Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 29 May 2022

Wheeling & Dealing

The perennial scourge of driver’s licence fraud seems to be intensifying with touters running scams from the parking lots of licensing centres. Administrative delays create a fertile breeding ground for new and varied twists on the theme. The new online booking system, meant to streamline the process and eliminate corruption, has seen scamsters take full advantage of new loopholes. In an investigation that takes a national turn, Carte Blanche exposes the pressures on drivers to renew their license cards, propelling many into acts of desperation that have cost them thousands.

Producer: Kate Barry | Researcher: Ayanda Charlie | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Harbouring Criminals

The iconic Hout Bay harbour – top of the itinerary for many visitors to Cape Town, if only for the best serving of snoek and chips in the country – is being torn apart by copper thieves, tik addicts, vandals, and opportunistic criminals. Why is the Department of Public Works and the Harbour Master doing almost nothing to change the fortunes of the once-thriving harbour? What could have been a hub of economic progress for the communities that depend on the infrastructure of the harbour is fast becoming a no man’s land, stripped bare of anything that could earn pilferers quick cash.

Producer: Liz Fish | Presenter: Derek Watts

Dude, Where’s My Stuff?

In a saga of loss, betrayal and frustration, Carte Blanche investigates the business offering of a Cape Town logistics company that left several emigrating clients antsy. Dodging complaints with the most creative excuses for failing to deliver possessions – from shipping delays, containers not being offloaded, and truck strikes – we go in search of actual answers. Assuming the company was up to the task to deliver their goods safely and timeously, how did some items end up dumped on strangers’ doorsteps – in the wrong country?

Producer: Annalise Lubbe | Presenter: Derek Watts

Just Like Magic

From selling vetkoek streetside, to wowing audiences – Uncle Black Jack’s story is simply magical! But performing on Johannesburg’s glittering stages didn’t just happen with the flick of a wand; Uncle Black Jack had to walk a difficult road after immigrating from war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, arriving in South Africa with little to his name. His childhood dream of becoming a respected magician kept him going and now, more than a decade later, he’s considered one of magic’s rising stars.

Producer: Hein Kaiser | Presenter: Masa Kekana

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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/

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