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South Africa: 'Legendary' SABC Newsreader Noxolo Grootboom Retires After 37 Years - Reports

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has confirmed the retirement of veteran isiXhosa newsreader Noxolo Grootboom, industry reports say. After 37 years in the industry, Grootboom will be appearing for the last time on TV screens on 30 March 2021.  Grootboom, popularly known for her sign-off line "ndinithanda nonke emakhaya", had social media flooding with appreciation messages after her retirement announcement. As the news started to spread on social media, Noxolo's name topped the Twitter trends list, with many calling for a shut-down on Tuesday, 30 March, to watch the veteran's final bow.

Noxolo's career began in the 1980s, where she started as a broadcasting typist at the SABC. She then moved up the ladder and made her way to TV screens as a regular evening newsreader for more than two decades.  According to reports about Noxolo's archived interview from 2019 with an online magazine, she had stated that she used her job as a typist to get to where is envisioned her career. The typing job was an opportunity to get a foot in at the SABC door, she said in the interview.

Grootboom held South African's hands during some of the most iconic moments in South African history, including the death of former president Nelson Mandela in 2013 and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018.

Musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka, radio personality Anele Mdoda, and EFF MP Mbuyiseli Ndlozi paid tribute to the star and joined the call to watch Noxolo as she reads the news for the last time on Tuesday 30 March at 19h00 (GMT+2).


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