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TRAGEDY Carte Blanche stalwart Derek Watts takes a break from the show to focus on his health. He was diagnosed with skin cancer last year, which moved to his lungs. The announcement was made on-air on Sunday 11 June, with a crossover to Derek from hospital. He's been with Carte Blanche since its inception in 1988. >>


12 Jun 2023 12:09

Derek's message:


13 Jun 2023 12:04

And this statement from DStv:

South African television icon and Carte Blanche presenter, Derek Watts will be stepping back from his work to focus on his health.   

Last year, Derek was diagnosed with skin cancer that had spread to his lungs. With the support of his family and specialists, he was able to continue doing what he loves best: bringing his cherished viewers the stories that have shaped our country.  

While this news is undoubtedly disheartening, we remain hopeful and optimistic about Derek's journey toward recovery. We have complete confidence in the expertise and dedication of his medical team, who will provide the best possible care and support throughout this process. 

Derek has touched the lives of many throughout his remarkable career, and his unwavering spirit has been a source of inspiration for all. This was especially clear when, earlier this year, he was hospitalised with severe sepsis.

“Derek took enormous comfort from the thousands of messages he received during his recovery from sepsis.” Carte Blanche Executive Producer, John Webb says.

“Following his cancer diagnosis, I know his resolve will be strengthened by the continued love and support of the people to whom he dedicated his working life. We join all of you in wishing strength and recovery to our patriarch, mentor, colleague, and friend.”  

MultiChoice Group CEO of General Entertainment, Nomsa Philiso also wishes Derek well in his health journey.

“M-Net would like to send a message of support and well-wishes to veteran investigative journalist and long-time Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts. We hold him, his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers and wish him strength and courage as he fights this illness.

"The team at M-Net has the utmost respect and admiration for Derek and his commitment to the channel for the last 36 years. Derek’s immense contribution to Carte Blanche forms the tapestry and legacy of the M-Net brand. We will continue to support him during this challenging time,”.

Derek has been part of Carte Blanche since its inception in 1988 and has become one of South Africa's most respected and recognised investigative journalists.

He has played an instrumental role in uncovering truth and justice for many. His unwavering commitment to the show and its mission of holding those in power accountable is exemplary. 

We understand the interest in Derek's progress, and we assure you that updates will be provided. During this challenging time, we kindly request that his privacy and that of his loved ones be respected, allowing him the space needed to focus on his recovery.  

For now, Derek wishes to thank everyone for the continued support. “Thank you for all the love, the messages, the prayers that give us all hope. And thanks, of course, for continuing to watch Carte Blanche. I’ll be back soon.”

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