinsloo se driekuns van eepersoon-produksies, so beeldskoon begin met Die Naaimasjien en Oskar en die pienk tannie. En nou, Moedertaal, vertolk deur Prinsloo in ’n rou en hartroerende reis deur die lewe, gevul met liefde, humor en leed.

Voorheen te sien op die Fugard Teater verhoog in Wie’s bang vir Virginia Woolf en So Ry Miss Daisy, kort veelbekroonde ikoon Sandra Prinsloo geen bekendstelling nie. Doyenne van die Suid Afrikaanse verhoog, sy bring ’n onblusbare vuur na elke rol wat meesleur.

Regisseur Nico Scheepers, wie ook verantwoordelik was vir die teks en die musiek, is een van die mees opwindende jong teatermakers in Suid Afrika. Sy bekroonde produksies sluit in Wentel met Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Rooivalk (kykNET Fiësta wenner vir Beste Nuwe Afrikaanse Produksie en Beste Aanbieding) en Amper Vrystaat. In 2017 behartig hy die regie en vertaling van Hemelruim, wat ongelooflik suksesvol was in die Fugard Studio Teater.

Moedertaal is in Afrikaans met Engelse boskrifte.

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Tracey Lange And Chris Jaftha To host Dancing With The Stars SA!

Tracey Lange and Chris Jaftha to co-host Dancing With The Stars South Africa on M-Net 101

Early in 2018, M-Net 101 will be adding yet another spectacular show to its sizzling Sunday night line-up. The channel has confirmed that, with the help of highly skilled professional Latin and Ballroom dancers, 12 untrained local celebrities will be putting their best foot forward to compete in a proudly South African version of the BBC Worldwide format Dancing With The Stars.

This glamorous, body-twisting, fox-trotting, cha-cha-cha-rrific extravaganza will be broadcast live from the very first episode on Sunday, 4 February 2018.

Even though M-Net is keeping the identity of the six male and six female celebs, as well as the professional dancers and esteemed judging panel under wraps for now, the names of the two presenters have been made public. The South African version of the hit series, which has been licensed to over 50 countries around the world, will be co-hosted by bubbly radio and television presenter Tracey Lange and suave musical theatre actor and model, Chris Jaftha.

“M-Net is leaping with excitement about creating this glitzy, classy and fun show for the enjoyment of our viewers,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity Lani Lombard. “Dancing With The Stars oozes all of the glamour, drama, and magical moments that M-Net 101 has become known for and Tracey and Chris are the perfect pair to host the fast-paced live broadcasts.”

“They are both seasoned professionals who love the razzle dazzle of showbiz. But they are also witty and sassy and have a wonderful on-screen chemistry that will make everyone feel at home.”

As a radio presenter Tracey has a decade’s experience behind the microphone under her belt. She currently hosts her hugely popular radio show on Heart FM, and has been a presenter on kykNET’s magazine show Bravo! for the past three years. Chris Jaftha is also no stranger to the limelight. Amongst his accolades, Chris has been voted as Mzansi’s Sexiest Man and is a seasoned model, dancer, musical theatre performer and actor who has been in the business for over ten years.

“I can’t begin to describe my excitement at the thought of being part of a show of this stature,” Tracey raves. “Hosting Dancing With The Stars SA is better than a dream come true and I feel that it’s made for me: a show that entertains and allows us to make people happy through the magic of dance. Viewers will also get to glimpse a side of our favourite local celebrities that we never get to see.”

Chris shares his co-host’s sentiments: “I’m thrilled to be a part of what is to be a first for M-Net and a format that has entertained audiences across the globe for years. I still don’t think we’ve grasped how big it’s going to be! And I can’t wait to be working with my co-host Tracey Lange.”

Dancing With The Stars SA is produced for M-Net by the multi-award winning Rapid Blue and will be broadcast live on M-Net channel 101 from February 2018. But which celebrities will be gracing the gleaming dance floor? All M-Net is willing to reveal at this stage is that they come from different backgrounds and have become famous for conquering the worlds of acting, comedy, sport and television.

The popular dance competition was licensed to M-Net by BBC Worldwide. Joel Churcher, Vice President and General Manager for BBC Worldwide, Africa said: “Dancing With The Stars is one of the most successful international television formats in the world and has been licensed to over 50 countries from Sweden to Brazil. We are thrilled to be able to take our biggest global format to a large South African audience through this new agreement with M-Net, the perfect home for the most glitzy and glamorous competition on television which is sure to take SA by storm.”

In addition to Dancing With The Stars SA, M-Net is also producing another season of Survivor SA in 2018. For more information about M-Net’s impressive new local slate, visit


Italy Comes Alive At Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau Theatres From 10 To 12 November 2017

Italy comes alive at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau Theatres

The third annual Johannesburg Italian Film Festival (JIFF) takes place at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank – FREE ENTRY

JIFF will run from 10 – 12 November 2017

Ster-Kinekor Nouveau enthusiasts will get a taste of Italy at the Johannesburg Italian Film Festival (JIFF), which will run from 10 – 12 November 2017. Acclaimed Italian actor, Raoul Bova, will visit South Africa for this much-anticipated festival.

