Coming up on Carte Blanche?

By Faeza
07 June 2015

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 7 June 2015 at 19:00

Green Beans

Dependence on prescription drugs is a global phenomenon. In the US, 45 people overdose on prescription medication every day. Locally, the demand for schedule 5 medicines has grown so big that dealers have mushroomed across Port Elizabeth, some selling directly to addicts. Stilpaine, known among pushers and users as ‘green beans’, is a hot favourite with women addicted to its pain-numbing qualities. But who is supplying this trade? Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Bernadette Maguire

Presenter: John Webb

Researcher: Sasha Schwendenwein

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Dying for water in Madibeng

The party is over in Madibeng. For years, ‘tenderpreneurs’ have drained the coffers with large, overpriced infrastructure projects - some are missing, others don’t work. Now the municipality is a billion rand in debt, with assets worth R1.5bn missing, and they’re struggling to pay Eskom and their water bills. According to reports, looting continues. The premier says they are working hard to turn around North West’s failing municipalities, but residents have grown impatient, with angry protests over water having led to several deaths. Carte Blanche goes in search of answers.

Producer: Joy Summers

Presenter: Bongani Bingwa

Researcher: Sasha Schwendenwein

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Testing Psychics

Psychics have throughout history been both revered and reviled, their powers believed and disputed. People still rely on the predictions of trusted psychics and Tarot card readers to clarify life-events and help them make big decisions. But do they really have psychic abilities? Mentalist Gilan Gork shows Carte Blanche how little-known cold-reading techniques could in fact be behind apparent psychic insight.

Producer: Carol Albertyn Christie

Presenter: Bongani Bingwa

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