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Carte Blanche: The Podcast

English, News media, 1 season, 300 episodes, 3 days, 1 hour, 35 minutes
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Unique stories. Unique perspectives. Carte Blanche: The Podcast delves beneath the headlines into South African and global issues, bringing you the stories that matter. Like what you hear? Drop us a rating or review.
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Elections Unpacked: Herman Mashaba

Bring back the Scorpions! No more parole. Penal colonies in the Kalahari. And grand corruption will be declared a “crime against humanity”. Furthermore, the triple BEE model will be scrapped – but is a proposed replacement just BEE dressed up in a fancier name? Masa Kekana sits down with ActionSA’s Herman Mashaba to find out how the party hopes to achieve many of its lofty promises.
4/10/202436 minutes, 45 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (8 April 2024)

As the inquiry into the deadly Usindiso building fire wraps up, survivors are running out of time. Another step closer to Eskom 2.0 – but will it solve our power problems? Then, several arrests in the Fort Hare University scandal exposes a deadly network of crime and corruption. And bye-bye e-tolls? Government says: we promise.
4/8/202420 minutes
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (1 April 2024)

A private education giant has fallen, leaving devastated students and parents in its wake. The ANC finds itself between a rock and a hard place as the National Speaker faces arrest. Later, we reflect on a few stories that made us question reality. And how an invasive plant is bringing hope to families in the Northern Cape.
4/1/202422 minutes, 15 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (25 March 2024)

The clear divide between what government chooses to celebrate on Human Rights Day, and what’s really happening on the ground. Then, one basic human right countless South Africans are living without. Later, we need to talk about the MK Party… And how kids on the Cape Flats are helping sunbirds find their way home.
3/25/202420 minutes, 13 seconds
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Elections 2024 Unpacked with Keamogetswe Seipato

With just over two months to go before South Africans are set to make their mark, Masa Kekana sits down with My Vote Counts campaigner, Keamogetswe Seipato, to find out why this election feels so different. What's truly at stake? Who has the most to lose? And why the youth hold the power to change it all.
3/21/202430 minutes, 13 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (18 March 2024)

We’re joined by journalist, Takudzwa Pongweni to take us into this past week’s The Gathering. Then, are local news publications suffering because of tech giants? Has X become a safe space for cyberbullies? One activist says: yes. Later, Nigeria comes down hard on plastic pollution, but is it the best solution? And Gauteng’s Green Army is uplifting communities one veggie garden at a time.
3/18/202422 minutes, 36 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (11 March 2024)

All is not well with Knysna, and a 109-page report tries to explain why. You’ve heard of state capture. But are we entering an era of media capture?Then, the High Court says no to anti-vaxxers. Later, how one mining giant is playing its part in reviving Mpumalanga’s rivers. And the country has been gripped by the heartbreaking case of young Joshlin Smith. Following arrests last week, we look at the state’s case and how online sleuths perhaps took things too far.
3/11/202422 minutes, 47 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (4 March 2024)

Cadre deployment: what does it mean, who’s benefiting and is the DA really in a position to complain?But first: Arrests at last! A massive breakthrough in the AKA murder case gives us hope.Then, AI saves the day as SARS uses tech to take back taxes. And the fight against HIV and AIDS gets a massive boost as a game-changing pilot project goes live.
3/4/202421 minutes, 49 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (26 February 2024)

Causing a stink in Cape Town – the so-called livestock death ship reignites a decades-long debate. Eradicate pit latrines or else – why government has failed to address this human rights violation. Then, we finally have an election date! And why is the ANC staying quiet on Alexei Navalny's death?
2/26/202418 minutes, 40 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (19 February 2024)

The Usindiso Inquiry continues and it highlights the City of Joburg’s many failings. The death of an 11-year-old boy shines the spotlight on unfinished building projects across the country. Then, a feel-good update on a story that left many of our followers seeing red. And conservation news reminds us what we are capable of if we work together. But first, it’s the dreaded Budget week where we are given a sobering overview of the country’s finances. However, if the ANC’s recent comments on loadshedding and state capture are anything to go by, it seems we’re very much on our own…
2/19/202419 minutes, 10 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (12 February 2024)

Someone hide the pens! While the President is eager to sign off on the NHI Bill, organisations and opposition parties are sounding the alarm. Then, the taxman is telling controversial businessman Edwin Sodi to pay up. And we quench our thirst for some good news as we celebrate Tyla’s Grammy win.
2/12/202421 minutes, 33 seconds
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Culture of Secrecy: In Conversation with Luke Lamprecht

Over the years, Carte Blanche has done several investigations into alleged child sexual abuse at various elite boys’ schools across the country. Our focus was primarily on several sports coaches who are either currently facing allegations of child grooming and sexual assault, or have been prosecuted. One thing that was seen in all our investigations was the culture of secrecy that so often prevents victims from speaking out against their abuser. Masa Kekana sits down with Luke Lamprecth from Women and Men Against Child Abuse to gain more insight into why paedophiles often choose aquatic sports to gain access to their young victims, what schools can do to ensure career paedophiles aren’t able to move from one school to the next, and why parents should also guard themselves from being groomed.
2/9/202416 minutes, 40 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (5 February 2024)

It’s SONA week and we’re certain many South Africans aren’t too bothered about even watching the whole affair. But with a potentially life-altering election looming, this might be the most important SONA in years… No spark was found, but a recent lacklustre report on the 2021 July riots certainly sparked controversy. Then, campus horrors as the dark underbelly of Stellenbosch initiation culture is exposed. But is this an isolated case? Then, we head off to the Karoo to visit a tiny town with a few big surprises. And we dig into unsolved mysteries – maybe you could help us find the missing pieces.
2/5/202420 minutes, 22 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (29 January 2024)

Unique stories. Unique perspectives. Carte Blanche: The Podcast delves beneath the headlines on South African and global issues, bringing you the stories that matter. Like what you hear? Drop us a rating or review.
1/29/202420 minutes, 35 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (22 January 2024)

Joining us this week is financial journalist, Ray Mahlaka to help us dissect everything from elections to what’s been happening at this past week’s World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. Then, we ask the question: is it too late for Transnet? And promises, promises, promises. As election season kicks off, Ray tells us what he wants to see and hear from SA’s politicians. That and more, so let’s get into it.
1/22/202422 minutes, 13 seconds
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Cooking the Books

It was when her longtime clients were most vulnerable – dealing with the passing of loved ones – that one Pretoria accountant allegedly dipped into their funds. But where were the industry watchdogs when things went very wrong?
12/14/202316 minutes, 45 seconds
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Cyber Pirates

They call it TV-on-demand – giving consumers access to hundreds of channels and streaming services, all at their fingertips. But what are you really bringing into your home with cheap, illegal TV boxes?
12/13/202313 minutes, 49 seconds
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Hospital of Hope

A hospital designed for patients and built by doctors determined to bring change. Why this new medical facility in Joburg is a game-changer.
12/12/202311 minutes, 25 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (11 December 2023)

In this extended episode, we look at what 2024 might hold. From major elections both locally and internationally, the rise of watershedding, and the dawn of AI. We also examine how global superpowers might have to step aside as Brazil, India and even South Africa are set to have greater political influence. That and so much more in the final episode of 2023.
12/11/202327 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ecopsychology: The Power of Nature

The concept of ecopsychology is becoming a big talking point as experts encourage individuals to feel the grass beneath their feet, breathe in the fresh air, watch wildlife go about their day, or get their hands dirty in the garden. We sit down with Conservation Psychologist, Dr Andrea Marais-Potgieter. Exploring the connection between humans and nature, Andrea understands just how important it is to reconnect with the natural world while also healing nature in the process.
12/6/202335 minutes, 51 seconds
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Josh Crickmay: A Big Life

An out-of-the-box approach to bring their son back from the brink of death. Josh Crickmay is living a big adventure, repaying a life debt to mother nature.
12/5/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (4 December 2023)

It's Dezemba and it's been a whopper of a year overflowing with news events that left us stunned, surprised, infuriated, despondent, and inspired. We look back on some of the major newsmakers that had an impact on us and the nation.
12/4/202331 minutes, 5 seconds
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The LinkedIn Swindler

He used a popular social media platform for professionals to lure his unsuspecting international clients. But once they paid up, the so-called LinkedIn Swindler disappeared with their money. But police are on his trail.
11/29/202312 minutes, 53 seconds
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Bird Flu

A devastating outbreak of bird flu, farmers on the brink of financial ruin and a last-ditch attempt to prevent food shortages. Can the poultry industry survive SA’s worst outbreak in recorded history?
11/28/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (27 November 2023)

First-time voters show up in full force, but will it be enough to effect change in the upcoming national elections? We talk about coalitions – again – as a minority party speaker takes her place in Joburg. Then, the ongoing war in Gaza hits close to home as the ANC takes a stance. And how one programme is turning learners into leaders.
11/27/202320 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ikwezi Lokusa: A Good Deed

It should have been a moment of celebration; hundreds of donations from generous Carte Blanche viewers delivered to children with special needs at Ikwezi Lokusa. But it almost ended in anger and frustration for the volunteers...
11/22/202315 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hysterectomy Hell

It’s estimated about one in four women will have a hysterectomy by the age of 55. Melanie Verwoerd became part of that statistic, and endured months of a gruelling recovery after her surgery – but now for the big question: was the operation even necessary?
11/21/202311 minutes, 9 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (20 November 2023)

We look at why Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has his sights set on Africa. Then, a Harvard report provides some clues on how to fix the country. We make sense of the Forex Cartel case involving multiple major banks. Later, the global fight against TB continues and South Africa is leading the way. And does size really matter? When it comes to small towns, the answer is no.
11/20/202320 minutes, 47 seconds
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Liquid Gold

Fuel spiking, cross-border tax fraud, under-declaring of quantities… We expose a game of dodgy clearing agents and fake paperwork as the underground dirty fuel industry costs the country billions. We go undercover.
11/15/202319 minutes, 27 seconds
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Springboks Homecoming

As South Africa continues to celebrate the Springboks' recent Rugby World Cup victory, we look back on their thrilling journey and get a glimpse of things to come.
11/14/20238 minutes, 46 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (13 November 2023)

As the war in Gaza continues, we look at the inexcusable human cost on both sides. Then, the fight against corruption continues but is government even in our corner? Later, Transnet has gone off the rails and another bail out is probably not the best solution. And hold onto hope and celebrate the beauty of South Africa as we wrap things up with a few green shoots.
11/13/202321 minutes, 10 seconds
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AmaPanyaza

Peacekeepers, force multipliers, or a Premier's private army? Hastily deployed with training still in progress and now accused of brutal assault. We investigate how Gauteng's Crime Prevention Wardens might become a law unto themselves.
11/8/202312 minutes, 39 seconds
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Written in the Bones

She's among the rare few experts who can decipher the secrets in bones. Through her work, she reveals how and why a newborn baby passed away.
11/7/202310 minutes, 52 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (6 November 2023)

Is there a doctor in the house? Certainly not when it comes to bogus doctor, Matthew Lani. Homeless and hopeless: survivors of the Marshalltown Fire are left to fend for themselves. Then, as loadshedding makes its unwelcome return, Eskom delivers even more bad news. And we pay tribute to two inspiring individuals - Professor Shabir Madhi and Nompilo Dlamini.
11/6/202319 minutes, 31 seconds
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Not So Qute

It’s compact, lightweight and has a top speed of 70km an hour. In the cutthroat business of e-hailing services, the Bajaj Qute is an unwelcome competitor. But is the new kid on the block operating illegally and putting the lives of motorists and commuters at risk?
11/1/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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Saving Private Rhino

While poaching continues to decimate South Africa’s rhino, conservation efforts were given a lifeline with the purchase of the world’s largest population of privately owned rhino. Can an audacious plan by NGO African Parks to rewild 2,000 of them help save white rhino in South Africa?
10/31/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (30 October 2023)

The ANC wants to call it quits on partnering with the EFF. The latest Brenthurst Survey predicts some interesting 2023 election outcomes. Then, the AGOA Forum kicks off this week. And the SA Music Awards in limbo. But first, Erin Bates and Queenin Masuabi look at the Springboks' unforgettable Rugby World Cup journey and how it’s inspired a nation.
10/30/202321 minutes, 20 seconds
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Joburg Undermined

Explosions, sinkholes, earth tremors. Beneath our feet, the dangerous, volatile world of zama zamas. But could rampant illegal gold mining ultimately destroy Johannesburg?
10/25/202318 minutes, 4 seconds
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Unsung Hero

Runner Jono Kruger runs with purpose. We meet the local hero who’s challenging poverty in the lives of children in his Eastern Cape.
10/24/202310 minutes, 33 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (23 October 2023)

The Western Cape is under siege as gang violence and organised crime takes hold. A damning report on last year’s Parliament blaze confirms what we all kind of knew. Then, is this another Life Esidimeni on the cards? The horrendous state at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital’s psychiatric ward. And the Train of Hope that’s bringing healthcare to the masses.
10/23/202318 minutes, 44 seconds
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Hot Property

The Johannesburg Property Company is back in the spotlight as questions emerge around its current board, while a controversial CEO manages to stay under the radar.
10/19/202316 minutes, 10 seconds
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Codeine Chemist

He’s a popular figure in his community and a well-known pharmacist in Gauteng. Now under investigation for allegedly trading codeine on the black market, we find out what he’s been hiding.
10/18/202320 minutes, 54 seconds
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Debrief: Tarryn Crossman

You've listened to our recent stories on suspended lawyer Zuko Nonxuba and the terrible conditions at Ikwezi Lokusa Special School. Now, we speak to the producer behind both these ongoing investigations, Tarryn Crossman. From traversing the rural areas of the Eastern Cape in search of Nonxuba's alleged victims, to going undercover to witness the horrors at Ikwezi Lokusa - Tarryn takes us behind the camera.
10/17/202322 minutes, 34 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (16 October 2023)

We’ve seen the devastation of the Israel-Hamas War and South Africa won’t be left unscathed. Is Pravin the problem? Why our SOEs just can’t seem to get it right. Then, South Africa closes the books on Steinhoff. And grains of hope in the latest census report.
10/16/202319 minutes, 18 seconds
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EXTRA: Debrief: Stories About Children

Carte Blanche is known for telling hard-hitting, impactful stories. But some stories hit harder than others, most notably our stories on matters affecting children. Two recent investigations left Masa Kekana and Govan Whittles shaken - our exposé on suspended lawyer, Zuko Nonxuba, and an undercover investigation into Ikwezi Lokhusa Special School. Masa and Govan discuss the difficulties around telling these stories and how they deal with the emotional toll that follows.
10/12/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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Soccer's Lost Legacy

A global event hosted with a promise of the glorious legacy that would put SA soccer on the map. But a decade on, the promises lay plundered. Who stole the country’s footballing hope.
10/11/202317 minutes, 44 seconds
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Hammanskraal Cholera Horror

When the deadly cholera outbreak struck Hammanskraal in May, the town was invaded by media, microphones, blue lights and politicians. Promises were made. So, why are the very people who lost their loved ones to cholera still dependent on the water tankers they blame for the outbreak?
10/10/202311 minutes, 12 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (9 October 2023)

Two big findings by Parliament's Ethics Committee have everyone riled up. A doping scandal of a different kind as government misses a crucial deadline. Has South Africa passed the point of no return as kidnappings and assassinations become the order of the day? Government places its bets on the Post Bank. And two South African teachers get recognised for their work in uplifting the youth.
10/9/202321 minutes, 39 seconds
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Taxi Strike: The Aftermath

During the deadly taxi strike, Philippi East - a crime-ridden suburb - was caught in the crossfire. Now, with a precarious truce struck between the City of Cape Town and taxi bosses, can this community move on?
10/4/202312 minutes, 43 seconds
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Rally Rookies

Fast cars, dirt roads and a passion for racing… Ordinarily, you wouldn’t associate this with a school. But one school in the Eastern Cape is helping students leave the classroom in the dust!
10/3/202310 minutes, 1 second
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (2 October 2023)

The recent Cape Town floods have us wondering just how prepared national government is for extreme weather events. Then, we look at how the ANC is failing the people of South Africa. And we reflect on the tragic lives of Zoleka and Winnie Mandela.
10/2/202321 minutes, 28 seconds
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Zuko Nonxuba: Justice Prevails

In the Eastern Cape, well-known lawyer, Zuko Nonxuba allegedly defrauded his young clients: children living with disabilities. But despite him operating for years, the organisation that ensures lawyers fulfil their mandate failed to stop him.
9/28/202313 minutes, 20 seconds
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Police Failures

Three children are murdered in South Africa every day. The most recent crime stats reveal that 293 children were murdered between April and June this year - a 20 percent increase. Shockingly, many of these cases are unresolved.
9/27/202316 minutes, 12 seconds
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Senzo Meyiwa: The First Suspect

When soccer star Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead, Zamokuhle Mbatha’s life changed forever. Charged with his brutal murder and paraded in court, he was the first suspect in the case. But the police got it wrong.
9/26/202311 minutes, 13 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (25 September 2023)

Eskom sees less loadshedding in our future. But how optimistic should we be? The National State Enterprises Bill has ruffled a few feathers. So, what does it all mean? Markus Jooste says it wasn't him. How plausible is his defence? President Ramaphosa's dubious June peace mission to Ukraine and Russia is bearing fruit - sort of. And when it comes to loadshedding, a sense of humour will get you far. Just ask Trevor Noah.
9/25/202317 minutes, 22 seconds
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Horror in the Inner City

In Johannesburg, at least 77 people were killed after a fire tore through a five-storey building. Witnesses say most of the victims didn’t stand a chance. Now, as the city scrambles for answers, we investigate how hijacked buildings could bring the inner city to its knees.
9/21/202312 minutes, 14 seconds
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Job Scams

Gripped by unemployment and frantic to find a way out… How ruthless job scammers are preying on job seekers.
9/20/202311 minutes, 23 seconds
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Whistleblower House

Taking the courageous - and possibly dangerous - step of blowing the whistle on fraud and corruption has just become a lot easier. Meet the heroes of Whistleblower House where safety and support have found a new address.
9/19/202312 minutes, 32 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (18 September 2023)

National Treasury wants to tighten the purse strings and not everyone is keen on the idea. A civil servant strike has the City of Tshwane on its knees, while other metros across the country are teetering on the edge. Then, we celebrate the Rugby World Cup gees and look at ways to fix the country.
9/18/202320 minutes, 13 seconds
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High Impact

There’s virtually no game of rugby that doesn’t result in some concussion injuries. But the big question: how many knocks does it take to cause long-term, irreversible damage? We reveal breakthroughs in concussion research that help protect the players and the game.
9/14/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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EXTRA Business Rescue Basics

There's no denying: the South African economy is on shaky ground. As a result, many business across the country are struggling to keep head above water, leaving many owners dent-ridden and facing impending collapse. But business rescue could be a life-saver, especially if you act early. Masa Kekana speaks to business rescue practitioners about the pros and cons of the process and why it's not necessarily the end of the road for some.
9/13/202315 minutes, 4 seconds
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EXTRA: Taxi Turmoil with Andre Vlok

Ever since another taxi strike erupted on the streets of Cape Town in August, negotiations between City of Cape Town officials and taxi industry representative body, SANTACO, have been ongoing. Insiders say discussions have been fraught as both sides thrash out the finer points of an agreement that would not only protect commuters, but ensure there’s a mutual understanding between officials, taxi drivers and operators. We caught up with conflict resolution specialist, Andre Vlok, to find out where previous negotiations most likely fell apart, and get his views on possible long-term solutions.
9/12/202318 minutes, 13 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (11 September 2023)

Nothing to see here, folks… The Lady R report raises more questions. Why has Daily Maverick become the target of not one, but two cyber attacks? Then, the SANDF is left red-faced as classified info gets leaked. Later, big pharma bullies… We look at the recently released COVID-19 contracts. And some good news for 2000 South African rhino.
9/11/202319 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ellis Park's Demise

Emirates Airline Park - once the grand dame of stadiums hosting some of the biggest rugby clashes in the world. Now, as Joburg’s inner city continues to decay, this iconic stadium stands as a shadow of its former glory.
9/7/202312 minutes, 36 seconds
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UPDATE: A Hard-Knock Life

In March 2023, we investigated a Swedish businessman and self-styled philanthropist who’d made sweeping promises to an impoverished community in the Limpopo town of Alldays. We uncovered how he’d failed to keep those promises, failing the area’s children and becoming embroiled in a dispute in which the local municipality appeared reluctant to intervene. It was an outcome for which the children and their desperate carers were paying the ultimate price. But happily, things have changed as the businessman has fled the country, and the children in need were finally given access to this life-changing centre.
9/6/20238 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Station Strangler

Violent, prolific and with an insatiable appetite for killing young boys. For years, the Station Strangler terrorised communities in the Western Cape. Now, the man once believed to be the serial murderer is on parole and his neighbours are living in fear.
9/5/202311 minutes, 43 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (4 September 2023)

A devastating fire in Johannesburg leaves over 70 people dead. But could it have been prevented? We look at Gauteng crime stats and crime wardens. Then, a vote mired in controversy: why is government keeping quiet on the Zimbabwe elections? Later, another political party is launched. This time, Ace Magashule is ready to ACT. And another shoutout to Gift of the Givers.
9/4/202319 minutes, 48 seconds
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Farmer Piet

What does a retired prison warder, a house mother and pastor have in common? They all landed in the clutches of a notorious local scamster. We’re on the trail of a well-known Eastern Cape farmer who duped scores of victims out of their pensions.
8/31/202316 minutes, 25 seconds
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Finding Baby Olothando

A mother entrusts the care of her newborn to someone she knows. Within seconds, both disappear without a trace. So, how did a healthcare worker solve the case of a missing baby boy?
8/30/202311 minutes, 30 seconds
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Taxi Strike

Years of tension between the City of Cape Town and the taxi industry came to a head this week as wanton violence spilled onto the city’s highways and streets, unwitting commuters and other civilians caught in the middle. On Thursday last week, taxi bosses unexpectedly suspended their services to embark on a week-long stay-away that left thousands of desperate commuters stranded. Many of them, including school children, attempted the long treacherous journeys home on foot. Violence soon followed as buses and other vehicles were burnt and stoned, and troublemakers sowed chaos on commuter transport routes by intimidating workers trying to get to and from work. At the centre of the stand-off was a demand that impounded taxis be released, something the City’s authorities refused to consider. By Thursday evening, and after several rounds of tense negotiations, the taxi industry finally gave in.
8/29/202311 minutes, 36 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (28 August 2023)

It was all eyes on BRICS - so what's in it for us? Then, we look at recent extreme climate events and ask: how prepared is SA government? Then, a much-needed positive development in the Zuko Nonxuba matter. And we pay tribute to Derek Watts.
8/28/202318 minutes, 50 seconds
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Semigration

Johannesburg: the City of Gold. Poorly maintained, high crime levels, dilapidated. Cape Town: the Mother City. Pristine beaches, a functioning municipality and the dark underbelly of organised crime. It’s the battle of provinces as hard-nosed Joburgers choose to escape to the Cape.
8/24/202312 minutes, 17 seconds
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Pressing Issues

Are baseless lawsuits and intimidation shrinking the space for journalists in South Africa to speak truth to power? We investigate the rising cost of press freedom and the potentially lethal toll of fear and interference.
8/23/202311 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rugby's First Lady

Sports broadcaster extraordinaire, and standing tall among the legends of the sports, Motshidisi Mohono is rugby’s First Lady.
8/22/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (21 August 2023)

A new COVID strain makes headlines. But no need to stock up on wine and cigarettes just yet. Then, will government hand over secretive documents relating to COVID vaccine procurement deals? Wednesday is election day for Zimbabwe and things are off to a really bad start… Later, coalition government has a dismal track record in SA. But could the Moonshot Pact make a success of it? And there’s a lot of good news: from heroic ministers to employment figures, and a rising star…
8/21/202320 minutes, 16 seconds
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Macassar's Dumping Ground

In May this year, a body was found on a beach in Macassar in the Western Cape. The victim, a young woman, had been brutally raped and murdered before being dumped in the sand. There were no witnesses, and over the next few days, three more bodies were discovered in this small community. But it wasn’t always like this: elderly residents who have lived in the once-peaceful fishing village their whole lives recall happier times. But in the past decade, conditions have deteriorated so dramatically that Macassar is no longer safe, with gangs from inside and outside the area roaming the streets. With the police apparently powerless to help, Macassar is under siege.
8/17/202310 minutes, 57 seconds
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Closer to Home

Residents on Joburg’s East Rand are living in fear. Illegal rock blasting, running gun battles and zama zamas mining for gold - right on their doorsteps.
8/16/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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Tractor Tannie

What would you do to help your child realise their sporting dream - even if it’s wacky and off-beat? The story of a mother, her daughter and a 1600 km journey in a very old tractor.
8/15/20239 minutes, 54 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (14 August 2023)

A quick look at the recent taxi strike and, of course, Zuma's special remission. Then, we focus on several court cases this week including the Blue Lights assault matter, the acquittal of child rapist, Ntokozo Zikhali, and the latest on the Babita Deokoran case. We also continue our Women's Month discussion.
8/14/202317 minutes, 7 seconds
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Let Them Eat Pap

A sanctioned Russian oligarch, a multi-billion rand Manganese mine and the impoverished communities in the Northern Cape that should’ve benefited from a lucrative deal. We investigate why it all went wrong.
8/10/202322 minutes, 10 seconds
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Dancing with Putin

A former president, South Africa’s political entanglements, and the dance with Putin's Russia. Does a friendship with Russia jeopardise South Africa’s future?
8/9/202311 minutes, 46 seconds
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Broadcast Bandit

We investigate a man of many incarnations: film director, television distributor, doctor and now, pastor. Why do his victims claim he’s duped them out of hundreds of thousands of rands? After a year-long investigation, we track down the notorious Netflix Scammer.
8/8/202312 minutes, 23 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (7 August 2023)

Symbolic or a veiled threat? We look at the latest debate swirling around Kill The Boer. Then, illegal mining is top of mind for many Joburg residents. So, what’s the solution? And we celebrate Women’s Month while also taking a very sober look at what can be done to empower South African women even more.
8/7/202317 minutes, 32 seconds
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Black Dust

As the influx of coal trucks to Richards Bay keeps escalating, stockpiles are popping up like mushrooms with scant regard to rules and regulations. How will the residents survive clouds of black dust permeating the air they breathe?
8/3/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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Grid Gremlins

As Eskom continues to teeter on the edge, we ask what disaster management plans have been put in place should the unthinkable happen.
8/2/202312 minutes, 13 seconds
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Banyana Banyana - Road to Glory

Train harder, play with power and perseverance, show no mercy. They've been called SA's beacon of hope, the pride of the nation. But what will it take for Banyana Banyana to win the upcoming World Cup?
8/1/202313 minutes, 8 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (31 July 2023)

Putin won't be attending the BRICS Summit, but SA's Russia headache is far from over. Then, why did it take so long for Paul Mashatile's VIP Protection Unit to get arrested? And we get excited about the Netball World Cup.
7/31/202318 minutes, 59 seconds
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Broken Peace: A Westbury Story

Westbury - an area with a rich history and a violent present. Located on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the region has been plagued by gangsterism for decades. But individuals like gangster-turned-pastor, Peter Faver hope to turn things around and save the community from a bloody future.
7/28/202324 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bested by Bester

"A web of lies, eager accomplices and the dramatic escape of Thabo Bester. But his freedom was short-lived. Now, a former Mangaung Prison guard pieces together the clues. "
7/26/202311 minutes, 21 seconds
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Tourists Under Siege

Criminals are terrorising the streets of Mthatha. But it’s tourists who’ve become easy targets for card scammers. With no evidence, and no police investigation, the visitors fear coming back to South Africa.
7/24/202311 minutes, 12 seconds
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Shooting for Success

In a community overcome by drug abuse and teen pregnancy, one woman is using sports to bring change. Now, a battered netball court has become the building blocks for a better future.
7/24/202310 minutes, 43 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (24 July 2023)

Will Zuma be sent back to prison? First, he needs to come back to South Africa. Then, medical xenophobia comes under the spotlight this week. And why every day should be Mandela Day.
7/23/202316 minutes, 18 seconds
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Runner's Rage

On the running calendar, the Comrades Marathon is the toughest race on earth. Local and international competitors train for months, sometimes even years, for the opportunity to complete the brutal 89 km run. For the last-place finishers, the medal is priceless: confirmation that they’ve completed the race before the 12-hour cut-off time. But this year, something went horribly wrong and hundreds of runners were cut off “too soon”. In fact, there were hardly any runners near the finish line when the gun went off at the 12-hour mark, leaving the field uncharacteristically empty. With runners crying foul, claiming they’ve been unfairly deprived of their hard-earned medals, what went wrong?
7/20/202310 minutes, 30 seconds
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Empty Harvest

For days, heavy rains in the Western Cape wreaked havoc on the province. With no electricity and no food supplies coming in, Citrusdal was cut off and farmers suffered devastating losses. We visit a community in turmoil.
7/19/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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'Til the Wheels Come Off

When robbing Peter to pay Paul – and then paying Peter again – becomes the basis for one of the most elaborate Ponzi schemes in automotive history... The next chapter in SA’s great car Ponzi scheme.
7/18/202316 minutes, 5 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (16 July 2023)

The scandals keep piling up against South Africa’s Deputy President. But all is perhaps not what it seems. A little help from his friends? In the case of Joburg Mayor, Kabelo Gwamanda, it seems that’s exactly what’s happening. And a small victory in a monumental fight as Caster Semenya is thrown a lifeline.
7/17/202317 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Mobster, The Beauty Queen and The Hitmen

The assassinations of two Bulgarians in a quiet suburb in Cape Town in 2018. A cargo ship carrying tonnes of cocaine seized in Saldanha Bay in 2021. And now, four Bulgarians brutally murdered in a leafy lane in Constantia. A startling coincidence or clear signs of a foreign criminal cartel putting down roots in the Western Cape?
7/13/202315 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dead Man Driving

As Britain’s most notorious insurance fraudster once said: pretending you’re dead is easy. Coming back to life is, as everyone knows, slightly more difficult. We investigate how one couple’s fake death scam unravelled spectacularly.
7/12/202311 minutes, 9 seconds
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A Better Ending

It's what they do and who they are… The Betereinders: working toward a more equal, more integrated, better South Africa! Facing the difficult conversations and deliberately getting to know people of other races in the hopes of transforming SA, one new friendship at a time.
7/11/20239 minutes, 22 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (10 July 2023)

In this slightly longer episode, we focus on various geopolitical issues impacting South Africa. With the BRICS Summit happening in August, is it worth the political headache? Then, another summit you’ve probably never heard of that could lead to even more fallout. And we end things off on a positive note as we look at how local entrepreneurs are going big with the very small black soldier fly.
7/10/202320 minutes, 8 seconds
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Nightmare Nightclub

It’s known as a hotspot for young people looking for a fun night out. But with a reputation for underage drinking and violent bouncers, why has one nightclub in Gauteng been allowed to continue operating?
7/6/202316 minutes, 15 seconds
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Un-welfare

They're the backbone of the social care system that Gauteng's most vulnerable people have come to rely on. But what happens when a shift in policy suddenly threatens to reduce the very funding that NGOs need to provide care?
7/5/202312 minutes, 12 seconds
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Lessons in Solitude

The Golden Globe Yacht Race – the most challenging solo competition the sailing world has to offer – won this year by a most extraordinary South African woman. Kirsten Neuschäfer made South Africa proud. But who is the woman behind the win?
7/4/202312 minutes, 11 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (3 July 2023)

What the Wagner Group’s Russian rebellion means for Africa. The latest unemployment figures are out and things are not looking good. And not one but two positive stories to get you ready for the week ahead.
7/3/202317 minutes, 13 seconds
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Shaka iLembe

Six years in the making, the premiere of Shaka iLembe is finally here. It promises to wow audiences with a South African story that has everything a blockbuster is made of.
6/29/20239 minutes, 23 seconds
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Wheelspin

Imagine driving a brand-new luxury vehicle every six months without ever paying a loan instalment. Sound too good to be true? Well, it probably is! We investigate an intricate Ponzi scheme that’s got some participants in a wheelspin.
6/28/202313 minutes, 18 seconds
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Finding Zuko Nonxuba

Millions of rands in medical negligence claims, 20 plaintiffs, and the disabled children who were defrauded by a disgraced lawyer. We investigate why the SAPS and the Legal Practice Council, have done nothing.
6/27/202318 minutes, 20 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (26 June 2023)

We break down the rands and cents of the controversial Karpowership deal. Then, the shambolic Ukraine-Russia peace mission - but what was actually discussed? And several wins for truth and justice!
6/26/202317 minutes, 6 seconds
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Lost Legacies

For over eight months, we investigated why some commercial farmers have lost all they owned. Why are some farmers saying they have been targeted by a ruthless liquidation mafia, acting in the name of the country’s Land Bank?
6/22/202315 minutes, 45 seconds
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Pothole Spotting

It’s an invention that’s repurposing existing technology to help motorists deal with the dreaded pothole. Now, this little device – called Amehlo – could help motorists see potholes before they even develop and instantly report them.
6/21/202311 minutes, 53 seconds
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Taking it All

They carry firearms, kick down doors and arrest suspected criminals. But they aren’t the police... Fed up with crime in their communities, this self-appointed anti-crime unit in Gauteng is using its own methods to combat criminality.
6/20/202313 minutes, 45 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (19 June 2023)

Move BRICS, get out the way! Could government hand over this political hot potato to China? Then, we explore why the National Health Insurance (NHI) simply won't work in its current form. And an unbelievable story of survival.
6/18/202317 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stairway to Hell

Is the City of Cape Town hiding corruption and fraud in its housing department? Two major Cape Town construction companies, owned by brothers-in-law, come to loggerheads over lucrative construction contracts.
6/15/202313 minutes
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Wild, Wild West(bury)

Westbury: a stone's throw away from Johannesburg where the wave of gangster turf killings, guns, and drugs is steadily swelling. Now, some determined mothers, who've paid a very high price, are kicking back against the tide.
6/14/202312 minutes, 11 seconds
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Wheelchair Boxer

Tony Adebayo has been using a wheelchair all his life. But despite the obvious challenges, it hasn’t stopped him from becoming a competitive wheelchair sprinter, mid-distance competitor, and a champion weightlifter.
6/13/202310 minutes, 20 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (12 June 3023)

Is press freedom under attack? Then, we look at how a partnership between business and government could fix the country. And some advice to the ad-hoc committee tasked with selecting a new Public Protector.
6/12/202318 minutes, 39 seconds
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Feckless Franchisor

From a future filled with promise – investing into a fool proof franchise – to running for their lives as the franchisor turned on them. We track down an alleged serial scammer that's intimidating some of his clients.
6/9/202313 minutes, 8 seconds
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Rogue Responders

It’s a growing phenomenon: community members in Gauteng stepping up to act as paramedics at accident scenes. But what happens when a Good Samaritan’s actions threaten the life of a patient?
6/8/202310 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Village Genius

From Vondwe village in Venda to Boston’s prestigious MIT… We meet the award-winning inventor of the game-changing liquid cement.
6/7/202310 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Gift of Giving

Syria, Sudan, South Africa… There are few places in the world they wouldn’t go to help those in distress. How Dr Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers are saving lives around the world – one disaster at a time.
6/6/202311 minutes, 45 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (5 May 2023)

Heather and Lezanne chat about what BRICS actually means for SA and why the Ukraine peace process is distracting us from the bigger picture; the assault on dignity of LGBTQI+ people and basic human rights in Uganda and parts of the US; good news on the State Capture front as the US SEC fines a US consultancy firm for its role - but when will SA make its move? And why AIDS vaccine development is giving us hope.
6/5/202316 minutes, 24 seconds
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Of Parties and Puppets

How did the Al Jama-ah party vet current Johannesburg mayor, Kabelo Gwamanda for this crucial position? They asked his mother... According to party leader, Ganief Hendricks, this was more than enough. We call Gwamanda's qualifications into question.
5/31/20239 minutes, 38 seconds
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The De Ruyter Interview

Former Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter is overseas and somewhere in hiding as the ANC seeks to serve papers on him for defamation. He gives Bongani a behind-the-scenes perspective of his three years at the helm.
5/31/202321 minutes, 25 seconds
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Affinity Affront

In a community that prides itself on ethics and truth, how did one of their own – an accountant with a great investment offer – manage to dupe so many?
5/30/202313 minutes, 34 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (29 May 2023)

Government fails the community of Hammanskraal as a cholera outbreak takes hold, Queenin tries to wrap her head around AI-generated content, and why that cute cactus in your home could be funding a global syndicate.
5/29/202318 minutes, 6 seconds
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Arch Angels

When 16 teams from around the world lined up to take on the Cape2Rio Race, SA rookies calling themselves the Arch Angels didn’t stand a chance. But this unlikely team of seafarers turned the iconic race on its head.
5/25/202311 minutes, 42 seconds
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Pandering to Putin

Will he or won’t he? As the world holds its breath to see what the SA government will do should Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the BRICS summit in August, we look at the potential political fallout.
5/24/202310 minutes, 36 seconds
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Saving N/uu

Of about 7 000 languages spoken worldwide, at least 25 disappear every year. And with each one, irreplaceable heritage and culture is lost. Now, one extraordinary 90-year-old is working to keep traces of her N/uu language alive.
5/23/202312 minutes, 16 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (22 May 2023)

Mother knows best? Not quite when it comes to Joburg's current mayor, Kabelo Gwamanda. Masa and Ferial also get into the ongoing Russian debacle, and we celebrate some good news for struggling parents.
5/22/202317 minutes, 32 seconds
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UPDATE: Jonathan Constable

Carte Blanche laid bare Jonathan Constable's many alleged dodgy schemes: from masquerading as a property expert to claiming he's an international immigration consultant, and everything in between. Jonathan Constable had left his alleged victims outraged and out of pocket, but now he's feeling the heat. After over a year on the run, and with nowhere left to hide, the fake pilot comes crashing down to earth – quite literally.
5/18/20235 minutes, 38 seconds
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Pilot Project

A man with a chequered past, a criminal record, and multiple allegations of fraud stacking up against him in the community of Rosettenville. We set out to find him…
5/17/202312 minutes, 51 seconds
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Reading Crisis

It’s a startling statistic: nearly 80% of grade 4 children in SA can’t read. Our exclusive access to Department of Basic Education planning documents sheds new light on how government is failing children across the country.
5/16/202314 minutes, 11 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (15 May 2023)

Well, ship! The Rand takes a tumble as the world wants to know: what was on the Russian vessel, Lady R? Then, we take a quick look at the recent Eskom SCOPA hearings. And why the Klein Karoo has foodies around the world excited.
5/15/202316 minutes, 55 seconds
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Knockout

Endurance athlete and digital nomad Paulo de Barros found a perfect home in Cape Town, until he was assaulted and injured to within an inch of his life at a party. CCTV footage captured the events, so why would prosecutors not pursue the case?
5/11/202312 minutes, 54 seconds
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Hook-up Holdup

Dating apps are a popular online destination for singles looking for love or hook-ups. But for some users, instead of falling in love, they’ve fallen prey to unscrupulous and violent criminals exploiting dating apps for nefarious gain.
5/10/202318 minutes, 45 seconds
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Behind the Visor

It’s a dog-eat-dog industry: a race against the clock to deliver food to thousands of customers, and they’re just hoping to make it back home. We go behind the frontlines of the country’ growing army of food delivery bikers.
5/9/202313 minutes, 6 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (8 May 2023)

As the country faces another week of Stage 6 loadshedding, Daily Maverick's Ray Mahlaka tells us what the Minister of Electricity told him... Then, we look at the latest developments in the Life Esidimeni inquest, and Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana celebrates the inclusion of sign language as our twelfth official language. That and more in this week's WholeWeek Wrap.
5/8/202317 minutes, 12 seconds
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Thabo Bester: Red Notice

The plan was meticulous: an unidentified body, a blazing fire, and prison officials who were paid to look the other way... Convicted murderer Thabo Bester almost got away with the most daring prison break in South Africa, until GroundUp’s investigative journalists caught on.
5/4/202316 minutes
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Mesh Action

An international pharma giant, a medical device intended to better the lives of women worldwide, and the devastating health complications impacting some. Why some South African women are heading to court in a class action lawsuit that could make history.
5/3/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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Diabetes Lifeline

With at least 180 injections every month, caring for diabetic children is a heavy burden placed on caregivers. But could tech advances spell a long-awaited breakthrough?
5/2/202311 minutes, 23 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (1 May 2023)

Former Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter had some explaining to do before parliament, Masa and Heather question whether coalitions could ever work, and President Cyril Ramaphosa's big ICC blunder.
4/30/202316 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bloemfontein Brouhaha

It’s a free-for-all at the University of the Free State as student houses pop up all over town, taking over the suburbs and allowing landlords to cash in. But how are residents meant to live with their neighbourhoods tuning into party zones?
4/27/202311 minutes, 31 seconds
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Munching on Masonja

It’s not everyone’s idea of a balanced meal, but the lowly mopane worm is creeping into milkshakes and ice cream. Meet the indigenous foods becoming part of a protein revolution.
4/25/20239 minutes, 17 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (24 April 2023)

It's all eyes on inflation as South Africans find it increasingly more challenging to make ends meet. Markus Jooste skips court and Germany isn't having any of it. And Masa chats to Ferial about football and potholes...
4/24/202316 minutes, 26 seconds
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Stealing from Disabled Kids

He was a well-known and respected lawyer in the Eastern Cape, popular for helping poor families win multi-million rand medical negligence claims. But in some cases, he simply pocketed the money and left his clients – mostly children with disabilities – with nothing.
4/20/202321 minutes, 31 seconds
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Coalition Course

It’s a classic marriage of convenience; political parties with very little in common forced into a coalition government. As the scraps for power and positions intensify, can SA’s biggest metros survive the collapse of good governance?
4/19/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sim Tiger

Some call him Baby Tiger Woods, and with his extraordinary talent on the golf course it’s difficult to disagree. We meet rising golf star Sim Tshabalala.
4/18/20237 minutes, 25 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (17 April 2023)

From his dramatic escape to his rearrest to all-out confrontations in parliament - convicted murderer and rapist, Thabo Bester dominated the headlines this past week. Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana and Daily Maverick's Janet Heard also look at the impact of infrastructure vandalism, and is the South African Post Office on its last legs?
4/17/202315 minutes, 58 seconds
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Murray & Son

The murder of independent liquidator Cloete Murray and his son has sent shockwaves through the country. With yet another deadly assassination in broad daylight, we ask: where are our crime-fighting agencies as organised crime takes hold?
4/13/202320 minutes, 56 seconds
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Black Beach Hell

A knock on a hotel door in the middle of the night… Why were two South African engineers targeted for arrest in Equatorial Guinea? After a month in some of the continent’s most notorious prisons, who can get them out?
4/12/202313 minutes, 12 seconds
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Batting for Change

Raised in one of the most violent communities in the country, children in Manenberg have very few opportunities But with bat and ball, one cricket coach is determined to use the sport to make a difference.
4/11/202312 minutes, 1 second
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (10 April 2023)

Did the National State of Disaster achieve much in finding solutions to our ongoing energy crisis? And what's up with that Eskom exemption that had South Africans concerned? Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana and Business Maverick's Ray Mahlaka try and answer these questions and more.
4/10/202315 minutes, 8 seconds
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A Hard-Knock Life

A wealthy international property owner in Limpopo, vulnerable children, and the millions donated to an orphanage that doesn’t exist. We investigate.
4/6/202314 minutes, 58 seconds
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Arthritis Kids

Painful and debilitating: some children living with arthritis are offered a life-saving treatment. But why are some medical aids reluctant to pay? More on Carte Blanche
4/5/202312 minutes, 56 seconds
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Steytlerville Follies

A quaint little hotel in the Eastern Cape countryside and a couple who created a life filled with everything they love. Join us for the Steytlerville Follies!
4/4/202310 minutes, 32 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (3 April 2023)

It's the prison break on everyone's lips - Thabo Bester has netizens and government buzzing. We also look towards the 2024 election and the DA's elective conference, and Daily Maverick's Queenin and Carte Blanche's Siniketiwe try and make sense of the Luh Twizzy challenge. More on Carte Blanche
4/3/202315 minutes, 6 seconds
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Prophets for Profit

He says God told him to train up an army of prophetic end-time generals at a multicampus online private university. But why have no earthly education authorities accredited his degrees?
3/31/202312 minutes, 58 seconds
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IronMac - The Finish Line

It was a promise made to his friend and cyclist Andre. Now, Macfarlane Moleli has completed one of the toughest challenges in the world. He is an IRONMAN!
3/30/202311 minutes, 44 seconds
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Eskom: The Intelligence Report

An explosive intelligence report exposing high-ranking government ministers and alleged criminal cartels operating inside Eskom. But without evidence, is it just smoke and mirrors?
3/29/202314 minutes, 18 seconds
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Celebrating Mark Pilgrim

Despite a second cancer diagnosis, Mark Pilgrim took on the fight, and his positive outlook had South Africans rallying behind him. We celebrate his life.   
3/28/20237 minutes, 34 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (27 March 2023)

As Human Rights Month comes to a close, Carte Blanche's Siniketiwe Hlanze and Maverick Citizen editor Mark Heywood look at everything from basic services, to our Constitution, to protests. We end things off with a wholesome discussion on the South African people's resilience and ability to transcend even the most trying times. 
3/27/202316 minutes, 7 seconds
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Fumigation Felony

A Durban couple goes to bed, never to wake up again. Investigations reveal the cause of death: an agricultural poison used to fumigate the neighbour’s flat and prohibited in urban areas. We investigate how this happened. 
3/24/202313 minutes, 44 seconds
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A Winning Formula E

Cape Town was the perfect host, power cuts were mitigated, and the Formula E race was electric... We take you inside the paddock for a unique racing experience. 
3/23/20239 minutes, 49 seconds
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Taxi Torment

It was a standoff enforced by some of Cape Town’s most powerful taxi bosses. Holding children's education to ransom, they say they want a piece of the action in the Western Cape’s transport tenders. 
3/22/202311 minutes, 25 seconds
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Feeling Chatty

ChatGPT – an AI chatbot you can have conversations with, placing the sum total of human knowledge and creativity right at your fingertips. If this is the beginning… how will it end? 
3/21/202311 minutes, 22 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (20 March 2023)

A surprise contender puts up her hand to lead the DA, the Public Protector states her case, and another child dies in a pit toilet. There's lots to unpack in this week's WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick and Carte Blanche as we sit down with Ferial Haffajee and look at the latest news developments. 
3/20/202317 minutes, 4 seconds
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Fleeing the Damned

Without ample warning, several sluice gates at the Vaal Dam were opened, releasing millions of litres of water downstream. Now, with some homes destroyed by the inevitable flooding, residents want answers. 
3/17/20239 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Elephant's Revenge

At least six elephants – dead. But the culprits aren’t necessarily poachers. We investigate these horrific killings in Northern KZN. 
3/16/202313 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mortuaries in the Dark

Generators, spiking fuel prices, systems offline… How loadshedding is strangling the funeral industry and making it harder to give loved ones a dignified send-off. 
3/15/202312 minutes, 5 seconds
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Gearing up for Greatness

Tough to break into and even tougher to succeed, motorcycle racing is one of the most competitive sports in the world. But could 15 -year-old rookie KJ Mononyane be SA’s next elite motorcyclist? 
3/14/202311 minutes, 1 second
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (13 March 2023)

As the NEHAWU strike intensifies, Masa Kekana and Daily Maverick's Managing Editor, Janet Heard, look at the union's demands and the impact this ongoing strike has had on South Africans. We also get a quick take on suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's Section 194 inquiry. And how Spain takes a stand for women's health.  
3/13/202316 minutes, 26 seconds
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AKA: Murder in Morningside

Shot at close range, popular rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes didn’t stand a chance. But why was one of SA’s biggest music icons gunned down? 
3/10/202311 minutes, 31 seconds
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Into the Octagon

A champion-in-waiting, and a rising star in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Could Dricus du Plessis and Cameron Saaiman be the future of UFC in SA? 
3/9/202311 minutes, 7 seconds
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That Sinking Feeling

It’s become a danger zone, and it stinks! Welcome to the West Rand’s gaping, shifting sinkholes. How did the streets of Merafong Municipality come to resemble scenes from a post-apocalyptic thriller?
3/8/202314 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ella's Triumph

From the Warsaw Ghetto to three concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, to present-day Cape Town. The extraordinary story of one woman’s will to survive.
3/7/20239 minutes, 56 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (06 March 2023)

Coalitions: it's a word that's become synonymous with failure. As yet another coalition crumbles - this time in Tshwane - Masa Kekana and Daily Maverick political journalist Queenin Masuabi look at why these shaky partnerships just won't work. And we look at the disturbing case of alleged child sex trafficker Gerhard Ackerman. 
3/6/202316 minutes, 5 seconds
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Prison Love

What happens when the man of your dreams is a convicted criminal serving time behind bars? For one woman in Gauteng, nothing could get in the way of her newly found love connection with a prisoner. 
3/4/20239 minutes, 45 seconds
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Crime Line Critical

In an emergency, you expect them to pick up the phone as quickly as possible. But with seven million dropped calls by 10111 operators, emergency service call centres are seemingly in a crisis - and South Africans are paying the price.
3/3/202312 minutes, 13 seconds
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State of Stagnation

Power cuts, an economy in decline, a high crime rate, fuel increases and a president against the ropes. What is the true state of the nation? 
3/2/20239 minutes, 24 seconds
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War Dogs

A man, his four dogs, and a very long road trip. As missiles strike the city he’s called home for years, we follow a former SA club cricketer’s journey from war-torn Ukraine to a place of safety. 
3/1/202310 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Day the Earth Shook

The ground shook violently, buildings crumbled, and lives were shattered in an instant. As rescuers race to find survivors following the deadly Türkiye-Syria earthquake, we speak to South Africans impacted by the devastation.
2/28/20237 minutes, 35 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (27 February 2023)

From last week's big budget 2023 takeaways, to de Ruyter's early exit at Eskom, to Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi's lofty promises. That and so much more in this week's The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick featuring Ray Mahlaka and Siniketiwe Hlanze. 
2/27/202318 minutes, 55 seconds
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Rental Rogues

The pictures are real, the property agents legitimate… But their identities have been stolen. We investigate an intricate scam that’s left some consumers frustrated and cashless.
2/23/202312 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Singing Policeman

He won the hearts of millions of South Africans and rose to the top to win SA Idols. So, why is the policeman with the big voice now selling eggs and atchar from the boot of his car? The answer will inspire you… 
2/22/20239 minutes, 29 seconds
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Air Tales

Thousands of flights take to our skies every day, and passenger lives depend on a safety-first regime. In what is supposed to be a tightly regulated industry, we ask: is the Civil Aviation Authority on top of their game? 
2/21/202321 minutes, 27 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (20 February 2023)

The news cycle is busy and, at times, overwhelming. Let us help you make sense of local and international headlines every week as Daily Maverick Associate Editor Ferial Haffejee and Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana sit down every Monday to unpack the biggest talking points, all wrapped up neatly for you to access on-the-go. 
2/20/202315 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sheba the Tiger

Rassie Erasmus – no, not the rugby coach – is a man with a lot to answer for... Now, the infamous owner of Sheba the tiger says his hand-reared apex predator was maliciously released from his property. The question is: why?
2/16/202312 minutes
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Cheeky Bikers

How did Macfarlane Moleli end up in the streets of Pretoria… in his boxer shorts? We join over 200 “cheeky" bikers for the annual Anti-Pants, Anti-Poaching rally.
2/15/202311 minutes, 47 seconds
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EXTRA Türkiye-Syria Earthquake

When disaster struck parts of Türkiye and Syria early in February, Dr Simpiwe Sobuwa immediately packed his bags to assist Gift of the Givers in providing aid to affected residents. He speaks to Carte Blanche producer Siniketiwe Hlanze from Antakya in Türkiye about his experiences on the ground and the tireless search for survivors. 
2/14/20237 minutes, 30 seconds
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Fort Hare Hit List

His bodyguard was brutally assassinated leaving Fort Hare’s Prof. Buhlungu shaken. But why would a university Vice Chancellor be on an apparent hit list? 
2/14/202314 minutes, 31 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (13 February 2023)

The news cycle is busy and, at times, overwhelming. Let us help you make sense of local and international headlines every week as Daily Maverick Associate Editor Ferial Haffejee and Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana sit down every Monday to unpack the biggest talking points, all wrapped up neatly for you to access on-the-go. 
2/13/202315 minutes, 21 seconds
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Pit Bull Attacks

To ban or not to ban… Pit bulls have become known as some of the most vicious dogs in the country. As the number of attacks continues to rise, we investigate why the legislation regulating the breeding of these canines is lagging behind. 
2/10/202312 minutes, 56 seconds
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Piano Prodigy

At just 16 years old, pianist Mike Wang has a way with keys. So much so that he recently scooped the winning title at the prestigious National Youth Music Competition – and he’s not stopping there.  
2/9/20239 minutes, 30 seconds
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Powerless and Peeved

With no money for diesel, persistent breakdowns, sabotage, and relentless power cuts, Eskom is a crime scene. Now, civil society has had enough and South Africans are pushing back. But could it save the crumbling power utility? 
2/8/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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Trekking Antarctica

Fossil fuels pumped into the atmosphere, rain forests chopped down, wetlands contaminated, and oceans over-fished. Can dire predictions of the earth’s climate future be reversed? We take lessons from Antarctica. 
2/7/202314 minutes, 24 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (06 February 2023)

The news cycle is busy and, at times, overwhelming. Let us help you make sense of local and international headlines every week as Daily Maverick Associate Editor Ferial Haffejee and Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana sit down every Monday to unpack the biggest talking points, all wrapped up neatly for you to access on-the-go. 
2/6/202315 minutes, 45 seconds
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Kannaland's Convicts

The Western Cape’s smallest and poorest municipality has had a merry-go-round of leadership changes in recent years. But the appointment of a convicted child rapist as mayor has sparked moral outrage and calls for electoral reform. 
2/2/202312 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Art of Neglect

The Johannesburg Art Gallery boasts an impressive collection of over 10 000 artworks from early Dutch masters to contemporary African works. But they’re rotting away in a derelict storage room… 
2/1/202312 minutes, 6 seconds
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Boksburg Blast

More than sixty minutes… That’s how much time the police, fire department and emergency services had to help avert a disaster. But as the clock ticked on, no one came to help. With 40 people dead in the horrific Boksburg tanker explosion, could this tragedy have been avoided? 
1/31/202315 minutes, 13 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (30 January 2023)

The news cycle is busy and, at times, overwhelming. Let us help you make sense of local and international headlines every week as Daily Maverick Associate Editor Ferial Haffejee and Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana sit down every Monday to unpack the biggest talking points, all wrapped up neatly for you to access on-the-go. 
1/30/202317 minutes, 43 seconds
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Keyless Car Theft

Car-thieves-turned-hackers are targeting high-end keyless cars. It’s a sophisticated MO that’s effortlessly cracking advanced security systems. We unpack a well-orchestrated trend hitting South Africa.
1/26/202313 minutes, 36 seconds
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Helicopter EMS Heroes

Imagine you live on a farm or a mine in the remote Northern Cape. A medical emergency like a heart attack could be life-threatening simply because an ambulance could take the better part of a day to reach you. Enter helicopter medical services!
1/25/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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Road Rage

The country’s roads seem busier than ever. Work commutes, traffic jams – it’s a nightmare and ordinary people are exploding and unleashing extraordinary violence. This Sunday, we look at SA’s growing road rage problem.
1/24/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (23 January 2023)

The news cycle is busy and, at times, overwhelming. Let us help you make sense of local and international headlines every week as Daily Maverick Associate Editor Ferial Haffejee and Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana sit down every Monday to unpack the biggest talking points, all wrapped up neatly for you to access on-the-go. 
1/23/202314 minutes, 5 seconds
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Couch Crooks

So, you’re ready to make your house a home. For many, buying the couch of their dreams is first on the list and online shopping is their first stop. But be careful before you hit that Checkout button. 
1/20/202312 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Power of Amapiano

Homegrown and with a distinctive beat – amapiano is an unapologetically South African music genre that’s taking the world by storm. 
1/19/20239 minutes, 23 seconds
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Endless Scam

Accepting a late-night call from a complete stranger, a promise of untold profits - a pensioner’s dream turned into a nightmare by ruthless scammers.
1/18/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Young Farmers

The pace of transformation in agriculture has been described as lacklustre. But a growing cohort of black farmers are making moves in the industry with minimal support from government or commercial banks.
1/17/202311 minutes, 47 seconds
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (16 January 2023)

The news cycle is busy and, at times, overwhelming. Let us help you make sense of local and international headlines every week as Daily Maverick Associate Editor Ferial Haffejee and Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana sit down every Monday to unpack the biggest talking points, all wrapped up neatly for you to access on-the-go. 
1/16/202324 minutes, 31 seconds
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Decades of Terror

Children dragged into conflict, coerced into taking up arms. This is no faraway warzone.  Instead, it’s Majola in the Eastern Cape where speaking out comes at a price. 
1/12/202312 minutes, 10 seconds
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IronMac

It’s gruelling, painful, exhilarating… How mounting the death toll among cyclists in hit-andrun accidents has spurred our very own Macfarlane Moleli to go above and beyond as he trains to compete in next year’s IRONMAN race.
1/11/202318 minutes, 24 seconds
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Missing Guns

South Africa has become one of the most violent societies in the world. As countless illegal firearms flood our streets, even Police Minister Bheki Cele admits these weapons often come from police storage facilities. We investigate.
1/10/202312 minutes, 41 seconds
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Living on Credit

Times are tough, and more consumers are using their credit cards to buy necessities like groceries. It’s become a crutch for many households but the long-term implications of living on credit can be devastating. 
1/9/202312 minutes, 4 seconds
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Meatless Meat REPEAT

Is government taking regulation a step too far by wanting to force vegetarian and vegan producers to no longer label their products as “sausage” or “mince” if it contains no actual meat?
1/5/202312 minutes, 6 seconds
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EXTRA Getting Confrontational with Claire and Masa REPEAT

You've seen Masa Kekana and Claire Mawisa running after alleged baddies over the years. But have you ever wondered what it takes to confront supposed wrongdoers? 
1/4/202328 minutes, 14 seconds
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Electricity Hackers REPEAT

Are you in the market for free electricity? Turns out, you don’t have to look far... We go undercover and expose how so-called electricity meter hackers charge a once-off “service” fee, to break the law and give their clients free power...
1/3/202314 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mammabearsteffs REPEAT

In 2016, she lost her son to cancer So, she decided to honour his memory by living out his dream of becoming a DJ. We meet DJ Joy as she takes her talents to the world! 
1/2/20239 minutes, 23 seconds
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Rocky Road REPEAT

Rocks, road spikes, and armed criminals lurking in the darkness… The N4, between Pretoria and Rustenburg, is a dangerous stretch of road Are police powerless to prevent attacks?
12/29/202215 minutes, 50 seconds
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EXTRA Kids Online with Carmen Murray REPEAT

Whether your child wants to become an online star, or simply wishes to share content with close family and friends - the risks of an online presence is undeniable. But in a connected world, it's near impossible to shield your child from social media. Digital analyst and content strategist, Carmen Murray, gives us a few tips on creating a safer online environment for the young ones. 
12/28/202224 minutes, 39 seconds
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SANDF: Might or Mayhem? REPEAT

Low on equipment and critically short of funds – the SANDF is in a dire state of decline. How did it end up in ICU? And can it fulfil its constitutional job of protecting country? Derek Watts went in search of answers
12/27/202212 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bringing the Gees REPEAT

It's the winning combination of two of SA’s favourite things: rugby and song. But the Gwijo Squad says it’s about more than just singing catchy anthems – they’re hoping to reignite a new passion for the rugby. 
12/26/202210 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Big Coal Switch

How is high-grade coal being switched out for lower-grade coal? We uncover this lucrative scam and confront those allegedly behind the big coal switch. 
12/21/202213 minutes, 53 seconds
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Rugby Rumpus

Rugby is one of the most well-supported sports in the world. It’s a highly competitive sport where the influence of the referee is becoming more crucial. But is social media throwing a microscope on the performance of referees? 
12/20/20229 minutes, 54 seconds
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Vet Gone Violent

From expired anaesthetics, overdosing on dangerous medication and sepsis… Why has one notorious vet in Gauteng been allowed to continue treating animals? 
12/19/202213 minutes, 58 seconds
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Phala Phala Predicament

A disgraced spy boss implicates a reform-minded president in a dodgy deal… The fall-out is extraordinary. Can President Cyril Ramaphosa pull himself out of this mess to face the electorate in the run-up to the 2024 elections? 
12/17/20229 minutes, 44 seconds
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EXTRA Battle Lines at ANC NEC with Ongama Mtimka

The biggest weekend in local politics is upon us. As the ruling party prepares for internal battles at this year's ANC National Elective Conference (NEC), South Africans are waiting with bated breath to see who walks away as party president. Political analyst Ongama Mtimka looks at the contenders, the power struggles, and a promise of hope.
12/16/202213 minutes, 5 seconds
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COMING SOON! The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick

The South African news cycle is fast-paced and, at times, chaotic. Keeping up with the latest happenings - whether it be politics, crime, environmental news, or international developments - can be tricky. Fortunately, Daily Maverick's Ferial Haffajee and Carte Blanche's Masa Kekana will help you make sense of it all in our new series The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick. 
12/16/202225 minutes, 43 seconds
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A Sting in the Tale

 It started off as an innocent friend request on social media – a new friend and a party – and turned into a drug hell that stole years of her life. We reveal how a syndicate is utilising apps and social media to recruit children as drug mules. 
12/15/202214 minutes, 54 seconds
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Helping Hand at Tygerberg

The Carte Blanche Making A Difference Trust has finalised its 22nd project - this time at Tygerberg Academic Hospital. With as many as 10 000 people at Tygerberg on any given day, this project is a lifeline for many. 
12/14/20228 minutes, 29 seconds
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Presidential Panic

An embattled president, a disgraced former party leader, and the silent contender quietly gathering support... Together, they are the top title contenders. Now, as the ANC’s highly anticipated National Elective Conference draws near, who will take the coveted position of party president? 
12/13/202210 minutes, 31 seconds
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Vapes for Breakfast

Ghost breath, dragon, waterfall – vaping tricks and challenges are making people world famous on social media. But we investigate the vaping health risks hiding in plain sight.
12/12/202212 minutes, 18 seconds
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Dumped Police Dogs

It was once a state-of-the-art training and breeding facility, responsible for some of the SAPS’ most high-value assets – police dogs. Now, with 214 SAPS dogs valued at around R200 000 each recently handed over to the NSPCA, there are almost no dogs left to train. 
12/8/202213 minutes, 7 seconds
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Phumeza Tisile's Story

In 2015, we met Phumeza Tisile. She had survived extreme drug resistant TB but, as a medication side-effect, lost her hearing. We were there when her cochlear implant was switched on for the first time. So, where is she now? 
12/7/20228 minutes, 16 seconds
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Gauteng Health Up in Flames

An accident or an act of sabotage? We investigate how the fire that almost gutted Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Gauteng could’ve been a last-ditch attempt to hide crucial evidence.
12/6/202211 minutes, 43 seconds
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Of Grave Concern

The emotional trauma of losing a loved one can leave bereaved families in conflict and torn, especially over funeral costs. What happens when the funeral policy you’ve been paying off monthly refuses to pay out? 
12/5/202212 minutes, 34 seconds
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EXTRA The Streets of Hillbrow with Masa Kekana

Hillbrow - a Johannesburg neighbourhood that's famous for all the wrong reasons. But underneath the dark veneer of violence and crime are residents just living their lives. Masa Kekana speaks to Carte Blanche producer Sasha Schwendenwein about spending a night on the streets of Hillbrow. 
12/2/202224 minutes, 58 seconds
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One Night in Hillbrow

It’s dog-eat-dog kind of suburb where buildings are hijacked and stripped bare, alcohol flows freely and drug addicts camp out on the streets. It's a full-time job for one security company in Hillbrow.
12/1/202212 minutes, 8 seconds
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Pride and Prejudice

It’s been over 30 years since the first Pride event in Joburg. Since then, our Constitution guaranteed the rights of the LGBTQI+ community. Yet, life looks very different and discrimination and prejudice is rife. 
11/30/202211 minutes, 43 seconds
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Cricket SA All Choked Up

After so many painful exits from ICC World Cups, defeat to the Netherlands surely ranks as the most disappointing of all. What will it take for the Proteas to shed the tag of 'Chokers' once and for all?
11/29/20229 minutes, 54 seconds
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Something's Amiss in Kuruman

Kuruman residents are desperate for solutions as ailing infrastructure, alleged mismanagement, and rampant crime leaves a community traumatised. What’s being done to save the small town? 
11/28/202213 minutes, 10 seconds
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EXTRA Pitiful Policing with Ziyanda Stuurman

Whenever the topic of police in South Africa is brought up around the braai, the majority of those in attendance will have a less-than-flattering story to share about their experience with law enforcement. Whether it's the payment of bribes, unlawful arrests, or outright failing in their duties, police impunity and complicity is all too familiar for many. So, who do we trust when those in blue let us down? Ziyanda Stuurman unpacks this loaded question.
11/25/202220 minutes, 44 seconds
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Resurrection Pastor

He’s been dead for more than 400 days. But the family of a prominent Johannesburg pastor, Siva Moodley, refuse to bury him because they’re waiting on a miracle. 
11/24/202211 minutes, 55 seconds
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Conjoined Twins

Conjoined at the head – twins Mpho and Mphonyana Mathibela made history in the late 80s when they underwent a historical operation to separate them. More than three decades later, we meet one of the incredible surgeons who helped plot this intricate operation. 
11/23/20229 minutes, 32 seconds
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Co-Parenting with Strangers

These are unconventional parenting setups – without romance or living together. But can the latest child-rearing option of co-parenting with a stranger create the childhoods children need?
11/22/202211 minutes, 32 seconds
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Transport Wars

Threats, intimidation, violence... As rogue taxis wage war against regulation and any competition, we ask: are taxi associations and pirate operators intent on driving all other forms of public transport off the road?
11/21/202214 minutes, 23 seconds
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Tammy Taylor Franchise Fracas

An investigation into the notorious beauty franchise, Tammy Taylor South Africa, and how it’s allegedly peddling fake products to consumers who are none the wiser.
11/16/202216 minutes, 37 seconds
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Trees vs Fynbos

It’s a case of trees versus fynbos – as conservationists try and preserve the Western Cape’s prized plants, others are fighting to keep invasive tree species alive.
11/15/202211 minutes, 9 seconds
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Police Impunity

In one of the largest cities in the Eastern Cape, police dockets are known to go missing. Serious and violent crime cases remain unsolved, and residents say dirty cops are at the centre of the criminality. Why, in this gangster’s paradise, do violent criminals walk free? 
11/14/202215 minutes, 1 second
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Commercial Success

As the new South Africa emerged in the early 90s, so did the golden age of TV commercials. Where are some of those familiar characters now and the creative minds that made sure we never forget them? 
11/10/20228 minutes, 31 seconds
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Zero Transmission

It used to be that private landowners and farmers only had stock theft, droughts, and the occasional plague of locusts to worry about. But when you have an Eskom pylon erected on your property, problems get exponentially worse.
11/9/202212 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sex, Lies & Prison Bars

It's an audacious scam. In fact, we won't blame you if you almost admire the sheer brilliance that goes into this racket. But for the victims involved, there's a lot at stake as individuals masquerading as police officers threaten them with arrest for crimes they didn't commit. But wait until you see where this scam is being run from... 
11/8/202214 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Killer Next Door

A 5-year-old boy found dead inside his neighbour’s business, his killer arrested, then released. But days later, two more children go missing and are found dead. How muti-inspired killings left three children dead... 
11/7/202211 minutes, 50 seconds
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An Unusual Suspect

Tsomo, Cofimvaba, Nqamkwe, eNgcobo - four small towns in the Eastern Cape where some business owners say they’re under siege. The demand is simple: stop delivering goods to your customers, or else… 
11/3/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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Medical Xenophobia

Foreign-born women giving birth in South Africa – only to face cruelty, intimidation, and abuse from nursing staff. Why has medical xenophobia become widely practiced while our laws protect all women’s right to access obstetric services?
11/2/202212 minutes, 2 seconds
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Going Nowhere Fast

Fifteen years in the making, billions wasted – so much for a “rapid” transport system… Now, taxi bosses are due to be paid billions more to make Yarona work. Is Rustenburg’s transport future being held ransom by the taxi industry? 
11/1/202211 minutes, 46 seconds
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Deadly Coal Run

Fully laden coal trucks overtaking on double lines, non-stop carnage on the N2… We investigate the roots of a deadly coal rush that is costing lives. Where’s law enforcement that communities have long been pleading for?
10/27/202215 minutes, 13 seconds
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Caravan Conundrum

Caravanning – it’s the great South African tradition. But it’s also costly. So, when cracks started to show in a trusted caravan company during the pandemic, caravan enthusiasts grew nervous… 
10/25/202212 minutes, 6 seconds
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Durban Water Disaster

The problems aren’t new, but they’re far from over. We go undercover to investigate Durban’s growing water crisis. 
10/24/202214 minutes, 5 seconds
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EXTRA Steinhoff: The Latest with Rob Rose

