Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 7 May 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 7 May 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00



Zuma: the final straw?

He was invited to give the key-note speech at one of the ANC’s tripartite alliance partners’ Workers day rallies in the Free State. But instead, embattled President Jacob Zuma was forced to abandon his moment in the spotlight. Booed, heckled and whisked away in his motorcade, workers attending the Cosatu rally rejected him, demanding that he step down as the country’s commander in chief. As the pressure mounts, Carte Blanche asks: what’s really keeping Zuma in power?

Producer: Johann Botha
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa


Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among South African women. For some, chemotherapy with its toxic side effects is the only route – but finding out whether or not you require chemo, is often a guessing game. Now with precision genomic testing, the DNA of cancer cells in the breast tissue can be analysed. Carte Blanche explores how the Mammaprint test could save some patients with early stage cancer, from having to go through the rigors of chemotherapy.

Producer: Carol Albertyn-Christie
Presenter: John Webb

Eskom Coal Contracts

Eskom has consistently denied that they have given the Gupta-owned company Tegeta Exploration and Resources any special favours. But the State of Capture report tabled by the public protector last year, called for further investigation into their coal contracts. Now, a leaked draft, report from Treasury, has recommended that a forensic audit firm investigates why Eskom continues to give preferential treatment to Tegeta. Carte Blanche digs into the dirty business of coal contracts.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Drakensberg Boys Choir: celebrating 50 years

In 1967, 21 pupils from around South Africa were selected to sing in what would one day become the internationally renowned, Drakensberg Boys Choir. Over the past 50 years, some of the country’s most celebrated, classically-trained musicians have passed through the school’s doors, using choral music as a vehicle for holistic education. Carte Blanche celebrates the angelic voices of this world-famous choir.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
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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: