The entire WildAid family is shocked and saddened at the loss of our friend, the legendary South African cameraman, Dudley Saunders. For three decades, Dudley courageously covered up-close many of the biggest stories and most volatile situations on the continent, including wars, famine, conflicts, and the escalating threat to wildlife. Dudley was one of the few cameramen assigned to Nelson Mandela following his release from prison and through his ascension to the Presidency. He shot for the SABC, BBC, NBC, and news agencies around the world.
WildAid was fortunate to recently work with Dudley and his partner, producer Bernadette Cook, filming Yao Ming’s journey throughout South Africa for the upcoming documentary 'The End of the Wild'.
Tributes from around the world remember Dudley as generous, courageous, and a larger than life character from the old school of investigative journalism. The South African Arts & Culture ministry said, “Saunders played a critical role in contributing towards building our creative industry in South Africa and also putting our creative work on the global map.”
Dudley’s, sound man and close friend Mandla Mlambo says he was highly respected by everyone. "He would make a ten-year-old child soldier in West Africa feel comfortable, he would make Chief Buthelezi comfortable, he would make Mandela comfortable, he was just perfect for good personal skills and he would talk to anyone with the same kind of respect. He was a good human being. He did to others what he expected to be done to him.”
Dudley you will be missed and our heartfelt condolences go out to Bernadette and your family.
Peter Knights and Eric Steinhauser