Wildlife television presenter, Bonné de Bod scoops two Kudu Awards for 2015

kudu-award-best-journalistBonné de Bod scooped two Kudu Awards at a prestigious ceremony in Pretoria this weekend. She won “Best Journalist (TV)” for 2014 & 2015 where her work spanned a wide range of topics including cheetahs, baboons, wild dogs and the rhino poaching crisis. Bonné won in recognition of her “passionate, balanced reporting on wildlife conservation issues as well as keeping the public updated and informed about environmental issues in South Africa”.  She has been presenting wildlife and environment related stories on South African television for the past 6 years. As well as being a FGASA field guide and ATKV Media-Veertjie nominated in 2014 and 2015 for her work on 50|50, she is now producing wildlife television and documentary films for both local and international markets. 
Bonné also shared the coveted “Best Programme” Award with filmmaker Susan Scott for their work on the “Rhino Brief” series, which aired on the TV programme “50|50” in 2014 and 2015. Now in its eleventh year, the Kudu awards were handed over by the Minster of Environmental Affairs Ms. Edna Molewa, and hosted by South African National Parks (SANParks) who were supported by Total SA and FNB.  SANParks acknowledged the duo by stating, “for the best publication/programme/website award, Bonné de Bod and Susan Scott receive the award for their body of work on the rhino poaching issues and creating awareness in the local communities about the impact of rhino poaching to conservation and tourism”. The award winning ‘Rhino Brief’ series has been versioned into an international series called ‘Rhino Planet’ which will air in territories worldwide, including the very important Asian audience.
The R40,000 prize money for both awards will be given back to SANParks for their rhino efforts.  The duo have spent considerable time filming the K9 unit as well as the Veterinary Wildlife Services team, which is where the amount will be earmarked. 
Thrilled with both wins Bonné said, “the recognition from SANParks themselves is an incredible acknowledgment of the work that not only myself and Susan do, but it also shows an appreciation of 50|50 and SABC for providing us with a platform to allow these important stories to be shared with the nation.”

Along with Susan, Bonné is currently making the first Afrikaans (with English subtitles) feature documentary for cinema release on the rhino poaching crisis called ‘STROOP’ which is set for international and local release in 2016. Here she looks at all the aspects around the rhino poaching crisis in a 90 minute film.