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RUDA LANDMAN TRIBUTE (article first published : 2007-06-20)

Carte Blanche will be running a 20 minute tribute on June 24 to mark the end of an era of one of the most enduring television careers in South Africa.

Ruda Landman was there when the program was launched in 1988 and over the last 19 years she has become widely respected and even feared for her role as reporter and presenter on Carte Blanche. Ruda has been witness to great changes in South Africa and has travelled across the world to bring a wide variety of stories to Carte Blanche viewers.

Ruda tells us about what her career has meant to her and she gives us her personal perspective on some of the hundreds of stories she has worked on and about what went on behind the cameras:

From her encounter with gorillas in Rwanda; her journey into the abyss in Somalia shortly after four journalists were killed there; meeting a gracious and charming Nelson Mandela in London; Gorbachev in Russia; encounters with a garlic-chewing interpreter while filming the Shaolin Monks in the heart of China; the magical atmosphere around a healer in Brazil; the magnitude of a volcanic eruption in Goma; exposing Mama Jackie; and a heartrending interview with a young girl who was sold to paedophiles.

Ruda also confesses that she went through some rather steep learning curves on matters sexual, especially for a ‘platteland se meisie’ who grew up in the small town of Keimoes near the Kalahari.

The programme investigates the rumours of the alleged affair between her and Derek, the ‘Carte’ to her ‘Blanche’ and discover that as good as she is on camera, when it comes to matters of a domestic nature, that the cooking is best left to the professionals.




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