SABC1 Youth programme Bona Retsang shines at 2015 Wadada Awards


Bona Retsang, a youth programme featuring stories of young South African people doing it for themselves recently scooped first prize at the 2015 Wadada News for Kids International TV Awards. The Bona Retsang submission Super Madiba beat entries from 15 countries around the globe.

The award recognises excellence in television programming made especially for young people was announced at the Wadada 2015 News for Kids Summit in La Paz in Bolivia last week. The annual summit brings together TV producers from participating countries to discuss youth-related issues and media innovations. Screening of the entrants’ programmes is followed by the awards ceremony where Bona Retsang took the top prize.

Winners are voted for by a panel of young people and TV producers attending the summit. The theme was ‘Children deserve to know’; Bona Retsang’s entry focused on the theme children deserve to know that they can be heroes in their communities’ and used Mandela Day as a means of exploring the topic.

In the winning short feature, three young girls from the children’s home Girls and Boys Town took up the challenge to be of service to others and uplift the lives of fellow humans. They baked cupcakes and wrote inspirational cards based on the teachings of Mandela; dressed up as superheroes they took to the streets to hand out their gifts and messages of support.

Bona Retsang executive producer, Shane Potgieter, said, “Super Madiba is a powerful and heart-warming story about three young children who don’t have much but are nonetheless filled with hope and goodwill they want to share with others.”

Series producer and anchor presenter Phethile ‘PK’ Khuzwayo said, “Being voted as the winners by our peers and colleagues from around the world was a humbling experience.”

Hanyani Sono, commissioning editor at SABC Education is over the moon, he says: “We are so proud of the recognition; Bona Retsang is beating to the pulse of the young South African culture.”

Bona Retsang airs every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on SABC1 at 16:00.