Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 26 December 2021

You’re the Best: Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 26 December 2021 at 19:00, only on M-Net

C E L E B R A T I O N

Honouring Healthcare Heroes

When the waves of the pandemic surge, we stay at home. But healthcare workers keep going to the frontline, taking enormous personal risks in a far-from-perfect health system. We honour the commitment, inventiveness and courage of healthcare professionals who serve and sacrifice despite the risks and limitations. To help us pay tribute and round off festive season celebrations on Boxing Day, the Mzansi Youth Choir joins the mix.

Producer: Sinethemba Nogude

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Vula Opens a New Way

It was a small little smartphone app that connected a few rural doctors to eye specialists at Tygerberg when Carte Blanche first reported on Vula Mobile in 2015. But it’s grown through word of mouth and by meeting the deep-seated need of junior doctors for quick advice. Now, Vula connects doctors to on-call specialists in 53 disciplines, serving one patient a minute. The mountains of data that the app collects in the process means the health system can be moulded and respond in real time – all for the benefit of patients. Meet the doctor-turned-innovator whose vision has fuelled this revolution.

Producer: Liz Fish | Presenter: Masa Kekana

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Answering the Call

It’s difficult for anyone who isn’t a nurse to appreciate the loss, grief, insomnia and isolation that come with caring for COVID-19 patients. It took a heavy toll on registered nurse Mpumi Ndabula, and the system simply failed to give her the mental health support she – and many of her colleagues – needed. Nurses soldier on, their sacrifice often unseen. But Carte Blanche meets this special human on the other side of burnout where her calling to care has been firmly reignited.

Producer: Busisiwe Gumede-Chizhanje | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Kids Kicking Cancer

Seeing children suffer and in pain is difficult for parents and doctors alike, and helping them deal with cancer calls for a multi-pronged approach. Carte Blanche meets some courageous children benefitting from an innovative programme that draws on the discipline and principles of karate to fight through the worst days.

Producer: Sinethemba Nogude | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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Ubuntu Goes Viral

Too much of the “sound and fury” that erupts on social media daily can be divisive and fake. But this year also saw some real overnight social media superstars. From Pretoria’s so-called Cabbage Bandit, to the tough-guy CIT driver whose dashcam video clip caused a sensation, to Sandiswa Kula’s birding photos wrapped in charming village stories from the rural Eastern Cape. Carte Blanche celebrates the everyday heroes who unintentionally brought back the spirit of ubuntu.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf | 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: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/