Hendrie Nel has been working in the television industry for more than 23 years, both as a camera man and producer. Starting out as a freelance news reporter and camera man for SABC, he also did a lot of camera work for rugby, cricket, soccer and boxing as well as motor-sport and Formula One racing. In 2010 he worked on the FIFA World Cup soccer which was held in South-Africa and hosted by Nelson Mandela with performances by world stars such as Shakira.
For the past 15 years the majority of Hendrie’s work was done at golf events and golf related programs for the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and the Asian Tour as well as the Eye of Africa tournament. Some of his events were the South African Open, the Alfred Dunhill at St. Andrew’s in Scotland and Leopard Creek in South Africa, the Ladies Scottish Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the Afrasia Mauritius Open, the Kenya Open, the Solheim Cup, the Jo’burg Open and the famous Gary Player invitational.
Two decades on the major tours of golf has brought Hendrie an invaluable experience in the production and camera work for the implementation of international events and a priceless network of television executives, tournament hosts and tour players, many of which he considers his friends. Having been in the special forces of the police and working as an investigator and in the police video unit before switching to the world of television, Hendrie devoted his life to the safety and protection of others. Hi motto: “I’m living a life of gratitude and hopefully it is visible in my work.” - It is. And, in January 2020 he received a prize from the European tour for one of his outstanding career highlights - the shot of a lifetime: Louis Oosthuizen’s hole-in-one on the par 3, 8th on the final day of the SA Open in Johannesburg. Live on Air!