Carte Blanche: The Podcast

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Unique stories. Unique perspectives. Carte Blanche: The Podcast delves beneath the headlines into South African and global issues, bringing you the stories that matter. Like what you hear? Drop us a rating or review.

Episode Date
Dying for the Truth

As the head of financial accounting in the GP Health Department, Babita Deokaran was perfectly placed to expose rampant fraud and corruption. So, why wasn’t she provided the protection needed? 

Sep 22, 2022
Bringing the Gees

It's the winning combination of two of SA’s favourite things: rugby and song. But the Gwijo Squad says it’s about more than just singing catchy anthems – they’re hoping to reignite a new passion for the rugby. 

Sep 21, 2022
Cable Theft Wars

They have no weapons or bulletproof vests. So, what happens when security guards tasked with preventing cable theft in Joburg are ambushed by armed cable theft syndicates? 

Sep 20, 2022
Young Doctors

They joined the public healthcare sector at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic… We meet some of SA’s youngest doctors to find out what keeps them committed to a system that’s far from perfect.

Sep 19, 2022
Fight to Survive

They were diagnosed with rare diseases that medical aids should cover. But to their horror, their medical aid schemes declined their claims. Now, parents are fighting to save their children’s lives.

Sep 15, 2022
Champions of Africa

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?

Sep 14, 2022
The Long Shadow of Marikana

In August 2012, 34 miners were gunned down by police in Marikana. Ten years on, and with access to never-before-seen documents, we investigate how the Marikana massacre heralded a new decade of police brutality and impunity in South Africa.

Sep 13, 2022
Collateral Damage

A strict hospital policy, vulnerable newborn babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, and the furious parents seemingly denied access to their critically ill babies...

Sep 12, 2022
Reviving SA's Health

Government healthcare on a knife edge: as state coffers buckle under pressure, and medical inflation skyrockets, we debate whether the healthcare system can be revived. 

Sep 09, 2022
Boss Battles

From KZN to Gauteng and the Western Cape... taxi violence is rife. It’s a brutal industry and it’s all about money. Securing a route could mean having to eliminate the competition... 

Sep 08, 2022
Spacing Out

It is deep-space photography like we’ve never seen before. How the new James Webb Space Telescope is finding distant planets in far-off galaxies, and looking for atmospheres that could sustain life.

Sep 07, 2022
Healthcare Heroes

Commitment, leadership, teamwork: how some crumbling state hospitals managed to turn things around. But is there a blueprint to save state healthcare? 

Sep 06, 2022
Weaponizing the Police PLUS Elton Hart Extended

Arrested on an allegation with no corroborating evidence, then locked up in one of SA’s most notorious prisons... Are police being used to settle personal scores?

Sep 05, 2022
Follow the Manganese Road

Black dust from the Kalahari… Why everyone from politicians to beauty kings is jumping on the manganese bandwagon. But who will pay for the damaged infrastructure all along the manganese road?

Sep 03, 2022
EXTRA To Hell with Shell

It's a monumental judgment that many environmental groups and fishing communities had hoped for - the granting of exploration rights along the Wild Coast to oil giant Shell has been deemed unlawful. So, what does this mean for other planned seismic surveys, and what's next in this great David-versus-Goliath battle? Carte Blanche producer Siniketiwe Hlanze speaks to legal expert attorney Wilmien Wicomb about what it all means. 

Sep 02, 2022
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?

Sep 01, 2022
National Health Crisis

Over half of the money SA spends on healthcare goes to only 16% of the people. The inequality is crippling. Can National Health Insurance – due by 2026 – truly save healthcare?

Aug 31, 2022
Naked and Afraid

He is the first South African to ever successfully complete the hit-reality TV show Naked And Afraid. But at what cost? 

Aug 30, 2022
The Ultimate Price

Betrayal, persecution, and the assassination of a police detective who was disrupting Cape Town’s criminal underworld. How Lt-Col Charl Kinnear paid the ultimate price.

