Derek Watts, Devi Naidoo and Bongani

This weeekend Carte Blanche tackles cable theft, the resurfacing of the bird flu epidemic and volunteer pilots who are making children's dreams come true.

On Sunday 17 September on M-Net and M-Net 101 at 19:00, also on DStv Now (and later on M-Net Plus at 20:00) Carte Blanche brings you another dose of hard-hitting journalism. Because you have the right to see it all.

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Cable Theft – A City in Darkness

It’s been days since parts of the Johannesburg inner city were plunged into darkness after a cable theft syndicate struck, making off with six kilometers of copper cables from underground tunnels. The electricity power outages put a grinding halt to businesses and left thousands of residents fed up. It’s estimated that damages will amount to around R240 million, but it is the small enterprises and big corporates that will really feel the losses. What’s the real cost to Johannesburg’s struggling economy?

Producer: Sophia Phirippides

Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude

Bird Flu Strikes Again

Poultry Farms look like toxic waste sites; workers wear safety gear and have to go through several decontamination chambers before entering and leaving the farms. Bird flu strain H5N8 has struck and it’s the deadliest bird flu virus to hit the commercial poultry industry. For smaller players like duck farmer Leon Groeneveld, this outbreak has been crippling. Carte Blanche asks: what does the future hold for the already embattled poultry industry?

Producer: Liz Fish

Presenter: Derek Watts

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The Children’s Flight

For many people, catching a flight to Cape Town or Durban is an everyday experience, but for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Volunteer pilots from around the country are participating in an extraordinary initiative to take hundreds of children on their first flight and inspire a generation of youngsters to reach for greater heights.  Carte Blanche joins the Children’s Flight.

Producer: Ben Dwork

Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Researcher: Laura Byrne

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