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Derek Watts

Derek Watts

Derek Watts has been a journalist for nearly 30 years, presenting on South African television since 1985 as a sports anchor. Derek has been an anchor and presenter on Carte Blanche since the programme's inception in 1988.

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Age is Just a Number

13 February 2017, 10:55

One of the lies in life is “one size fits all.” It doesn’t apply to socks. And it doesn’t apply to how we...

Saving the Great White Shark

12 December 2016, 8:00

Originally published on 14 August 2016 GREAT WHITE SHARKS may be apex predators but the truth is they won’t stand...

Music and Machine

27 November 2016, 20:00

When Dan Rather left CBS Evening News, an eager reporter asked the celebrated American presenter to reveal the secret...

Making Magic Takes Time

01 August 2016, 7:58

We run a tight ship on Carte Blanche. Our crew numbers just four. Producer, camera, sound and presenter. The mission is...

Father’s Day: About my Dad

19 June 2016, 0:00

My father, Basil Havelock Watts, was a tough, straight-talking man with few social graces and no time for small talk.

The Devotees of the DJ Run

20 March 2016, 19:28

BACK IN the day (as my kids say) I ran a squash centre in Brickhill Road, Durban. It was a tough life. Playing squash a...

The Fearlessness that is Jetman

15 March 2016, 9:39

I love interviewing extreme sportsmen and women. Not because they are crazy daredevils. The truth is that they are just...

Digital Fix

20 December 2015, 19:00

It is probably one of the toughest selling jobs in the world: standing in front of a packed hall of teenage school kids and telling them that their addiction to digital devices is hurting their brains.

World Solar Car Challenge

05 November 2015, 0:00

OK THIS IS NOT Formula One. There's no roar of finely tuned engines, there aren’t spectacular crashes into safety barriers and no split-second pit stops.

Foul Dam Water

18 October 2015, 20:00

Carte Blanche has taken me to some exotic locations… Mount Everest base camp without a sherpa or climber in sight,...

The Force of Foreign Fear

21 April 2015, 11:47

Call it Xenophobia, Afrophobia or savage criminality… it really doesn't need a name. It is a sequence of tragic and shameful incidents that have been added to a growing list of problems facing our country. 

Diagnosing a Brain on Fire

23 March 2015, 13:47

The story of Angelica turning from a normal healthy young woman to a seemingly psychotic individual virtually overnight is one that kept me thinking way past the two-day Carte Blanche shooting schedule. And the movie “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, which bagged all the Oscars in 1975, has had the chronologically gifted wondering about certain aspects of insanity for a few decades!