Carte Blanche: Ill Children Still Reaching for Their Dreams
Carte Blanche: Ill Children Still Reaching for Their Dreams

For 32 years, there’s never been a dream that the Reach for A Dream Foundation has not tried to fulfil for children with life-threatening illnesses… until COVID-19 struck.

Reach for Virtual Dreams

Believing in the power of a dream and the imagination to fight disease and hopelessness, the foundation has brought joy to children from all walks of life. But how do they rise to the challenge of delivering on dreams in a global pandemic for children whose immune systems are severely compromised? Hello virtual reality!

Inspiringly, the Foundation has taken the quest to bring life and joy to very ill children to new heights in virtual flights of fantasy.

Watch this heart-warming story on Sunday 18 April in South Africa on DStv Now or stream it overseas in most countries from Tues 20 April if you’re abroad, as Carte Blanche meets the extraordinary children for whom the mission has gone virtual in worlds where the mind is the only limit. (Producer: Tarryn Crossman | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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Also on Carte Blanche this Sunday, 18 April 2021


Shelter in Place Emergency

It’s a property owner’s worst nightmare: criminals who force their way onto your property, settling in and relying on the law to keep them there while you seem to have no recourse – and the police seem to just stand by and watch. Carte Blanche investigates how, across Cape Town, illegal property invasion is putting pressure on property owners and legal residents while syndicates capitalise on COVID-19 disaster regulations, stoking up people who need homes to storm and occupy flats set aside for social housing recipients. Once settled, the lengthy court action that owners are forced to undertake in terms of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from Unlawful Occupation of Land Act effectively protects the criminals. Who can reverse this trend? (Producer: Liz Fish | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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Midwife Misery

Last year, we investigated the allegations made by several young mothers that the delivery of their babies at the birthing home of one of Pretoria’s foremost midwives had gone wrong. A handful of women submitted complaints to the South African Nursing Council (SANC), the government body responsible for registering midwives and assuring their qualifications. As SANC prepares to investigate and hear evidence on the professional conduct of midwife Yolande Maritz from You & Me birthing home, Carte Blanche speaks to several more women who reached out after our first exposé in October. While Maritz steadfastly denies all adverse claims against her practice and conduct, we ask what led to the birth injuries and deaths of these babies. (Producer: Tarryn Crossman | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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Steals on Wheels

It’s one thing delivering cell phones or electronics for your employer from within the relative safety of an armoured vehicle but, as online shopping has risen exponentially in a year that forced much of our daily business online, crime statistics show a serious spike in organised criminal attacks on courier vans and delivery vehicles that have not been reinforced.

Presenter Masa Kekana says:

“On the day we filmed this story, I had a delivery from a recent online purchase. Little did I know that the companies and people involved are risking their lives to get me my packages due to a spike in courier hits.”

Carte Blanche investigates the dilemma of delivery drivers who are increasingly targeted for the high-value goods they courier and asks: what is fuelling the trend as ordinary men and women face off against gun-wielding syndicates, and what is the delivery industry doing to pre-empt the surge and protect their employees? (Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

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Carte Blanche is on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], April 18 2021 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00


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