Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 4 August 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 4 August 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

The Army and the Gangs

Boots on the ground – that’s what communities demanded as gangs continued to terrorise some parts of the Western Cape. Now the army is in town, patrolling some neighbourhoods while supporting the police in their operations to put an end to the violence. With a three month timeline and the clock ticking down, will a thousand-strong, well-trained military be the difference?

Producer: Michael Duffet
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Bradley Steyn and the Strijdom Square Massacre

Former uMkhonto weSizwe and apartheid police spy Bradley Steyn is still haunted by the Strijdom Square massacre he witnessed over thirty years ago. A teenager at the time, Steyn came face-to-face with the Wit Wolf, Barend Strydom, who killed eight people in cold blood, and injured sixteen more. For Steyn, it sparked a career in intelligence and a mission that continued to this day, to honour those who died on that fateful day. Carte Blanche recounts the events of the latter 1980s that painted a sombre picture of where racism and hate could lead the country.

Producer: Carol Albertyn Christie
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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The Lenasia Land Grabs

As shacks proliferate on the land around Lenasia South, we analyse a tense standoff between the homeless and suburban residents. Is this a spontaneous need for land and shelter, a politically-orchestrated campaign to grab land or the work of local stakeholders out to make a quick buck? We investigate allegations of land invaders paying cash to take up plots of State-owned land and reveal a community torn apart by a State that appears helpless to stop the escalating tensions.

Producer: Graham Coetzer
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Travel Nightmares

Imagine planning your dream international vacation – an escape to a beautiful beachside resort with your family in tow or a magical honeymoon to dive and snorkel in the Maldives. You trust a travel agency with some sweet holiday packages to book and pay for air tickets and luxury accommodation. Now imagine the agency makes off with all your hard-earned money and not a single booking made. That’s the nightmare facing several clients of Cape Town based travel agency. Carte Blanche tracked down the elusive owners.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Derek Watts
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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: