The Race Against Infection: that’s Carte Blanche, this Sunday 5 April 2020 at 19:00, only on M-Net 101.

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Masa Kekana: “In this time of crisis, can you imagine being in a foreign country, confined to a small hotel room and unable to return home? Well that’s what’s facing hundreds of desperate South Africans stuck abroad.”

Stranded Abroad

How will more than 1400 South Africans make their way home after global COVID-19 lockdowns have left them stranded in various countries around the world? With flights suspended and global travel restrictions in place, many travellers face uncertainty as they try to stay safe and comfortable on foreign soil.

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Masa Kekana

The Race Against Infection: Making 3D-Printed Protective Face Masks

The number of infected COVID-19 patients in South Africa is still deceptively low, but despite this, government is frantically planning for an explosive increase in infections in all its hospitals and healthcare facilities. On the frontline, thousands of healthcare workers will be in desperate need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, face shields and gear. Now a group of companies and individuals with 3D printers has come together to help manufacture thousands of face shields and play their part to assist in the efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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Saving the Aquarium

Thousands of people visit the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town every year. Now, for the first time since opening its doors in 1995, there’s not a single visitor in sight. Instead, inside the aquarium, a small team of dedicated staff is still on duty, taking shifts to make sure that the animals in their care are fed and healthy as the country continues to adjust to a life in lockdown.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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No Fresh Start

A criminal record – even for minor charges or politically motivated crimes – will seriously hamper your future prospects. It makes it difficult to get a job or travel abroad and expunging minor records from the National Criminal Register can only happen after 10 years. But it can be done and it’s a simple service that the government offers for free. Now, Carte Blanche investigates how a company, that presented itself as a law firm, duped prospective clients into parting with cash on the promise of having their names officially cleared, only to be left empty-handed.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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Side Hustles

Our domestic economy faces a dire growth forecast. The country has been downgraded to junk status and its economic outlook has only worsened since the onslaught of COVID-19. But, South Africans are resilient and resourceful and the “side-hustle” – for those who have jobs – has fast become a way of not only making more money, but of taking back some control over their prospects.

Producer: Siniketiwe Hlanze
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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