EXTRA Steinhoff: The Latest with Rob Rose.  Once proudly called "the Ikea of Africa", the gigantic Steinhoff came to a spectacular fall in 2017 when several accounting irregularities came to light. It soon became clear that this would be the biggest corporate fraud South Africa had ever seen. Now, almost five years later, authorities finally swooped down on ex Steinhoff CEO, Markus Jooste. But why only now? And what's next? We speak to Rob Rose about the latest developments.
10/21/202216 minutes, 24 seconds
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Military Murder Mystery

Two young men disappear in February, apparently after being assaulted by soldiers. It allegedly happens in front of two senior army officers. But neither is arrested, and the court case drags on while families grieve. 
10/20/202213 minutes, 8 seconds
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Of Music and Friendship

One comes from the gang-infested streets of Mitchells Plain, the other overcame relentless bullying at school. A beautiful story of friendship and healing… 
10/19/202210 minutes, 36 seconds
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Snare Nightmare

It’s a case of conservation versus tradition – we look at the illegal practice of snaring small wild animals in the Cape Peninsula for the pot or natural medicine. 
10/18/202211 minutes, 49 seconds
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Biofuel for Thought

Floods, droughts, heatwaves, and hurricanes - climate change is out of control. But still we pump greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Could biofuels help cut it down?
10/17/202212 minutes, 16 seconds
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EXTRA Peter Major on Deadly Coal Trucks

By now, many of you have probably seen the viral videos showing how massive coal tipper trucks plough through bakkies, taxis and other trucks. So, why has there been such a dramatic increase in road accidents involving these behemoths? And is it too late to find a workable solution? Mining expert Peter Major shares his thoughts. 
10/13/202215 minutes, 1 second
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Legacy of Abuse

Some of Britain’s most exclusive schools are shrouded in secrecy as two South African men face multiple charges of sexual abuse. What will it take for survivors to find closure? 
10/12/202216 minutes, 22 seconds
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Medical Aid Misery

Why has one medical scheme applied for voluntary liquidation at short notice while thousands of members rely on its cover? As the matter goes to court, we investigate what it means for patients with life-threatening medical conditions.
10/11/202212 minutes, 10 seconds
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Formula 1 in SA

In 1993, South African motoring fans waved Formula 1 goodbye. But now, almost 30 years later, the possibility of hearing these cars zip by seems all too real. 
10/10/20229 minutes, 59 seconds
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EXTRA Deadly Coal Run with Masa Kekana

Fully laden coal trucks overtaking on double lines, non-stop carnage on the N2… We investigate the roots of a deadly coal rush that is costing lives. Where’s law enforcement that communities have long been pleading for?
10/6/202210 minutes, 20 seconds
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Electric Avenue

The pressure is on to move to a greener future. But only a few a thousand vehicles on SA roads are electric. How will we shift mass public transport from fossil fuel to electric? 
10/6/20229 minutes, 32 seconds
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EXTRA Formula 1 Dreams with Sasha Martinengo

South Africa has a rich motorsport history… East London hosted the SA Grand Prix from the 1930s to 1960s, then was moved to the Kyalami Circuit in Joburg. Now, decades later, could Formula 1 cars be zipping across local tracks again? 
10/5/202216 minutes, 20 seconds
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Golden Girls

Don’t let their age fool you! These Golden Girls are true champions! Together, they won six medals at the World Masters Athletics Championships. We celebrate their victory – and find out what keeps them young. 
10/5/202210 minutes, 48 seconds
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Aggrieved

Once a top agricultural college, a gateway from student to commercial farmer… Today, there isn’t even a chicken left for the practical training of students. What’s happening to South Africa’s state-owned agricultural colleges?
10/4/202216 minutes, 53 seconds
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Jagersfontein

The tailings dam had loomed over the small town of Jagersfontein in the Free State for decades, slowly filling to capacity... But warning bells had sounded long before the dam finally burst.
10/3/202214 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Wrong Man?

Convicted of raping his daughter, but still maintaining his innocence… An astonishing case is unfolding in the High Court as a daughter recants her testimony and joins the fight for her father’s freedom. What will it take to set him free? 
9/29/202215 minutes, 30 seconds
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Queen Elizabeth II's Legacy

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, passed away on Thursday. The Queen died peacefully at her Balmoral residence, in Scotland, surrounded by her family. She was 96 years old and had been on the throne for 70 years. In the wake of her passing, we speak to some journalists as they reflect on her legacy. 
9/28/20229 minutes, 4 seconds
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Kidfluencers

From having thousands of subscribers and followers on social media platforms, to being courted by big brands with big money. Kidfluencers are on the rise, and their parents are cashing in on the trend.
9/27/202211 minutes, 37 seconds
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Death of Defenders

What happens when those who are meant to uphold the law become victims themselves? We investigate why attacks on members of the legal fraternity have become more frequent in the Western Cape. 
9/26/202212 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dying for the Truth

As the head of financial accounting in the GP Health Department, Babita Deokaran was perfectly placed to expose rampant fraud and corruption. So, why wasn’t she provided the protection needed? 
9/22/202214 minutes, 16 seconds
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Cable Theft Wars

They have no weapons or bulletproof vests. So, what happens when security guards tasked with preventing cable theft in Joburg are ambushed by armed cable theft syndicates? 
9/20/202212 minutes, 48 seconds
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Young Doctors

They joined the public healthcare sector at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic… We meet some of SA’s youngest doctors to find out what keeps them committed to a system that’s far from perfect.
9/19/202210 minutes, 2 seconds
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Fight to Survive

They were diagnosed with rare diseases that medical aids should cover. But to their horror, their medical aid schemes declined their claims. Now, parents are fighting to save their children’s lives.
9/15/202212 minutes, 38 seconds
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Champions of Africa

Theirs was the Cinderella story for the ages. With almost no financial support, Banyana Banyana rose to become giants of Africa. But can their WAFCON cup victory finally turn their fortunes around?
9/14/202212 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Long Shadow of Marikana

In August 2012, 34 miners were gunned down by police in Marikana. Ten years on, and with access to never-before-seen documents, we investigate how the Marikana massacre heralded a new decade of police brutality and impunity in South Africa.
9/13/202213 minutes, 20 seconds
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Collateral Damage

A strict hospital policy, vulnerable newborn babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, and the furious parents seemingly denied access to their critically ill babies...
9/12/202216 minutes, 29 seconds
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Reviving SA's Health

Government healthcare on a knife edge: as state coffers buckle under pressure, and medical inflation skyrockets, we debate whether the healthcare system can be revived. 
9/9/202215 minutes, 24 seconds
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Boss Battles

From KZN to Gauteng and the Western Cape... taxi violence is rife. It’s a brutal industry and it’s all about money. Securing a route could mean having to eliminate the competition... 
9/8/202212 minutes, 39 seconds
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Spacing Out

It is deep-space photography like we’ve never seen before. How the new James Webb Space Telescope is finding distant planets in far-off galaxies, and looking for atmospheres that could sustain life.
9/7/202211 minutes, 51 seconds
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Healthcare Heroes

Commitment, leadership, teamwork: how some crumbling state hospitals managed to turn things around. But is there a blueprint to save state healthcare? 
9/6/202213 minutes, 24 seconds
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Weaponizing the Police PLUS Elton Hart Extended

Arrested on an allegation with no corroborating evidence, then locked up in one of SA’s most notorious prisons... Are police being used to settle personal scores?
9/5/202228 minutes, 6 seconds
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Follow the Manganese Road

Black dust from the Kalahari… Why everyone from politicians to beauty kings is jumping on the manganese bandwagon. But who will pay for the damaged infrastructure all along the manganese road?
9/3/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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EXTRA To Hell with Shell

It's a monumental judgment that many environmental groups and fishing communities had hoped for - the granting of exploration rights along the Wild Coast to oil giant Shell has been deemed unlawful. So, what does this mean for other planned seismic surveys, and what's next in this great David-versus-Goliath battle? Carte Blanche producer Siniketiwe Hlanze speaks to legal expert attorney Wilmien Wicomb about what it all means. 
9/2/202221 minutes, 48 seconds
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National Health Crisis

Over half of the money SA spends on healthcare goes to only 16% of the people. The inequality is crippling. Can National Health Insurance – due by 2026 – truly save healthcare?
8/31/202212 minutes, 35 seconds
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Naked and Afraid

He is the first South African to ever successfully complete the hit-reality TV show Naked And Afraid. But at what cost? 
8/30/202211 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Ultimate Price

Betrayal, persecution, and the assassination of a police detective who was disrupting Cape Town’s criminal underworld. How Lt-Col Charl Kinnear paid the ultimate price.
8/29/202214 minutes, 45 seconds
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SA People Skinders with Derek Watts

From small cars to 80s hairstyles, and Carte Blanche: The Podcast - investigative television icon Derek Watts sits down for a chat about anything and everything with the feel-good crew from SA People. 
8/27/202255 minutes, 27 seconds
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Of Guns and Gangs

From the streets of Khayelitsha, to a tavern in Soweto - mass shootings in South Africa have become prevalent. But with illegal guns driving the violence, can law enforcement put an end to the carnage? 
8/26/202214 minutes, 48 seconds
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My Name Is Reeva

It’s been nine years since the senseless and brutal death of Reeva Steenkamp at the hands of her then-boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, and it is a killing that is still deeply embedded in the minds of millions across the globe. Now, during Women’s Month and Reeva’s birthday month, M-Net will premiere My Name is Reeva, an emotive and sensitively told three-part documentary series based on the life of Reeva and the events which led to her shocking death on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
8/25/20227 minutes, 28 seconds
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Lights on for Longer

As households and businesses around the country buckle under loadshedding, Cape Town is somehow managing to keep the lights on for longer. How has Cape Town managed to dodge dependance on Eskom's faltering supply? 
8/24/202211 minutes, 4 seconds
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Business Behind Bars

He’s behind bars for sexual assault, raping a child, accessing child pornography, exposing children to pornography, and fraud. So, how is he allegedly running a global publishing start-up from inside? 
8/23/202212 minutes, 50 seconds
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Medical Emergency

What’s an ambulance without vital, lifesaving equipment onboard? In the Eastern Cape, a shortage of functioning EMS vehicles means medics are struggling to help their desperately ill patients. 
8/22/202213 minutes, 32 seconds