On Carte Blanche this week: 7 May
From analysing the electorate ahead of 8 May to to discussing the value of end-of-life doulas to discovering more about the world’s first women-only motor sports series, the Carte Blanche team has it all this week.
Next week’s national and provincial elections are taking place at a time of economic upheaval, rife unemployment and deeply divided political parties. Polls suggest the main parties have lost support…but there’s little indication of where votes might move. Might confusion and loss of faith in the current system drive voters to stay away from the polls or will voters find a home in one of the 48 parties on the ballot? Carte Blanche analyses an electorate on a knife edge. (Producer: Sophia Phirippides; Presenter: Masa Kekana). Watch now »
End of Life Doulas
From terminal diseases to people on life support, South Africans are employing End of Life Doulas to emotionally support them in their final days. Traditionally, Birth Doulas are popular amongst many mothers during the transition towards child birth, now death doulas are trained to provide emotional support and to guide people through the end stages of life. A weird new trend or a growing necessity? (Producer: Tarryn Crossman; Presenter: Claire Mawisa). Watch now »
Is Your Pension at Risk?
In January the ANC sent shivers through the pension fund industry when a resolution in its manifesto said they would investigate prescribing assets for developmental projects. Does that mean they will use your pension fund to bail out state owned enterprises hollowed out by corruption? ‘Definitely not!’ says the head of the ANC Economic Transformation Committee, Enoch Godongwana. But some economists remain deeply concerned that with rising levels of debt, our pension savings that are worth billions of dollars, will become an easy target. Devi Sankaree Govender sits down with Enoch Godongwana in a robust interview, to get answers. (Producer: Joy Summers; Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender). Watch now »
Tasmin Pepper and the First All-Woman Racing Series
With a global audience of 1,7 billion people, Formula 1 is one of the most popular motor sports in the world – and yet of the more than 900 drivers who have competed since the championship began in 1950 only two have been women. The creation of an all-woman motor racing series created controversy when it was proposed last year, but the inaugural W Series set to begin this weekend will see 18 of the best female drivers from around the world compete, including South Africa’s Tasmin Pepper. What are her chances to top the podium and will the W Series be the answer to getting women into the sport? (Producer: Julian Sun; Presenter: Derek Watts). Watch now »
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