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Carte Blanche this Sunday

You can watch the show on Sunday 06 February in South Africa on DStv Now or stream it overseas in most countries from 08 February if you’re abroad.


Surviving Prison

Working in some of South Africa’s most notorious male prisons is tough – and for some women, it’s a calling where they hope to make a difference in the lives of inmates who often have nothing left to lose. But, increasingly, female wardens – armed with nothing more than tasers and batons – have fallen victim to assault, rape and even murder. Carte Blanche goes behind bars as the women, tasked with keeping violent criminals in check, describe a life of fear, violence and harassment on the job. (Producer & Presenter: Busisiwe Gumede-Chizhanje) 

Presenter Busisiwe Gumede-Chizhanje says: “The female wardens I spoke to went into this profession years ago with the intention of making a difference. But what seemed like a dream come true, turned into a nightmare. They discovered disheartening work conditions and a department, they say, which has failed to protect them. I’m inspired by these women’s ability to survive facilities riddled with hardened criminals. All this while fighting for transformation.”

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

State Capture: Now What? 

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The Zondo Commission into State Capture has just handed over the second part of its three-part report to the Presidency. In it, whistleblowers who bravely stepped forward to fight for a better country are vindicated. In one-on-one interviews, Carte Blanche presses Justice Minister, Ronald Lamola, and National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Shamila Batohi, on the likelihood of those implicated ever facing justice. (Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

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Running Mascara

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Make-up tutorials are a dime a dozen on social media. You can learn to perfectly arch your brow or blend your foundation flawlessly with easy-to-follow routines. But on your wedding day, only a professional artist will do. That’s why some brides, in planning their special day, pinned their hopes on what they thought was a popular hair and make-up guru– only to be left in the lurch. Carte Blanche investigates how an unscrupulous service provider has been dashing hopes of a dream-wedding.(Producer: Tarryn Crossman | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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Power Play

Loadshedding is back on the schedule this weekend for electricity users who rely on Eskom – a strong argument in favour of becoming self-reliant. After being licenced to set up their own infrastructure, a group of farmers has successfully operated a 320 km power distribution network, dubbed Damplaas Kragbron, for more than 40 years. Now, the system is under threat as the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) has launched a court battle to wrest control of the system and place it in the hands of the local – and failing – municipality. What’s driving the sudden interest in Damplaas, as what’s at stake for the farmers and their thousands of workers if SALGA wins the day? (Producer: Eugene Botha | Presenter: Derek Watts)


Electric Vehicles: The Next Frontier?

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For a world in the grip of climate change, electric vehicles are seen as a significant way of reducing carbon emissions. But with many of their raw materials sourced through mining, are they truly environmentally friendly? As South Africa prepares to roll out more of these cars of the future, Carte Blanche examines what’s really under the bonnet of these “green” machines. (Producer: Neil Shaw | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

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Search and Rescue 

Harnessing the genetic programming of dogs to hunt, their handlers are refining the art of searching for, and tracking down, humans.  Often, averting tragedy. Carte Blanche puts some of these working breeds to the test to trail the scent molecules people leave behind – skills that leave little room for criminals to out- manoeuvre these crafty canines. (Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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

If you’re overseas – you can watch #CarteBlanche from Tuesdays, and thousands of other popular local South African shows & movies by subscribing to Showmax International now. You can try it FREE for 14 days

Carte Blanche is on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], 06 February 2022  at 19:00 & & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00


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