Aug 29, 2022
SA People Skinders with Derek Watts

From small cars to 80s hairstyles, and Carte Blanche: The Podcast - investigative television icon Derek Watts sits down for a chat about anything and everything with the feel-good crew from SA People. 

Aug 27, 2022
Of Guns and Gangs

From the streets of Khayelitsha, to a tavern in Soweto - mass shootings in South Africa have become prevalent. But with illegal guns driving the violence, can law enforcement put an end to the carnage? 

Aug 26, 2022
My Name Is Reeva

It’s been nine years since the senseless and brutal death of Reeva Steenkamp at the hands of her then-boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, and it is a killing that is still deeply embedded in the minds of millions across the globe. Now, during Women’s Month and Reeva’s birthday month, M-Net will premiere My Name is Reeva, an emotive and sensitively told three-part documentary series based on the life of Reeva and the events which led to her shocking death on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Aug 25, 2022
Lights on for Longer

As households and businesses around the country buckle under loadshedding, Cape Town is somehow managing to keep the lights on for longer. How has Cape Town managed to dodge dependance on Eskom's faltering supply? 

Aug 24, 2022
Business Behind Bars

He’s behind bars for sexual assault, raping a child, accessing child pornography, exposing children to pornography, and fraud. So, how is he allegedly running a global publishing start-up from inside? 

Aug 23, 2022
Medical Emergency

What’s an ambulance without vital, lifesaving equipment onboard? In the Eastern Cape, a shortage of functioning EMS vehicles means medics are struggling to help their desperately ill patients. 

Aug 22, 2022
Sami Hall Says

Sami Hall grew up wanting to be a star. But she soon realised the road to fame isn't always as straightforward as it seems. As adulting pushed her dreams of being on stage aside, she turned to TikTok to give her inner actress and comedian a voice. Little did she know this was exactly what would place her in the comedic spotlight. 

Aug 19, 2022
Be a Good Sport

It’s the game of the season! But the prize is something a little more special… Find out how young athletes are becoming activists for the greater good.

Aug 18, 2022
Students Beware

We investigate claims that a private school is jeopardising the education of its children with its hit-and-miss approach to the law. 

Aug 17, 2022
Ailing and Abetting

Managers who forget to pay suppliers on time, medicine stockouts, a clinic in a dire state. We expose the true state of state healthcare for the residents of Taung in the North West.

Aug 16, 2022
Injustice Served

He’s become the poster boy for many of the ways in which law enforcement fails the country’s victims of gender-based violence. Why was Jaco Swart set free with a suspended sentence and a R20 000 fine?

Aug 15, 2022
Soaring Everest

He is known globally as the man who flew off Mount Everest. Now, Springbok paraglider Pierre Carter has his sights set on his next flying adventure. 

Aug 11, 2022
The Night Shift

Even for the most highly trained emergency specialists in Mitchells Plain’s trauma centre, the caseload is becoming nearly unbearable. We’re given an all-access pass to see what happens behind the frontline on a Saturday evening. 

Aug 10, 2022
Nice to Meat You

How would you like your beloved, juicy burger grown in a lab? The farmers, the paddock, and the product of the future… Could lab-grown meat change the way we choose to eat?

Aug 09, 2022
Chicken Dump

It’s an accredited chicken abattoir which supplies major retailers. But disturbing undercover footage shows how this well-known business in Potchefstroom is seemingly cutting corners to maximise profits. 

Aug 08, 2022
Travel Disillusion

They were promised the world – or at least the opportunity to travel it. But dozens of would-be travellers claim they’ve been taken for a financial ride by an unscrupulous travel company. 

Aug 04, 2022
A Dam Mess

A whistleblower breaks ranks about the risk perched above the Vaal River and the people who live and farm there. We investigate the unfulfilled promises and neglect by a leading mining company...

Aug 03, 2022
Tavern of Terror

A devastated family in the Eastern Cape is still reeling from shock. Now, as investigators unravel why 21 children died inside the Enyobeni tavern, we ask: is underage drinking becoming a national crisis?

