Carte Blanche: New Hope for Heroin Addicts in SA, Saving Pangolins, Sewer Zama Zamas and High-Tech Rabbiting

Here’s this week’s extended 90-minute Carte Blanche line-up, available for South Africans in SA on Sunday and for expats from Tuesday by subscribing to Showmax International.

Opioid Substitution Therapy

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the world and millions of addicts are simply unable to overcome the addiction. In South Africa, heroin rehabilitation methods have proven to be a massive failure and up to 93% of addicts relapse. Now a pilot project in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, called Opioid Substitution Therapy, could give users and their families new hope. (Producer: Jacqui Jayamaha Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender)

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Coming up: Opioid Substitution Therapy

In South Africa, heroin rehabilitation methods have proven to be a massive failure, with up to 93% of addicts relapsing. But a new Opioid Substitution Therapy programme aims to give users and their families new hope. That’s 90 minutes of Carte Blanche this Sunday at 7pm on M-Net, DStv channel 101, and again at 8pm on M-Net Plus 1 channel 901. You can also watch the show live on the DStv Now app from 7pm.

Posted by Carte Blanche on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Saving Pangolins


It’s a cute, nocturnal and scaly creature, but few people will ever see one. The pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world, fetching up to R150 000 each on the black market. Across Africa, over a million have been removed from the wild over the last decade and South Africa is at the centre of the illegal trade. Carte Blanche goes undercover to infiltrate a dangerous syndicate of smugglers and stop them in their tracks.(Producer: Graham Coetzer Presenter: Claire Mawisa Researcher: Sasha Schwendenwein)

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Sewer Zama Zamas

If you want to know what poverty smells like, you have to go down one of Johannesburg’s sewers. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but it’s the life of destitute sewer zama zamas who brave exposure to chemicals, disease and flooding to find hidden treasure like jewellery, flushed down suburban toilets. Carte Blanche joins two expert sewer zama zamas to find out why they do it. (Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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Coming up: Sewer Zama Zamas

Concealed in Johannesburg’s sewers lies hidden treasure. But to get there, Sewer Zama Zamas must risk their lives and health to find it. Macfarlane Moleli follows them underground to see how they mine jewellery, money and other valuables just to survive. That’s 90 minutes of Carte Blanche this Sunday at 7pm on M-Net, DStv channel 101, and again at 8pm on M-Net Plus 1 channel 901. You can also stream the show live on the DStv Now app from 7pm.

Posted by Carte Blanche on Thursday, November 9, 2017

 High-tech Rabbiting

The riverine rabbit is one of the rarest mammals on the planet, with less than 300 of them remaining. Now a new project involving a specially-trained border collie with a GPS-enabled collar and a state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology is helping to save this endangered animal.  Carte Blanche joins the team working to prevent the total extinction of these elusive creatures. (Producer: Jason Boswell Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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Jessie Finds the Riverine Rabbit

Conservations are turning to Jessie the border collie to help track down the rarest mammal in South Africa – the Riverine Rabbit. Using Jessie’s keen sense of smell and cutting-edge thermal technology, finding these Karoo rabbits is becoming possible. Find out more tonight in an extended 90-minute episode of Carte Blanche at 7pm on M-Net, DStv channel 101, and again at 8pm on M-Net Plus 1 channel 901. You can also stream the show live via the DStv Now app from 7pm.

Posted by Carte Blanche on Friday, November 10, 2017

Forensic Future

Around the world, unidentified human remains are sitting at forensic sites, waiting for possible clues to their identities. They are potentially the loved ones of those still living and until now there’s been no way of telling for sure. But real life murder mysteries can now finally be resolved through cutting-edge forensics and massive developments in DNA testing, which work together to quite literally put a face to nameless victims. (This segment, by ABC Australia, will not be available to overseas subscribers.)

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