vervet monkeys carte blanche
Vervet Monkeys Carte Blanche

Tonight’s episode of Carte Blanche is packed with must-watch items – from the violent protests of the past week to the impact of the Delta variant, an uplifting story of hope with another South African medical breakthrough… and the plight of KZN’s vervet monkeys. You can watch the show on Sunday 18 July in South Africa on DStv Now or stream it overseas in most countries from Tues 20 July.

Vilifying Vervets

Hit by cars on the highway and running the gauntlet of dogs and humans in the suburbs, thousands of vervet monkeys on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast often don’t live very long. Rescue centres operating in the area argue that, as sentient beings, vervet monkeys deserve a compassionate response – but not everyone agrees. The removal of a large group of primates housed in the care of one sanctuary caused an uproar in the community. Carte Blanche unpacks the drama of primates in suburbia and speaks to the people who want them gone. (Producer: Carol Albertyn Christie | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

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REPORTAGE – The Architecture of Anarchy

Carte Blanche presenter Masa Kekana says: “With all the unrest amid a third wave, I dread to think of the COVID-19 cases that will be inundating an already-overwhelmed healthcare system. The effects of all this disregard for COVID-19 regulations will come back to haunt all of us.”

Architecture of Anarchy
Architecture of Anarchy. Carte Blanche

Hunger, landlessness, service delivery woes or political support? Or pure lawlessness disguised as protest action? We investigate the looting and violence that gripped KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng this week as protesters turned into looters and, in some cases, instigators of death – all seemingly in the name of former president Jacob Zuma who had started serving a 15-month prison sentence imposed by the Constitutional Court. As parts of the country burned, and the SANDF tried to restore order and supply chains, citizens queued for basic supplies while the country reeled in shock. (Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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COVID-19: The Delta Blow

delta variant carte blanche
Delta Variant Carte Blanche

Why did the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit with such ferocity, chasing up infection numbers and flooding hospitals? Carte Blanche analyses the observations of clinicians and scientists on the frontlines dealing with the effects of the highly contagious Delta variant. With hospitals full to capacity as the third wave peaks, will the health system buckle under the strain? (Producer: Julian Sun | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

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Saving Baby Ignus

baby ignus carte blanche
Baby Ignus Carte Blanche

For a baby born with the life-threatening condition of having his organs compressing his lungs, the outcome would have been death had a dedicated team of highly skilled specialists not pushed through with a treatment that carried high risks. In a first for the country, the team (with the support of Baby Ignus’ devoted family) claimed victory despite enormous odds. A story of medical breakthrough and hope restored, for a condition that sees as few as one percent of babies in the developing world survive. Carte Blanche celebrates the team that persevered and the family whose prayers were answered. (Producer: Annalise Lubbe | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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

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