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Here’s what’s coming up on Carte Blanche this week. You can watch in SA today (Sunday 18 September) on DStv Now or stream it overseas in most countries from Tuesday 20 September if you’re abroad.

The Golden Girls

It’s an Olympic sport, although not one that’s celebrated with much fanfare. But for three South African seniors – aged 60, 70 and 80 – race-walking is what gives them an impressive zest for life.

Each walked away with gold medals at the World Master’s Athletics Championships in Finland this year, making up six of the ten gold medals won by the South African team. In an era where the value of age is often eclipsed by the charisma of youth, these women aren’t looking to any fountain to defy the march of time. Carte Blanche took on our gold-winning champions.(Producer: Marion Edmunds | Research: Siniketiwe Hlanze | Presenter: Macfrlane Moleli)

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Also on Carte Blanche this Sunday, 18 September

Land reform is a contentious, divisive issue in our country. It’s probably also fair to say successive governments have either mismanaged, underplayed or ignored the issue entirely. That has been to the detriment of landowners and investors anxious for policy certainty, as well the people dispossessed of, and denied access to, land by decades of apartheid-era governance. Now, we uncover another sign of government’s apparent intransigence: the gross mismanagement of agricultural colleges tasked with training a new generation of commercial farmers.” – John Webb, Executive Producer.


Come one, come all – that was the rallying cry to students wanting to train at one of the country’s 11 agricultural colleges. State-funded and equipped with high-tech gear, the colleges promise hands-on practical training in every aspect of farming. They also offer placements and integrated learning programmes, a major advantage for students looking for work experience. But what’s promised on paper hasn’t materialised in practise. Once enrolled, students are faced with a stark and altogether different reality: dilapidated buildings, abandoned laboratories, and lecturers in short supply. In the cockroach-infested kitchen, the fridges are bare, there’s no running water, and the facilities are dirty. But how is this possible when millions of rands of taxpayers’ money are spent on these colleges? Carte Blanche investigates.(Producer: Anina Peens | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)

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Jagersfontein Disaster

Jagersfontein, a small town in the Free State, is home to the oldest open-pit diamond mine in South Africa. In this little-known community, Sunday mornings usually start slowly, but on 11 September, that changed. A dam, used to store waste from the Jagersfontein diamond mine, collapsed, triggering heavy flooding that left death and destruction in its wake. More than 70 people were injured, local farmers lost livestock, and at least 60 homes were damaged by the flood waters. But residents here say that the mine owners were warned on numerous occasions about the danger posed by this tailings dam. Carte Blanche investigates.

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Your favourite episodes are now available on Carte Blanche: The Podcast

Marikana’s Long Shadow

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Thirty-four miners are shot and killed by police in Marikana. Now, a decade later, never-before-seen documents reveal how the police failed to act against 77 officers allegedly involved in the torture and assault of miners in the area.

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Champions of Africa!

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Theirs was the Cinderella story for the ages. With almost no financial support, Banyana Banyana rose to become giants of Africa. But can their WAFCON cup victory finally turn their fortunes around?

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Rocky Road


Rocks, road spikes, and armed criminals lurking in the darkness… The N4 between Pretoria and Rustenburg is a dangerous stretch of road. Are police powerless to prevent attacks?

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


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