Coming Up On Carte Blanche 25 September 2016

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 25 September 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Universities on a Knife-Edge

Almost a year after the #feesmustfall campaign brought campuses to their knees, universities have again braced against student backlash, violent protests and nationwide campus chaos. After a 2016 fee hike freeze, this week Minister Blade Nzimande announced universities should individually determine their fee increases—capped at eight percent for 2017. Carte Blanche investigates the future of South African universities and meets brave students determined to complete degrees while living hand-to-mouth.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: John Webb
Researcher: Chwayitisa Futshane

Phosphate Mining and the Famous Flowers

Mining rights have been granted to the Elandsfontein mine, located on a private reserve bordering the West Coast National Park. Carte Blanche asks: Was a proper Environmental Impact Assessment done and could the looming shadow of phosphate mining spell disaster for the Langebaan lagoon and its fragile biosphere—including South Africa’s world famous West Coast flowers?

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Researcher: Tony Beamish

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Paralympic Heroes

They’ve returned home from the Rio Games with a total of 17 medals, having excelled in events as varied as swimming, shot-put, running, long jump, javelin and more. Carte Blanche meets the heroic Paralympic athletes who have overcome seemingly insurmountable personal and professional odds to do the nation proud.

Producer: Carol Albertyn and Nicky Troll
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Researcher: Laura Byrne

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The Internet of Things

Our physical world is fast becoming a single, great interconnected information system. From smart phones to smart cars and smart cities, the possibilities seem limitless. Carte Blanche asks: what sort of risks are we facing in a world controlled by devices that increasingly monitor and connect our every move?

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb: