Esteemed and veteran isiXhosa newsreader, Noxolo Grootboom has officially retired from the media after spending close to 37 years in the ‘game’.

The much-loved broadcaster will beam across the nation for the last time on March 30 at 7pm after years of gracing Mzansi’s homes on most nights. 

Noxolo Grootboom prominence in the media first began in the early 80s where she was just a typist before making her the television screen. 

The Eastern Cape-born anchor is not only known for the way she narrated the news, including her signature sign-off, “Ndi nithanda nonke emakhaya”.

But she has also been largely lauded for being a pioneer in making anchoring in isiXhosa “fashionable”. 

News of her retirement came in as an unpleasant surprise as it sent shockwaves to many of her admirers as they took to their various social media pages to reminisce about some of their favourite moments and also to pay homage to her.