The third annual Johannesburg Italian Film Festival (JIFF), which is held under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg, returns to Rosebank Cinema Nouveau from 10-12 November. “The main purpose of the annual JIFF, is to create a platform through which to celebrate the joy and magic of Italy’s big screen,” says Claudio Coci, President of the CCIS and curator of the festival. “Italy has a very long, rich and influential cinematic history and JIFF, which is a free festival, aims to share this with an enthusiastic South African film-loving public,” he adds.

This year, the festival features the films of acclaimed actor Raoul Bova, who is known to a broader

audience thanks to mainstream Hollywood films such as Under the Tuscan Sun, All Roads Lead to

Rome and The Tourist. Bova will be travelling to Johannesburg to open the festival at an invitation only, gala evening on 9 November 2017.

JIFF takes place at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank and entry is free. The schedule includes the following Italian films, all of which feature Raoul Bova:

La finestra di fronte / Facing Windows: Friday, 10 Nov 2017 at 2:30 pm
A young married couple whose relationship is hitting the rocks take in an old man struggling to remember his past. As Giovanna and her husband continue to grow ever more estranged from each other, the old man’s moral dignity remains the one thing left that holds Giovanna back from embarking on an affair with her handsome neighbour (Raoul Bova).

Io l’Altro / Me the Other: Friday, 10 Nov 2017 at 5:30 pm
Giuseppe (Raoul Bova), a Sicilian fisherman, and Yousef (Giovanni Martorana), an exiled Tunisian, share a friendship, a fishing business and ‘Medea’ the vessel on which they ply their trade. While at sea Giuseppe hears a radio broadcast about a wanted terrorist with Yousef’s name and in a fit of paranoia locks his friend up in the ship’s cabin. A gripping and claustrophobic thriller set at sea that plays with the fears of the post-9/11 generation.

Sbirri / Cops: Saturday, 11 November 2017 at 2:30pm
A documentary drama based on a true story. After his son dies from an ecstasy overdose, a well-known TV journalist decides to follow the drug squad in their fight against drug trafficking in Milan. Filmed in a verite style the movie follows this grieving parent on a journey into the dangerous Italian underworld.

I Siciliani / The Sicilians: Saturday, 11 November 2017 at 5:30pm
A documentary film by Francesco Lama that looks at the complex identity of the people of Sicily. Seeking to move beyond the indifference to corruption, mafia and other problems that have marred the island, Lama’s film instead highlights the traditions, food and rich multi-cultural heritage that make Sicily one of the Mediterranean’s most compelling destinations.

Sei mai stata sulla luna / Have You Ever Been to the Moon: Sunday, 12 November 2017 at 2:30PM
Guia is 30 years old, she works in a prestigious international fashion magazine, she drives a convertible, she travels by private jet and lives between Milan and Paris. She has everything, or at least she thought she had it all, until she finds herself in a remote village in Apulia where she starts falling for Renzo, a handsome local farmer.

Scusate se esisto / Do you see me: Sunday, 12 November 2017  at 5:30PM
In this gender-bending comedy an accomplished and well-travelled architect returns home to Italy to find work, quickly discovering that her native country is not as open-minded about her abilities as a strong, professional female. Initially, she struggles to find a job she truly loves and is passionate about before realising that if she passes herself off as a man, she might have more success.

Bookings details

Tickets are available at the various cinema box offices one hour before each screening starts. Please arrive timeously to avoid disappointment.

For more information about Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau, please visit the website at or download the SK App. For news and updates, go to Facebook pages: Ster-Kinekor Theatres and follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @sterkinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

For the full schedule visit JIFF has been running since 2015.


Coming Up On My Kitchen Rules SA: Hasta La Pasta!

My Kitchen Rules SA teaser
Hasta la Pasta, baby!

Last week on My Kitchen Rules SA, the Top 6 remaining teams of home cook pairs bid a sad farewell to food dudes Rein and Rowan from Krugersdorp. That means that in this Sunday’s jam-packed episode, there will be yet another challenge before a surprising Sudden Death cook-off, after which one more team will be sent packing!

The challenge for this week is a tag-team effort and freshly made pasta is the name of the game. With the clock ticking, the teams will be under immense pressure to work like they never have before, with only one team member being allowed to cook in a 20 minute interval, before tagging their team mate in to cook for the next 20 minutes. Moreover, judges David Higgs and J’Something are going to be more stringent than ever when critiquing the final dishes put before them. After all, the road to the finale and the grand prize of R1 Million is becoming shorter and shorter and there is little room for error of any kind.

Mother and daughter team from Cradock, Lani and Louzel, will have an advantage in this week’s pasta challenge since they won the People’s Choice challenge last week. But will this advantage give them a misguided sense of confidence, or will they play it strategically?

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast every Sunday night on M-Net channel 101 at 18:00. Viewers can visit to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.