Aug 02, 2022
Mayhem in Mozambique

The Mozambique insurgency linked to ISIS is far from over. Every month, right on South Africa's doorstep, villages are destroyed, and civilians killed. But could there be sinister links in our backyard?

Aug 01, 2022
Motoring On

In April, a cut-off low pressure system dumped a third of KZN's annual rainfall in 24 hours. Lives were lost, homes swept away. But efforts by a major car manufactur's dedicated staff provides a glimmer of hope... 

Jul 28, 2022
Fall Through the Cracks

Baby CJ was allegedly abused for months and then murdered by his caregiver near Cape Town. But despite desperate pleas to investigate, the province's Department of Social Development did very little. Why are social workers failing to investigate reports of child abuse? 

Jul 27, 2022
Monkeypox: The Facts

We’re learning to live with one virus, and now another is causing global anxiety. How worried should we be about the Monkeypox outbreak?

Jul 26, 2022
Food for Thought

Are you paying more for basically everything? From fuel to groceries, it’s going to be a long year as experts warn consumers will be coughing up even more for the basics.

Jul 25, 2022
What the Truck?

The railway bridge crossing Atlantic Road in Muizenberg in the Western Cape has claimed many victims. Meet Biddy the Truck-Eating Bridge…

Jul 21, 2022
Electricity Hackers

Are you in the market for free electricity? Turns out, you don’t have to look far... We go undercover and expose how so-called electricity meter hackers charge a once-off “service” fee, to break the law and give their clients free power...

Jul 20, 2022
The Business of Bunkering

Algoa Bay off the coast of Gqeberha is a disaster quietly waiting to happen. But why do some experts feel it’s already too late?

Jul 19, 2022
SAA: What's the Big Deal?

The numbers simply don’t add up… why was a multi-billion-rand airline, South African Airways, sold off for just R51? 

Jul 18, 2022
Diamond Rush

We bring you a story of an unusual collection of fortune seekers braving the heat and dust of the West Coast in search of that one stone that’ll change their lives...  

Jul 14, 2022
Gqeberha's Reckoning

Just over a decade ago, Nelson Mandela Bay narrowly avoided completely running out of water following a devastating drought. A few years later, Cape Town faced its own Day Zero, but a massive water-saving campaign kept the Mother City from the brink of disaster long enough for last-minute rain to eventually save the day. Hard lessons were learnt, not least the need to save what little water is left. But with history now repeating itself in Gqeberha, it appears many if not all of those lessons have been forgotten, perhaps even ignored. 

Jul 13, 2022
Free State Death Traps

Across the province, Free State roads are crumbling. With at least 25 deaths in just four months, farmers and locals say it’s become too dangerous to use these regional roads. Why has government failed to act? 

Jul 12, 2022
Murder in Mbombela

Across the province, Free State roads are crumbling. With at least 25 deaths in just four months, farmers and locals say it’s become too dangerous to use these regional roads. Why has government failed to act? 

Jul 11, 2022
Welcome to Funny Farm

There's a market for everything at Funny Farm, an informal settlement in Alberton, Gauteng. Anything from drugs to weapons and, in some cases, even children, are for sale. We go inside this criminal cesspool.

Jul 06, 2022
Guptagate: Full Circle

Two of the masterminds of State Capture – Atul and Rajesh Gupta – are now one step closer to facing justice in South African courts. 
We unpack their unexpected, and much-celebrated, June arrest and look at the long legal road ahead.

Jul 06, 2022
All About the Music

The 80’s band Amampondo put the evocative sounds and melodies of Africa on the map – despite crippling cultural boycotts at the time. The giant of the genre then was Dizu Plaatjies.  These days he’s sharing his passion for performance and his gift for playing instruments made from wood, strings, metal, and seeds with the younger generation. We meet this keeper of tradition. 

Jul 06, 2022
SANDF: Might or Mayhem?

Low on equipment and critically short of funds – the SANDF is in a dire state of decline. How did it end up in ICU? And can it fulfil its constitutional job of protecting country? Derek Watts went in search of answers

Jul 06, 2022