Hot Topics on Carte Blanche This Weekend: Gangs, Land Reform and Tourism

This week’s episode of Carte Blanche investigates some of the hottest current topics in South Africa – the Daveyton Gangs, Mpumalanga tourism under threat and land expropriation.

The show is available to South Africans abroad from Tuesday 18 September 2018 – if you subscribe to Showmax.

The community of Daveyton is under siege by gangsterism and drugs. Fed up with poor policing, this East Rand community took matters into their own hands with dire consequences.

Daveyton Gangs

Earlier this week, Police Minister Bheki Cele released this year’s South African crime statistics which shed some light on the increase of violent crimes and gangs throughout the country.

Daveyton in Gauteng is one such community which has been plagued by dangerous gangsters and brutal murders involving body mutilations.

Fed-up with poor policing, the enraged community finally took the law into their own hands, by beating a boy to death and necklacing a suspected teenage gangster! Carte Blanche investigates. (Producer: Sophia Phirippides, Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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Expropriation Without Compensation

After 20 years and R40-billion spent, the government says land reform has taken too long and experts say some redistributed farms have failed. Now, amid a polarising tug of war fuelled by misinformation, rhetoric and fear, government is trying to forge a way forward to address historical injustices through land expropriation without compensation. But what does it mean when land claimants obtain the land, without the business and resources to make it profitable? (Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein,Presenter: Claire Mawisa,Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude)

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Lowveld Tourism Under Threat

From the iconic Kruger National Park to breath-taking locations on the Panorama Route, the Mpumalanga Lowveld is one of South Africa’s prime tourism destinations. Just last year, it hosted more than 1,5 million foreign tourists and contributed 54% of the province’s tourism GDP. Now, escalating service delivery protests, with the barricading of key tourist routes, are disrupting the entire industry. Carte Blanche examines the roots of dissatisfaction and asks what is needed to bring tourism in the region back from the brink.(Producer: Stenette Grosskopf, Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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