Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 7 August 2022

The Ultimate Price

A thorn in the side of organised crime, and a spear in the fight for justice: that’s how colleagues describe Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear, a highly decorated detective. His investigations disrupted the complex patterns of gang warfare and police complicity on the Cape Flats in the Western Cape. It was a dangerous job at the best of times, and Kinnear should’ve enjoyed the support of his commanding officers. But according to an explosive new report, he was abandoned by his police bosses at the height of his investigations. Kinnear paid the ultimate price. After being tracked for weeks, he was gunned down on his doorstep. Now his wife, Nicolette, is demanding justice for her husband’s murder.

Producer: Marion Edmunds | Presenter: Masa Kekana

National Health Crisis

The sums don’t add up – in South Africa, over half the money spent on healthcare services only reaches 16 percent of the population. It’s a worrying figure, and a reflection of one glaring aspect of the country’s inequality crisis. But a plan is in motion – National Health Insurance (NHI). Carte Blanche catches up on the NHI juggernaut. Is it steamrolling on or trundling slowly towards completion? And on the ground, what are we having to live and die through as we wait for the transformation of South Africa’s healthcare system?

Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Rocky Road

Jaundré Kidson knew how notorious the N4 between Pretoria and Rustenburg was. It wasn’t roadworks or careless drivers that he feared, but the violent criminals known to be lurking in the shadows. Running along the border between two provinces, this road is the hunting ground for would-be robbers who set up spikes, rocks, and other homemade devices to cause tyre failure and force vehicles to a halt. In May this year, while travelling home with his wife and small baby, Jaundré had no other choice but to take this route. Careful as he was, he couldn’t have predicted that they would soon become the next targets of a violent group of criminals. Carte Blanche investigates the tragic circumstances which led to this young father losing his life.

Producer: Floris Kotze | Presenter: Derek Watts

Naked and Afraid

It’s a very public test of endurance – two strangers, meeting for the first time, bound by a single purpose: to survive 21 days in the wilderness while completely naked. Naked and Afraid is one of the most extreme and popular reality television shows and, when South African Warrick Harvey was offered the opportunity to participate, it was a dream come true. But after three weeks of living in the wild with no food, the reality of reality TV finally hit home. Painfully underweight and emotionally withdrawn, how did Warrick survive the torment that followed?

Producer: Tarryn Crossman | Presenter: Masa Kekana


Saving Lives at Tygerberg

Our most recent data indicate that well over 250 000 children have been assisted through these initiatives across the country.

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Where It All Began

In 2008, Carte Blanche launched an initiative to give back to communities through a series of programmes that will benefit South African hospitals and children.


Of Guns & Gangs

In the Cape Flats in the Western Cape, school children are often forced to run for cover during indiscriminate gun battles between rival gangs.

Zama Wars

Carte Blanche meets the communities caught in the crossfire and examines whether formalising artisanal mining could provide a way forward.

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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:

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