An Investor’s Nightmare: Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 2 August 2020 at 19:00, only on M-Net 101.


Derek Watts: “During these tough economic times, many people turn to alternative income options including buying into franchises with the promise of great returns. But for many, these franchises end up going from entrepreneurial dream to financial nightmare.”

An Investor’s Nightmare

It was meant to be an empowering investment opportunity into an internationally renowned nail-care brand. On paper, the franchise looked world-class and the returns were promising, but a closer look revealed that the business was embroiled in ongoing controversies throughout the country. Still, some hopeful investors decided to put in their money, investing millions in the process. Now some have been left disenchanted, de-franchised and almost destitute. Carte Blanche digs deep into this fading façade.

Producer: Kate Barry
Research: Siniketiwe Hlanze
Presenter: Derek Watts

When Debt Becomes Expensive

A perennial problem for South Africans, personal debt is skyrocketing – as a recent annual survey by a major financial institution has revealed. More than double the usual number of respondents said they had taken out personal loans this year. Some 58% of households are facing “overwhelming financial stress levels as they plunder their savings and take on more debt to meet expenses”. So what if the financial hole gets too deep? Carte Blanche investigates complaints by some debt review customers who say the hoops they had to jump through to get back in to the black were just too traumatising.

Producer: Liz Fish
Research: Sinethemba Nogude
Presenter: Masa Kekana

C O V I D-1 9: T H E  I M P A C T

COVID-19: Bracing for Impact

From the low average of just 200 daily confirmed infections to record highs averaging in excess of 13 000 new cases every day, South Africa is on the fast track to a national crisis as the coronavirus pandemic hammers the healthcare system. Medical staff are already exhausted, hospitals are running low on ICU beds and funeral parlours are buckling under the weight of growing COVID-related burials. Now as various parts of the country seemingly reach the initial peak of infections, can the health, system cope with the additional pressure?

Producer: Mosibudi Ratlebjane
Research: Laura Byrne
Presenter: Derek Watts
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A W A R D – W I N I N G  A N I M A T I O N

The Awesome Triggerfish

From a small team working in their kitchen on stop-frame clay animations, to the big screen with films like Zambezia and Khumba – Carte Blanche captures the amazing journey of Cape Town-based animation pioneers Triggerfish Studios. After nearly losing the company several times over two decades, the Triggerfish team scooped a much-coveted Emmy this year with the heart-warming tale of their clumsy dragon, Zog that’s won multiple international awards. Meet the team that is now setting its sights on developing a generation of African animators.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Research: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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