Hugh Masekela performs live.

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 28 January 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00 and on DStv Now.

Investigative reporting continues on Carte Blanche‎ this Sunday 28 January with our presenters Devi Sankaree Govender, Macfarlane Moleli and Bongani Bingwa giving you the scoop, and dont miss the special tribute to "the father of South African jazz" Hugh Masekela. Catch Carte Blanche‎  on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and on DStv Now at 19:00.

Life Esidimeni Hearings Continued

Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu was finally in the hot seat at the Life Esidimeni Arbitration hearings this week where she apologized to families of victims of the tragedy.   But in her testimony, she took no responsibility and shifted blame to then suspended Gauteng Health Department head Barney Selebano and Mental Health director, Dr Makgabo Manamela, both of whom had recently resigned from their posts. Meanwhile, affected families still need real answers and the big question remains: who will take ultimate responsibility for the tragic deaths of 143 State patients? 

Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg

Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Researcher: Siniketiwe Hlanze

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Trillian: Bianca Goodson Speaks

In an in-depth interview, former Trillian executive, Bianca Goodson lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Gupta empire, revealing how Gupta-linked companies planned to siphon billions from State-owned enterprises. Goodson also opens up to Carte Blanche about the secret life of a whistle-blower – the fear, anxiety and depression associated with speaking up.

Producer: Graham Coetzer

Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Estina – Dairy Farm

In 2014, Carte Blanche investigated how a massive agricultural project, the Estina Diary Farm, which was meant to benefit local Free State farmers, became just another scheme for the Gupta family to milk the state of millions of tax-payers’ funds.  Now, as the National Prosecuting Authority hones in on one of the biggest money laundering schemes, the dairy farm has once again taken centre stage in ongoing investigations into the State Capture project.

Producer: Kate Barry

Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Researcher: Sasha Schwendenwein

Eskom: Deflections and Denials

It’s been a busy few days for Eskom, from the announcement of the new Board to the resignation of former CFO Anoj Singh.  This week Singh and Head of Generation, Matshela Koko, also appeared before parliament's inquiry into the power utility, but if MPs were hoping for straight answers they were bitterly disappointed.  Instead, Singh and Koko denied, deflected or simply couldn’t recall their roles in the events which some MPs say, brought Eskom to its knees.  Carte Blanche unpacks this developing story.

Producer: Joy Summers 

Presenter:  Devi Sankaree Govender

Researcher: Tony Beamish

Hugh Masekela: A Giant Has Fallen

An international icon, trumpeter, composer and musician, “the father of South African jazz”, died earlier this week at the age of 78, after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer.  Hugh Masekela was a legend in jazz circles and during apartheid, used his music as a protest tool against the government in a bid to advocate for political change in South Africa.  Carte Blanche pays tribute to a South African music giant.

Producer: Julian Sun

Presenter: Bongani Bingwa

Researcher: Siniketiwe Hlanze

SA Skier Qualifies for Olympics

Barkly East at the foot of the Maluti mountains in the Eastern Cape, is about as far as you can get from the famous ski resorts of the world and these slopes only have snow for 3 months of the year. Yet from this small town, a young man has emerged who has actually qualified for the winter Olympics next month in South Korea. Carte Blanche goes skiing with 22-year-old Sive Speelman.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein

Presenter: Derek Watts

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