Carte Blanche: Farmer, Unpaid Workers and Businessman Unite to Create a Miracle at Sun Valley Citrus

This Sunday Carte Blanche reveals the incredible and miraculous follow-up story of what happened to Sun Valley Citrus. Last year the future of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) citrus farm was in jeopardy, with a feud in the area leaving scores dead and hundreds facing the loss of their jobs.

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QUEST:  Sweet Harvest

In November last year, the current affairs show exposed how internecine violence had brought the multi-million Rand Sun Valley Citrus estate close to a standstill. Investors had fled and workers were in danger as 40 people had already been murdered in the Weenen area. The farm’s future as the largest employer in the district hung in the balance.

But nine months later, a most unlikely miracle is taking shape, says Carte Blanche. Peace has returned and, with the commitment from a local beef farmer, a businessman and 120 workers who worked together for months without being paid, the sun is rising again over the farm. Carte Blanche returned to the valley to bring a story of hope against incredible odds.


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Carte Blanche says: “Unwilling to see their futures lost, 120 employees of the Sun Valley Citrus estate worked for months without salaries and a whole lot of faith that they could turn around the farm that had been the lifeblood of their valley. How did they do it?” (Producer: Joy Summers| Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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This weekend’s Carte Blanche – an extended 90-minute broadcast concluding Women’s Month in August – commemorates the struggle of every woman who has suffered under what President Cyril Ramaphosa has labelled “the second epidemic” – gender-based violence – especially under lockdown.

Carte Blanche celebrates the women and men who, undeterred, fight for justice.

You can watch the show on Sunday 23 August in South Africa on DStv Now or stream it on Showmax International overseas in most countries from Tues 25 August.

Also what’s on Carte Blanche this Sunday 23 August:

THE SECOND PANDEMIC:

PRESENTER CLAIRE MAWISA SAYS: “What can we do to stop gender-based violence?” I put this question to the individuals I interviewed for this week’s stories, and every one of them gave me a different answer and idea. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet. The solution is multi-layered. It requires dialogue within families, support from communities, effective policing, and committed prosecutors. The responsibility of keeping our women and children safe is not “theirs” – it’s ours. Yours and mine. So the question should be directed to you: What did you do today to help keep the most vulnerable safe?”

A Protection Order or a Useless Document?

Imagine having to spend your life running, changing jobs and cities every few months just to get away from your abuser – this despite having a court-issued protection order. A protection order is meant to be a survivor’s first line of defence to prevent the recurrence of domestic violence or sexual harassment. It’s a warning for abusers to stay far away or there will be consequences. But victims say it isn’t worth the paper it’s written on and doesn’t do much to deter perpetrators. Carte Blanche investigates why police seem powerless to enforce it. (Producers: Mduduzi Miya & Ntokozo Miya | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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GBV Vault

When a survivor of intimate-partner violence gets the rare opportunity to take on their perpetrator in court, admissible evidence can be the difference between winning or losing. But evidence, notes and photos of injuries that victims often save on their smartphones can be lost when a perpetrator takes or destroys the device. Now, Carte Blanche meets the developers of a secure online vault that will allow vital evidence to be safely stored in the cloud and out of reach of the abuser. Could the GBV Vault help secure more convictions? (Producer: Michael Duffett | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

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A Father Fights Back

At just 11 years old, a little girl’s traumatic rape changed her and her father’s life. Furious that the police seemed powerless to solve the case, he refused to let justice slide and instead launched his own investigation and single-handedly hunted down the perpetrator. His search led to a startling discovery – his child’s rapist was a serial offender who’d been terrorising his community for years. Carte Blanche meets the man whose efforts ensured that a serial rapist ended up behind bars for life. (Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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Dying of Loneliness

Rallying to protect those most at risk from COVID-19, the world placed the elderly on lockdown as it tried to limit the impact of the pandemic. Even so, with employees entering and leaving old age homes, the coronavirus made its way into these facilities. But with families and friends barred from entering, Carte Blanche investigates how the pain of separation from loved ones has eroded morale and condemned some to a lonely death. (Producer: Kate Barry | Presenter: Derek Watts)

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Inside the Wreckage of the Santa Maria

The Santa Maria Madre de Deus was a Portuguese ship which disappeared without a trace in 1643 somewhere off the Eastern Cape coastline until two curious spearfishermen stumbled on an old wreckage site that archaeologists now believe could belong to the sunken vessel. Now the treasure trove of relics that lay undiscovered for 377 years on the seabed could solve the long-standing mystery behind the demise of the Santa Maria. Carte Blanche headed to East London for a first-look at the historical treasures revealing the remnants of this long-lost ship. (Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Presenter: Derek Watts)

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 If you’re in SA – you can watch Carte Blanche on DStv Now.

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Carte Blanche is on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], August 23 2020 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

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