- Veteran broadcaster Noxolo Grootboom has announced her retirement after 37 years in the industry
- She began her career as a typist for SABC in the 80's before making her way onto television
- Social media reacted with shock to the news of Noxolo Grootboom's retirement
Veteran isiXhosa newsreader, Noxolo Grootboom, is hanging up her microphone and has announced that after 37 years she will retire.
Grootboom has accompanied many South Africans over the last three decades and as a result, become a much loved public figure in the broadcasting industry.
She began her career in the '80s in the typing pool before she made her way onto television screens.
The 30th of March will be Grootboom's last day on the job. When news broke of her retirement it sent shockwaves across social media.
"I was a rookie in PE when Sis Noxolo Grootboom came for Oom Ray Mhlaba's funeral. We were amazed by how easy & kind she was. Years later we met again in Cape Town when she came for a surprise visit to a sickly boy who was a big fan. She also called when he passed on. Ngumntu."
"This is Mrs Noxolo Grootboom. She'll be reading her final isiXhosa news bulletin on @Official_SABC1 next week on Tuesday at 7pm. She's retiring and will now "go and rest" she told me. What an inspiration she is...love you Ma'am @SABCiindaba."
"Sis’ #NoxoloGrootboom, you made anchoring in isiXhosa fashionable. I always looked forward to watching the news. Thank you for the great work you have done behind the scenes at the public broadcaster. In my uncle’s words, Vusi Ace Ntshingila “You are a trend setter.” Siyabulela!"
"Appreciation post for Usisi Noxolo Grootboom. Isixhosa sakho sisi Hundred points symbol. Your dedication, enthusiasm and insight are really inspiring. I wish you many years of great achievements. #NoxoloGrootboom."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that one of South Africa’s finest footballers, former Bafana Bafana midfielder Steven Pienaar is among those people who perfectly fit the category of going from rags to riches. He recently announced his retirement.
Born and bred in an impoverished environment in Johannesburg - Westbury - where he witnessed gang violence, Pienaar rose to prominence as a teenager and went on to become a household name for both his clubs and the national team.
Famously known as ‘Schillo’ to his admirers, the 38-year-old launched his career with the now-defunct Ajax Cape Town back in 1998 until 2001 when he left to join Dutch giants, Ajax Amsterdam.
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