- Famous former SABC IsiXhosa news reader Noxolo Grootboom’s final bulletin was watched by 3.8 million, the latest report has indicated
- The legend of news anchoring, Noxolo Grootboom, has retired from the SABC after spending close to 40 years with the state broadcaster
- Latest information suggests that Noxolo Grootboom’s Ndi nithanda nonke emakhaya on 30 March was the most-watched show on television
After pulling down the curtain on her television career that lasted close to 40 years, Noxolo Grootboom’s final news bulletin was watched by 3 832 686 people.
According to a report released by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRC), many people tuned in to their television sets on Tuesday, March 30.
The veteran news anchor has stepped down from her role as a newsreader at the South African Broadcasting Corporation and her final news reading slot was hugely awaited by many in Mzansi and beyond.
Labelled as the pioneer of isiXhosa news reading, the former typist at the public broadcaster has been showered with praise for her professionalism and passion for her job.
Grootboom had worked for the corporation for close to four decades and has gone to retirement leaving a lasting legacy.
According to the Sowetan Live website, last month’s Television Audience Measurement Service (TAMS) report indicates that a whopping 3, 832 ,686 viewers watched to see the famous “Ndi nithanda nonke emakhaya” for the final time.
It is also reported that the impressive number constituted a third of all TV views during that time slot on the day.
Grootboom rose to prominence as a news anchor and has also told a number of publications that she was honoured to have had such a long and rich career.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa also moved his national address to a different time slot where he was set to speak ahead of the Easter Weekend.
Ramaphosa was set to address the country at 19:00 but moved his time to 19:30 to allow the citizens to watch Grootboom for the final time.
Briefly News reported that the seasoned anchor was hanging up her microphone and has announced that after 37 years she will retire.
Grootboom had accompanied many South Africans over the last three decades and as a result, became 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.
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