The 14th South African Film and Television Awards
, held as a virtual ceremony during South Africa's COVID-19 lockdown, honoured Okuhle Media with two Golden Horns: Best Competition Reality Show
for the Ultimate Braai Master,
and Best TV Presenter
for Entle Bizana for Hectic on 3
A fourth SAFTA
win for the Ultimate Braai Master
, show host and creator Justin Bonello says, "This latest win speaks volumes of Okuhle Media's South African crew, as well as of the appetite of South Africans for local homegrown content that celebrates who we are".
"Kudos to the crew, contestants and all our fierce fans for joining us on this crazy trip," adds Bonello.
Bizana says that the win is 'just extraordinary' for someone her age; she also says that the award goes far beyond the honour. "It is a symbol of hope, a hope that every young black girl like myself from a place like Tsolo Eastern Cape, where I am from, can also dream big and know that their dreams are valid," says Bizana.
The two shows brought the Okuhle Media team back to production during the COVID-19 pandemic, as an essential service, due to their reach and audience.
"We're stepping up to the plate like never before," says Okuhle Media managing director, production and executive producer, Wilna van Schalkwyk. "These are days of isolation and uncertainty, and our youth needs a strong, collective guiding light."
"It is not only up to us guide them in awareness and communicate the most up-to-date information in their own voice, but to give them back their platforms so that they get to have their own discussions, find their own creative outlets and stir their own inspiration," adds van Schalkwyk.
"It is a new world for all of us, and as the Okuhle Media team, we have used this unusual reprieve of lockdown to have robust conversations, dream new possibilities and explore new ways to remain relevant to both our audiences and our clients, continuing our philosophy of delivering beyond expectation," says van Schalkwyk.
The company has indicated that it will start with Hectic on 3
and Hectic Nine 9.
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