This season we are thrilled to be bringing you a lineup of lively, adventurous and informed environmentally friendly hosts. They will be the driving force behind a new era of 50|50
Ntokozo Mbuli continues to anchor the show but also wearing the hat of Executive Producer.
With over 18 years of television broadcast experience, and as one of the partners at Clive Morris Productions – the company that creates 50|50 for SABC 2. Ntokozo’s off-screen career is where she places the bulk of her focus and energy – writing and producing for much of CMP’s programming. That being said, her role at the helm of 50|50 as the series and executive producer of the programme is the most dear to her. Her on-screen career began in the hands of 50|50 in 2006 with a 4minute slot per episode, as the presenter of “Bosbrokkies/Bush Buzz”. Since then she has grown in leaps and bounds, both in her understanding of conservation issues and in television experience.
She is currently the longest serving member of the 50|50 team and has achieved many accolades along the way, the most recent of which is being named one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans of 2013, and receiving the Future Leader’s award in the 2013 Greening The Future Awards.
In 2015 WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) honoured her with their National Award For Individuals, for the work that she has done to aspire young people from different backgrounds to take conservation and the environment more seriously.
Since she started presenting on 50|50 in 2006, Ntokozo has been involved in many environmental projects and campaigns, and she has also had the opportunity to present environmental TV shows on other channels, such as the educational television series: Project Marion (SABC 2 – 2009/2010) and the children’s daytime wildlife show: Wild Ones (SABC 3 – 2007). Added to this, she has been the face of campaigns such as the “Plastics Fantastic” recycling drive, The Community Builder of the Year and the “46664 Streetwise” AIDS initiative.
She is currently spearheading initiatives of her own, one of which is the “allow your hands” project, which encourages youth to make a difference.
The show welcomes Ashmund Martin, who will be joining the team as 50|50’s new field presenter this season. Martin hails from the small town of Prieska, in the Northern Cape and has since seen his rise in the television and entertainment industry take him across the country and develop keen interest and awareness regarding the state of our natural environments and conservation. With 50|50, Ashmund will have the opportunity to exhibit his growing passion for conservation and nature.
Growing up, he was always mesmerized by the magic of television, created by various actors and presenters who entered his family’s living room every evening. When the time came to choose a career, his love for entertainment steered him towards pursuing show business, but his journey had him embarking on a longer road to his intended destination.
In 2009, he relocated to Johannesburg exposing himself to the industry. His first break came when he landed a job as a researcher and trainee presenter for the Afrikaans entertainment programme Kwêla on kykNET. He has recorded voice overs for the MTN SAMA’s, Idols SA, kykNET & kie and SAB Miller.
In 2014, Martin made his movie debut as a supporting act in an Afrikaans movie called “Rowwe Diamante”, an opportunity that prompted him to shift his career focus to presenting, singing, acting, voiceover work, event hosting and MC work.
While exploring various options, his love for conversation, gave him an opportunity to be a guest radio presenter on Cliff Central. He also had the opportunity to do red carpet interviews at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. In the same year, he was cast to feature in a Caste Lite “Republic of Extra Cold” advertisement further boosting his profile as a memorable face on South African television screens.
His ultimate goal is to become a face of South African television and cinema, both in front of, and behind the camera. Although his first language is Afrikaans, his proficiency in English makes him yet another gem in the rich cultural tapestry that is South African society.
Since he was a little boy, Bertus loved looking for spiders and bugs wherever he went. As someone who is passionate about life, people and adventure, he traveled the world looking for opportunities to learn and contribute to conservation and social issues. His travels took him to more than 50 different countries from Iceland to Indonesia and Angola to Kazakhstan.
As someone who loved telling stories and sharing ideas, Bertus decided to study film and video technology. He worked behind the camera on a freelance basis and also qualified as a nature guide with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). He loved the opportunity this gave him to spend time in the bush and share his passion for the environment with visitors to South Africa.
As a qualified facilitator, he also helps groups of people and organisations to find innovative solutions to their challenges. For years he volunteered his time during major disasters and gave psycho-social support to survivors of war, earthquakes and tsunamis.
In 2013 Bertus joined the 50|50 team as a field presenter and at the end of 2014 he also started writing and producing his own stories. In 2015 he was awarded the SAB Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub award for his work.
When not traveling or working in Johannesburg, Bertus stays on a farm outside Magaliesburg, where together with some friends, he is pursuing a more sustainable lifestyle. To find out more about Bertus, visit his website at www.mopkop.co.za.