Carte Blanche: Has Sex Education for SA Kids Gone Too Far?
“Sex education was a hot topic in our various editorial meetings this week,” says Carte Blanche, Executive Producer John Webb. “Should the government dictate how and when our kids learn about the birds and the bees, or are parents best placed to decide what’s appropriate? Controversial enough, but as is so often the case in […]
“Sex education was a hot topic in our various editorial meetings this week,” says Carte Blanche, Executive Producer John Webb. “Should the government dictate how and when our kids learn about the birds and the bees, or are parents best placed to decide what’s appropriate? Controversial enough, but as is so often the case in our country, that’s not where the debate ends. What about rape and sexual assault? When the perpetrators clearly care little for the age of their victims, is there a right time to teach our children about how to respond to this ever-present danger?”
What should you do if you are raped or sexually assaulted? In South Africa, a country with one of the highest rape and sexual assault rates in the world, this is a question that’s tragically common. But is it appropriate for the same question to be put to 9-year-olds? When the daughter of Western Cape parents stumbled upon government-approved rape messaging in her maths textbook, it was proof for them that sex education in schools had simply gone too far. (Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Research: Ayanda Charlie | Presenter: Derek Watts)
As government pushes ahead with its plans to bring comprehensive sexuality education into the classroom, some irate parents are saying the content is “grossly inappropriate” for their young children. Department of Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, wants parents and caregivers to overcome their reluctance and speak openly to children about the very real risks of rape and abuse. Join the debate this week when four experts go toe-to-toe in this second instalment of Carte Blanche Debates as we ask: should young children be exposed to conversations about sex at school, or should that part of their education be left to parents?
(Producer: Chwayitisa Futshane | Research: Ayanda Charlie | Moderator: Busisiwe Gumede-Chizhanje)
Also on Carte Blanche this Sunday:
Whether you’re travelling overseas, entering a university campus or just trying to keep your job, a COVID-19 vaccination certificate has become the new passport. But to get a certificate, you must get vaccinated and, for some South Africans, that’s a bridge too far. So, they’ve opted to pay thousands of rands to have genuine certificates fraudulently issued in their names. Carte Blanche investigates how they’re ending up registered on the official government portal. (Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)
Could you get fired for not getting a COVID-19 vaccination? In South Africa, recent events suggest that’s certainly the case. As some workplaces enforce mandatory vaccination policies, shutting out unvaccinated employees, claims of unfair dismissal and a trampling on basic rights abound. So, are the employers correct to enforce mandates for vaccines that don’t prevent infection but substantially ease the pressure on our health system? Or will this debate ultimately be decided by the Constitutional Court? (Producer: Eugene Botha | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli)
Dead fish, dirty water, and damaged crops. It’s described as one of the worst environmental disasters that the Bronkhorstspruit community, in Mpumalanga, has seen in years. When acidic water polluted the Kromdraaispruit and Wilge River, frustrated farmers pointed their fingers at a local mine. Carte Blanche investigates how the concrete seal on a mineshaft suddenly exploded, releasing thousands of litres of toxic water into the area? (Producer: Jana Marx | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)
Solomzi “Solo” Nqweni was a man with big dreams: he’d moved to Scotland to play first-class cricket – a steppingstone on a path he hoped would lead to selection for the Proteas. But a rare autoimmune disorder stopped him in his tracks. Bedridden, unable to walk, and fighting off deadly infections, Solo was in the fight of his life. And fight he did! Now, two years later, Solo is stepping into the next chapter of his extraordinary story of perseverance.(Producer: Sinethemba Nogude | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)
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