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This week, South Africa’s current affairs show Carte Blanche investigates how the outbreak of the deadly and highly contagious Parvovirus has led to the death now of around 100 puppies at a K9 police dog breeding facility in Gauteng.

Killing Canines: The Parvovirus

From vomiting to diarrhoea, the canine parvovirus (CPV) is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads between dogs… and if untreated, it can prove deadly.

In Gauteng, police service dogs are bred and trained at a specialised K9 facility that’s been overwhelmed by an outbreak of CPV and this year, over 30 state-owned puppies have died from the infection.

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But it’s not the first time that this virus has spread through this training centre and in just eight months, almost 100 puppies have died. Last year 76 puppies were killed by the Parvovirus.

Is this gross incompetence or another under-resourced state facility? Carte Blanche investigates in a programme produced by Nicky Troll and presented by Derek Watts.

Derek Watts on Carte Blanche, investigating the death of the K9 puppies from Parvovirus
Derek Watts on Carte Blanche, investigating the death of the K9 puppies from Parvovirus

Derek says: “While the country fights to contain COVID-19, there is another virus raging at a police K9 dog breeding and training facility in Gauteng. Two outbreaks of parvovirus have led to the agonising deaths of around 100 puppies in less than a year. Could implementing proper medical and hygiene protocols have saved them?”

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Also coming up on Carte Blanche, Sunday 5 July 2020

VBS Bank


For years, VBS Mutual was the bank of choice for thousands of people in Limpopo. But behind closed doors, some bank employees and government officials were involved in an intricate inside job, siphoning off millions from the accounts of unsuspecting clients. Now, could the ongoing investigation by the Hawks and the NPA into the corruption and fraud that plagued the embattled bank, finally put the criminals responsible behind bars? Carte Blanche unravels how this trusted entity left so many destitute. (Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Research: Mosibudi Ratlebjane & Tony Beamish | Presenter: Masa Kekana)    

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Cryptobot Investment Scheme Goes Haywire


With a Hawks investigation at a critical stage and criminal proceedings underway – Carte Blanche investigates why an apparent “fool-proof” cryptocurrency investment has crashed. Over 2000 investors fell for the promised returns on investments generated through an automated trading bot, programmed never trade to when the markets were down. But can so-called fail-safe algorithms ever guard against the risk of human error and greed? (Producer: Liz Fish | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

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The New Race to the Moon


SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule has docked with the International Space Station and this week started a series of spacewalks to swap out ageing nickel-hydrogen batteries for smaller, efficient lithium-ion batteries. As Earth’s resources take strain, Carte Blanche examines what lies behind the efforts of private corporations to develop rockets to get to the moon. With rich deposits of water ice that can be turned into fuel for space missions – is the moon now fit for human settlement and as a waystation for space-travel? (Producer: Eugene Botha | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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