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It’s a cute, nocturnal and scaly creature, but few people will ever see one. The pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world, fetching up to R150 000 each on the black market. Across Africa, over a million have been removed from the wild over the last decade and South Africa is at the centre of the illegal trade. Carte Blanche goes undercover to infiltrate a dangerous syndicate of smugglers and stop them in their tracks. (Producer: Graham Coetzer; Presenter: Claire Mawisa; Researcher: Sasha Schwendenwein). Watch now »
Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the world and millions of addicts are simply unable to overcome the addiction. In South Africa, heroin rehabilitation methods have proven to be a massive failure and up to 93% of addicts relapse. Now a pilot project in KwaZulu-Natal, called Opioid Substitution Therapy, could give users and their families new hope. (Producer: Jacqui Jayamaha; Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender). Watch now »
If you want to know what poverty smells like, you have to go down one of Johannesburg’s sewers. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but it’s the life of destitute sewer zama zamas who brave exposure to chemicals, disease and flooding to find hidden treasure like jewellery, flushed down suburban toilets. Carte Blanche joins two expert sewer zama zamas to find out why they do it. (Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein; Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli). Watch now »
The riverine rabbit is one of the rarest mammals on the planet, with less than 300 of them remaining. Now a new project involving a specially-trained border collie with a GPS-enabled collar and a state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology is helping to save this endangered animal. Carte Blanche joins the team working to prevent the total extinction of these elusive creatures. (Producer: Jason Boswell; Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli). Watch now »
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