In April 2014 the Constitutional Court ruled that the contract with Cash Paymaster Services for paying out social grants to beneficiaries was invalid and ordered the Department of Social Development and the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) to find a solution. With two weeks left to go before CPS's current contract expires, and grants to 17 million beneficiaries at stake, Carte Blanche asks: Why did the Department of Social Development and SASSA wait three years to find a new service provider?
Producer: Este de Klerk
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
Researcher: Tony Beamish
Cape Town Fires
As Cape Town battles drought and extreme temperatures, strong winds added to the devastation when fires broke out in informal settlements around the city, leaving thousands homeless. A massive relief effort by City of Cape Town disaster management and NGOs has been established to assist those affected…but until living conditions change drastically, these informal settlements are ticking time bombs.
Producer: Michael Duffet
Presenter: John Webb
Battling To Breathe
An epic battle is set to play out in courtrooms as frustrated Midrand residents take on a waste dump in the area. Claiming they’ve suffered severe respiratory illnesses as a result of air pollution from landfill gases, communities have taken to social media to force authorities to take action. Carte Blanche examines the issues.
Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Down the Sink
An expensive investment and realisation of a dream, many home owners don’t realise is that the wrong contractor could quickly turn their dream kitchen into a nightmare. Carte Blanche exposes a renovator who has left several clients stuck with half-finished kitchens and out of pocket.
Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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