Sim Tiger on carte blanche
11-year-old golf champ Sim Tshabalala. Image Credit: YT Screengrab

From picking up pointers on YouTube to winning tournaments on the international circuit – 11-year-old golf champ Sim Tshabalala seems to have the eye of the tiger… Here’s what’s coming up on Carte Blanche this week. You can watch the show on Sunday 2 April in South Africa on DStv Now OR stream it overseas in most countries on Showmax from Tuesday 4 April if you’re abroad.

Sim Tiger

It began as a little boy’s curious fascination with videos he found on YouTube. But three-year-old Simthandile “Sim” Tshabalala wasn’t interested in cartoons or anime. He was spending his playtime obsessively watching golf. By four years old, his father, Bongani took action to help his son develop this interest for the game. It soon became clear that Sim had a golf swing that was well beyond his years. Now 11 years old, the golf prodigy has won multiple trophies. In 2020, he came second in his age group at the prestigious Australian Open. Now he has his sights set on following in the footsteps of his idol, Tiger Woods, to master the 18 holes. (Producer: Busisiwe Gumede-Chizhanje | Presenter: Xola Ntshinga)

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

Also on Carte Blanche this Sunday 2 April

“As a student, I took a room at a digs not far from what was then the Rand Afrikaans University where I lived in raucous, care-free splendour for a year. It was a large house with, as I recall, six or seven bedrooms, a kitchen overflowing with dirty crockery, and a lounge overflowing with – you guessed it – dirty crockery. Good neighbours we were not, which is why I have some sympathy for the students in Bloem. I say “some” because, unlike our noisy compound in Auckland Park, something else is at play in the City of Roses.” – John Webb, Executive Producer

Stealing from the Disabled

In December 2015, investigative journalist, Sabelo Skiti, stumbled upon a story about a well-known lawyer in the Eastern Cape claiming to be fighting the good fight for children born with disabilities in the province’s poorer communities. He was helping them take the Department of Health to court for medical negligence with the multi-million-rand payouts offering a chance of a better life. Trouble was the lawyer was stealing the money meant for the mostly semi-literate mothers of children living with cerebral palsy. Greedy and unrepentant, he exploited their desperation without ever intending for them to see a cent of their payouts. Skiti’s story prompted the Special Investigating Unit to take a closer look and yet, seven years later, the rogue lawyer continues to slither from their clutches. Carte Blanche investigates. (Producer: Tarryn Crossman | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

Coalition Course

In the last local government elections, the ANC lost its stronghold in multiple municipalities and some of the country’s biggest metros. They were elections that paved the way for smaller parties to become so-called kingmakers by combining forces and wrestling power away from the country’s traditionally dominant parties. But it’s all falling apart as intense internal battles for control cripple these fragile partnerships. While the saying goes “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” it seems some political parties didn’t get the memo. Can South Africa’s biggest metros survive the coalitions’ grand collapse? (Producer: Hein Kaiser | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

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Getting it Right on Human Rights

As Human Rights Month comes to a close, Carte Blanche’s Siniketiwe Hlanze and Maverick Citizen editor Mark Heywood look at everything from basic services, to our Constitution, to protests. We end things off with a wholesome discussion on the South African people’s resilience and ability to transcend even the most trying times.

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IronMac: The Finish Line

IRONMAN: it’s one of the most unforgiving long-distance triathlons in the world. Now, fulfilling a promise to his friend and cyclist, Macfarlane conquers this unforgiving challenge.

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Murray & Son

Another brazen assassination in broad daylight on a busy Gauteng highway – this time, prominent liquidator Cloete Murray and his son. What did they know? And who benefits from their deaths?

The Fightback

Corruption in the Gauteng Health Department, one fearless whistleblower, and the explosive investigation that cost her her life. Why Babita Deokaran should’ve been protected.

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Find full episodes of Carte Blanche on DStv Catch Up.

Carte Blanche is on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], 2 April 2023 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00


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