Eskom Investigated: The Denton Report
In 2015 the Eskom board commissioned international law firm Dentons to conduct a forensic fact-finding enquiry into the status of the business and the challenges faced by the utility. For two years journalist Sikonathi Mantshantsha pestered Eskom for the report. Chairperson Ben Ngubane told him it was not for public consumption. Last week the Financial Mail released the 300-page report to the South African public. Despite the cover up, the report makes for some explosive reading. Carte Blanche confronts Eskom about why they tried to sanitise and hide their own forensic report.
Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
Researcher: Tony Beamish
Legalising Medical Marijuana
Government has taken its first official steps in legalising the manufacture of marijuana for medicinal use, mandating the Medicines Control Council to investigate the potential of cannabis’ properties and efficacy in treating terminal illnesses, cancers, conditions causing chronic pain and more. Carte Blanche asks: Where will research into the impact of this enigmatic plant take us?
Producer: Este de Klerk
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
Mental Patient Death Toll Rises
South Africans were stunned when a health ombudsman report recently exposed that 94 psychiatric patients had died in the care of several under-equipped NGOs. That number has since skyrocketed to over 100 with the total death toll unclear as further deceased remain unidentified at mortuaries. What really went wrong? Two NGOs open up to Carte Blanche to reveal the shocking truth behind these tragic deaths and the neglect of South Africa’s forgotten state mental patients.
Producer: Tarryn Crossman
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Laura Byrne
Three Parents. One Baby.
Leigh Syndrome is a fatal disorder that affects the developing nervous system in foetuses. This, and other diseases with their origin in the genome often mean a short and difficult life for babies born with the genes that cause them. But remarkable advances in the science of genetic medicine have presented a solution never seen before. By incorporating the healthy DNA from a donor – who becomes a third genetic parent - this controversial technique allows parents carrying rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies and remove undesired genes. The technique has already resulted in the birth of a healthy baby boy. Carte Blanche meets the doctor who has pioneered this remarkable medical breakthrough.
Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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