Barking up the Wrong Trees: Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 12 December 2021 at 19:00, only on M-Net 101.

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Chemical Alert

It’s banned in several countries and at the heart of multi-million rand legal claims by people in the United States claiming it causes cancer. A growing body of evidence internationally is suggesting that glyphosate, the active ingredient in some weedkillers, may be responsible for certain cancers. Nonetheless, South Africans use it widely in agriculture and its even on supermarket shelves for use in home gardens. Carte Blanche investigates why legislation allowing the chemical has not been updated since 1947 to account for the right to a clean and healthy environment promoted in our Constitution.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Claire Mawisa: “This story is not a new theme for an African head of state. Initially celebrated globally as the one who brought about peace, and promised to deliver unity to his country, he now seems to be losing support rapidly over the questionable handling of the conflict and impending civil war raging through the nation. How will Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, be remembered?

Ethiopia: Impact of War

Heavy casualties and extensive damage – this past year has seen an intractable war that’s killed thousands in Ethiopia and left millions displaced. The internal conflict erupted in the northern Tigray region, where the Tigray People’s Liberation Front wants to establish the province as an independent state. Carte Blanche surveys the damage to a country and economy that were just beginning to flourish, and a population desperate for peace.

Producer: Siniketiwe Hlanze
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Ticking Time(share) Bomb 

Globally, the shared vacation ownership market is still growing but, in South Africa, an increasing number of disgruntled clients claim they never managed to book the holidays they thought they’d paid for. Carte Blanche puts a timeshare salesman to the test. Why would an industry already buckling under bad reviews and buyers’ regret continue to market itself in the hopes of luring more investors?

Producer: Carol Albertyn-Christie
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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Barking up the Wrong Trees

Large-scale and organised bark stripping in Cape Town’s Newlands Forest is slowly but surely killing it. The harvesting of tree bark for sale and use in traditional medicines is causing a growing army of the city’s nature lovers to take action. They say it’s the equivalent of stripping the skin off living humans as it rips away the trees’ ability to disperse water and nutrients. Joining SANParks on patrol under the cover of night, Carte Blanche investigates the mission to save a forest from bark strippers, and how best to secure a place in society for traditional practices.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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Please note: Carte Blanche line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za