Carte Blanche‎ Calls for Action: Devastating Karoo Drought, Sex Grooming School Ring

Carte Blanche revisits the towns in the Northern Cape where the economy is collapsing under the weight of destitute workers in drought-stricken areas where almost 60 000 workers in the region have lost their jobs and more.You can watch the “Calling for Action” episode on Sunday 06 Oct on DStv Now if you’re in SA, and stream it from Tues 08 Oct on Showmax International in most other countries. 

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Karoo Drought at Crisis Point

karoo drought

Known to be arid and unforgiving at the best of times, the worst of times has now beset the Central Karoo. The rains have come for most drought-stricken areas across the country, but in this crucial sheep-producing area, it’s been six dry years and counting.

60 000 workers in the region have lost their jobs. Carte Blanche revisits the towns where the economy is collapsing under the weight of destitute workers and their families seeking refuge, the only meal many children get is provided by the schools’ feeding scheme as farmers and the town businesses are forced to retrench workers.


Claire Mawisa says: “I know we have drought fatigue and we’re tired of hearing the stories… But people’s lives are at risk here in the Northern Cape. It is heart-breaking, as I feel like these are the forgotten people!”

(Producer: Liz Fish | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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School of Shattered Dreams

For a number of girls and boys attending a well-known dance academy in Gauteng, dreams of making it big on the stage have turned to dust as they say they were exposed to a sex grooming ring in the school. Speaking out for the first time, three of the learners and their mothers reveal how the allegations of grooming and assault were reported to police. Carte Blanche investigates.(Producer: Kate Barry | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

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EMPOWERING > ENLIGHTENING

A Defence against Allergies? #GlutenFree Update

An asthma attack, the dreaded breakout of hives, and near death experiences – that’s what many people suffering from food allergies risk every day with every meal. Research shows that high antibiotic exposure, environmental changes, genetics and fast food ingestion are just some of the factors which can cause allergies – but is there another way to prevent them early on in life? Now, results from a ground-breaking South African study focusing on the impact of exposure to a rural environment and farm animals, could hold the answers to reducing the prevalence of food allergies.(Producer: Mart-Marie Faure | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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One More Orbit

They stood at the precipice of history, a rare opportunity to pay tribute to one of the greatest historical events of our time – the moment the Apollo 11 lifted off from earth, destination, the moon. Now, exactly 50 years later, the One More Orbit international flight crew which included South African Jeremy Ascough took on the adventure of a lifetime, setting out to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the earth via the north and south poles. It was a feat attempted by others twice before, but this time, the team intended to finally obliterate the record. With a staggering 54 hours and 7 minutes to beat, could they do it? (Producer: Michael Duffett | Presenter: Derek Watts)

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Carte Blanche is on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 6 October 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

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