Carte Blanche: Abalone Poaching Driving Shellfish to Extinction, Mugabe Falls, Maternity UIF and Boxing Grannies

Here’s this week’s Carte Blanche line-up, available for South Africans in SA on Sunday and for expats from Tuesday through Showmax International…

Abalone Poaching

Abalone poaching is rampant and it’s driving shellfish to extinction in South Africa. We catch poachers red-handed, brazenly diving in broad daylight with bags of abalone. Carte Blanche asks: why are authorities still struggling to get this illegal trade under control? (Producer: Annalise Lubbe,Presenter: John Webb)

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Mugabe Falls


As millions of Zimbabweans celebrated the resignation of Robert Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former right–hand fist, prepares to take over the reins as interim president of the country. But will he return the country to democracy, or will his past as leader of the Central Intelligence Organization and architect of the Matabeleland massacres be the blueprint for the future? (Producer: Kate Barry, Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli, Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude.)

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Maternity UIF

Maternity UIF payments are often the only source of income new mothers receive in their first few months with a new baby. But it seems the Department of Labour has been falling behind in these pay-outs and hundreds of desperate women aren’t receiving payments due to them. Carte Blanche investigates. (Producer: Stenette Grosskopf,Presenter: Claire Mawisa, Researcher: Laura Byrne)

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Boxing Grannies

Gogos are packing a punch in a bid to win the battle against old age. Twice a week, women between the ages of 60 and 75, are learning to “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, as they train with a former body builder in Cosmo City. The training is tough and the fitness regimes are exhausting, but it’s giving these women a new lease on life. Carte Blanche enters the ring with these extraordinary women. (Producer: Nicky Troll,Presenter: Nhlanhla Sehume)

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