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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.
Weekly English South Africa News · News Commentary Narrated by Masa Kekana, Erin Bates
345 Episodes
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The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (22 July 2024)

The GNU looks stable, but some GPUs are seemingly headed for the ICU. Then, why it’s time for the EFF to speak up about VBS.Later, Independent Media’s big blunder as a bizarre campaign targets the wrong man. And with the Paris Olympics just days away, we focus on the star…
22 Jul 22 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (15 July 2024)

The Gauteng Cabinet is crumbling as the ANC, DA and EFF struggle to see eye-to-eye. Then, starting claims made by the former CEO of VBS Mutual Bank. But are these just the ramblings of man desperate for a lighter sentence? Why appointing a jaded former judge to the JSC has…
15 Jul 24 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (8 July 2024)

Two South African engineers continue to languish in an Equatorial Guinea prison – now, the UN says: release them. From a disastrous debate to concerning moves by the US Supreme Court – is the American dream fading? Then, nuclear rhino horn and taxing cow farts – we look at the…
8 Jul 23 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (1 July 2024)

Hospitals under siege – why it’s time to pay attention to cyberattacks on healthcare systems. From chatbots to image generators and transcription tools – AI is here to stay, and South Africans are loving it. Then, protests in Kenya continue as the youth say: no more. Later, how a simple…
1 Jul 24 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (24 June 2024)

Another week, another blow to independent media. We send out an SOS. Comparing apples and pears… literally. The Competition Commission warns fresh produce wholesalers to stop its anti-competitive practices. Later, Ray Mahlaka tells us why he believes Transnet is about to stage the biggest turnaround in business history. And women…
24 Jun 25 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (17 June 2024)

It’s official: the ANC, DA and IFP have formally signed an agreement to form a Government of National Unity. But what does it all mean? How the MK Party overplayed its hand… Then, the struggle for ministerial positions continues, and we can’t help but wonder whether politicians have forgotten about…
17 Jun 25 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (10 June 2024)

New faces, new voices – we look at the big changes on the Members of Parliament list. Then, from political drama to courtroom drama – we do a quick-take on some major cases. Later, devastation across parts of KZN – again. Also, are willing fathers unfairly excluded from their children’s…
10 Jun 23 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (3 June 2024)

South Africa officially enters a new political era. So, now what? Then, the IEC takes a battering as voters and some political parties say: we expected better. Later, we ask: what more needs to happen before the humanitarian crisis in Gaza gets the urgent attention it deserves? And a new…
3 Jun 28 min

Elections Unpacked: Independent Candidate Sesing Ramotswabodi

Ethical leadership, releasing the land to the people, and setting up a food security council in the Free State. These are just some of the things independent candidate, Sesing Ramotswabodi is putting on the table to convince voters to give him a chance. But running for office is a daunting…
28 May 31 min

Elections Unpacked: Mmusi Maimane

He’s the face of Build One South Africa (or BOSA), a relatively new party that’s garnered a fair amount of attention. Mmusi Maimane is a well-known political contender who aims to bring new, fresh voices to the local scene. But will voters be able to separate him from his DA…
27 May 44 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (27 May 2024)

Election week is upon us and it will be all eyes on the results as they start trickling in from across the country. Then, political killings are on the increase. Could it get worse pending the election outcomes? Later, President Cyril Ramaphosa is eager to sign off on yet another…
27 May 23 min

School Ties - Breaking the Code of Silence

South Africa's education landscape faces a sobering reality. Alongside issues like bullying, substance abuse and vandalism, rampant sexual abuse and grooming add to the burden experienced by many schoolchildren. Many cases go unreported, but the statistics paint a clear picture of a trend that demands urgent attention. Having recently launched…
23 May 22 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (20 May 2024)

Two-pot what? With just four months before it goes live, we look at the two-pot retirement system. How the local drone industry is quite literally lifting off in a big way. Then, could we face another bird flu epidemic? Why the novel H7N6 strain is cause for concern. Later –…
20 May 25 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (13 May 2024)

Shell is gone – what the oil giant’s exit from South Africa really means. Then, a burning flag sends some South Africans into a fiery rage. Later, Israel ups the ante as ground forces intensify their presence in Gaza. And could it soon be lights off for Joburg? Perhaps, if…
13 May 22 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (6 May 2024)

Worker’s Day or Unemployment Day? Millions of South Africans have little to celebrate. As the search for missing Joshlin Smith continues, we look at the growing crisis our children face. Then, a major political move to free two South Africans imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea. And is that some hope we…
6 May 21 min

Elections Unpacked with Tshidi Madia

Several political parties – both big and small – are coming out in full force as the elections creep ever closer. But what’s truly on offer? And how capable are the many political parties of sticking to those promises? We speak to Eyewitness News politics associate editor and Politricking host,…
2 May 26 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (29 April 2024)

The NPA is tired of waiting and urges ministers, accused and others to get a move-on. Then, carnage in the Cape as gangs take hold. Later, the Forgotten War – we turn our focus to Sudan’s worsening civil war. And the Supreme Court of Appeal comes to rape victims’ defence…
29 Apr 22 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (22 April 2024)

Daily Maverick has shut down – well, sort of. Why all South Africans should pay attention. It’s the battle of Public Protectors – but at what cost? Then, the ANC is confident it will reign victorious come the May elections. And a win for Siya Kolis, Limpopo musicians… and South…
22 Apr 21 min

The WholeWeek Wrap with Daily Maverick (15 April 2024)

Devastating storms in the Western Cape have us worried about what the future holds. A nation left vulnerable – we look at the dire state of our military. Then, how one man is saving lives – one box of medication at a time. And the so-called Hardest Geezer does the…
15 Apr 22 min

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…
10 Apr 36 min
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