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Noxolo Grootboom: SABC veteran broadcaster announces retirement

SABC legendary news reader Noxolo Grootboom is set to read the isiXhosa news for the last time on Tuesday 30 March 2021 as she retires.

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South African Broadcasting Corporation’s veteran broadcaster and linguist, Noxolo Grootboom, is set to retire after working for the public broadcaster for 37 years. The SABC confirmed the news on its Twitter account.

The isiXhosa news anchor is one of the most iconic faces on TV and is loved by many for her unique presenting style and skills. Grootboom will bow out by gracing the screens of many Mzansi homes for the last time on Tuesday 30 March 2021.


  • Famous for her closing line “ndinithanda nonke emakhaya” which means “I love you all” Grootboom started at the public broadcaster as a typist and made her way to television screens where she anchored for more than two decades;
  •  Grootboom grew up in the rural Eastern Cape;
  • Grootboom had a chance to broadcast about the death of former SACP Secretary-General, Chris Hani;
  • In 2013, she anchored the late President Nelson Mandela’s funeral broadcast;
  • In 2018, she was again asked to return to anchor during the funeral proceedings for former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela; and  
  • The 61-year-old had a special skill of using metaphors that had a unique way of ensuring that her fans had a reason to watch her broadcast in isiXhosa and that was one of the ways she educated the nation.

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Since the announcement of her retirement by the SABC, South Africans have taken to Twitter to reminisce about some of their fondest memories of Grootboom and to wish her well. These include the likes of EFF Commissar Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, fellow colleagues at the SABC and other journalists.

Telecommunications And Postal Services spokesperson Spitch Nzawumbi said that he feels lucky in his career and considers himself blessed to have once worked with the legendary Noxolo Grootboom as a bulletin writer for the isiXhosa TV News.

“Always ready to affirm and share from her experience. Always affirming. She referred to us as ‘bantwana bam’ and treated us as her own,” Nzawumbi wrote.

Whether it is for her traditional Xhosa or other African attires, her command of the Xhosa language, her timeless beauty or her famous sign-off line “Ndi nithanda nonke emakhaya”, the legendary news anchor will be sorely missed on the small screens.