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Pets for ransom on Carte Blanche this Sunday.

It reads like a Hollywood blockbuster – pets go missing in South Africa, and a well-intentioned stranger ostensibly picks them up. But the plot unravels as he turns nasty and demands a ransom for their safe return.

You can watch Carte Blanche on Sunday 17 April in South Africa on DStv Now or stream it overseas in most countries from 19 April if you’re abroad.

Money or Your Fur Baby’s Life!

If your cat or dog goes missing, be wary of pet scammers preying on your emotions. Carte Blanche has uncovered a nationwide scam where a scammer targets desperate pet owners to make a quick buck. A recording of a scammer on the show reveals him asking the victim to “pay R400 first, you get the address, you get the dog, then you pay the R600 balance.”

The scammer preys on pet owners’ emotions. “I think when you realise that this is a scam, it’s like a double blow in the face,” says a victim. “It’s like you know, I’m already hurting and now you’ve got someone being opportunistic about my grief.” (Producer: Kate Barry | Researchers: Kirsty Bucholz & Sinethemba Nogude | Presenter: Bongani Bingwa) 

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

Also on Carte Blanche this Sunday, 17 April 2022

KZN Floods

John Webb, Executive Producer of Carte Blanche, says: “While not in our line-up on Sunday, we’re compelled to reflect on the devastation and unfathomable loss of life following the floods in KwaZulu-Natal. That so many of the dead were school children only worsens the horror. Whether a freak event or the inevitable consequence of climate change are questions we’ll ponder in the coming days, but for now we join the rest of the country in expressing our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones.” 

When Mothers Kill

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The death of a child is one that affects the entire community. But that tragedy is magnified when it’s at the hands of a family member. In this case, the mother. But what would lead a mother to kill her own children?

Carte Blanche explores how support and forgiveness have grown alongside efforts to understand why mothers kill their own children. (Producer: Latashia Naidoo | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

The Jakkalsjagter

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In the Northern Cape, jackals have very few natural predators and a steady supply of food from sheep farms across the province. But how do farmers protect their flocks, especially when the veld is lush, and jackal plentiful following recent rain? Carte Blanche meets a man in the province who’s become a legend for his skill and dedication to hunt jackal. But it’s a controversial occupation – one that the farmers say they can’t survive without him. For instance, sheep farmer Johannes Achenbach runs a 3600-hectare farm where keeping jackals away from his sheep is complicated and costly. For him, calling in the Jakkalsjagter is the only viable option. (Producer: Stenette Grosskopf | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

Good Meta Best

With billions of dollars at stake, Carte Blanche dips into virtual reality to meet South Africans leading the digital way – from virtual land development to online labour. Is unreality the new reality? (Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Presenter: Derek Watts)

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

WATCH Derek Watts face his fear of heights

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], 17 April 2022  at 19:00 & & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00


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