This Week on Carte Blanche: Fish Poaching in Hangberg and Prescribed Minimum Medical Aid Benefits

This week’s episode of Carte Blanche, screened on Sunday in South Africa, is available to South Africans abroad from Tuesday 25th September 2018 – if you subscribe to Showmax.This week’s topics include:

Hangberg on Edge

Missing and presumed dead, small-scale fisherman Durick van Blerk disappeared overboard after a confrontation with anti-poaching police patrol in August.

For generations, fishers like Van Blerk, from Hangberg in Hout Bay, have relied on the sea to put food on the table but a decade of bureaucratic bungling and government red tape withheld fishing permits and forced them to turn to poaching. For many fishers of Hangberg in Hout Bay it has become the only way to put bread on the table.

Carte Blanche tracks the deadly events that sparked community protests, leading the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to launch an inquiry into police action. (Producer: Annalise Lubbe,Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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Prescribed Minimum Benefits

PMBs were designed by government to ensure all medical aid members get access to basic care, no matter what plan they’re on. Implemented in 2000, a list of 270 acute, 25 chronic, and some emergency conditions have to be paid from medical schemes’ general risk pools. Instead, some medical aids force members to pay from their own pockets, using up their savings before the year is out. Amid soaring health costs, Carte Blanche investigates the failure of PMBs to help the sickest members of medical aid schemes. (Producer: Este de Klerk, Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender, Researcher: Laura Byrne)

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