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In the build-up to the ANC national conference, on the brink of another ratings downgrade, and in the midst of an Eskom scandal and a devastating drought in the Western Cape, South Africa seems to be at a tipping point, as you’ll see on this week’s episode of Carte Blanche. But there’s also a lot to be thankful for, including SA’s very own Chris Barnard, who performed the world’s first successful heart transplant 50 years ago. If you’re a Showmax overseas subscriber, this is one episode of Carte Blanche you don’t want to miss. Watch now »

The fight for ANC leadership

The ANC is preparing for its 54th national conference which takes place in December, where the delegates will vote in a new leader. As Jacob Zuma’s time as president of the ANC draws to an end, the scramble for the party’s top position is heating up. With South Africa’s economy on the brink of another ratings downgrade, can the ruling party elect a candidate who will set aside personal ambition for the greater good of the country? Carte Blanche tracks this developing story.
 (Producer: Graham Coetzer
Presenter: John Webb) Watch now »

Farming in the Western Cape

Farmers are facing a tough battle against the drought in the Western Cape. Factories are closed, trucks are parked and seasonal workers are sitting at home. If farmers don’t get help soon, the recovery could take years. Carte Blanche asks: What will the impact on the economy really be if the rains don’t come, and alternative plans don’t succeed? (Producers: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg; Presenter: John Webb) Watch now »

Eskom on edge 

As Eskom teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, what are the executives at Megawatt Park doing? So far, there have been some explosive allegations at the Parliamentary inquiry on state-owned enterprises, and last week President Zuma was implicated by a former chairperson of the board. But despite reports of attempted bribery to collapse the inquiry, Advocate Vanara pressed on, leading MPs through the mists of Eskom scandals. This week former CEO Brian Molefe was in court defending his R30 million payout, and Matshela Koko’s disciplinary draws to a close in the wake of ratings agencies downgrading Eskom. (Producer: Joy Summers; Presenter: Claire Mawisa). Watch now »

50 years of heart transplants

On the 3rd of December 1967, Professor Chris Barnard did the seemingly impossible – successfully performing the world’s first heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. In the process, he placed the South African medical fraternity on the global map.  Since that day, thousands of people have received the gift of a new heart. Fifty years on, Carte Blanche celebrates this seminal moment in medical history.
 (Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: John Webb). Watch now »

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