Riaan Cruywagen writes tell-all bio

2012-03-07 10:09
Louise Ferreira
Johannesburg - He is an iconic newsreader and according to a poll, one of the people South Africans trust most - and soon Riaan Cruywagen's autobiography will be available for all to read.

After 37 years as an Afrikaans newsreader and altogether 47 years in broadcasting, Cruywagen decided to publish his life story.

"When my 4-year-old grandson heard I am writing a book, he asked very innocently: 'Grandpa, why do you write a book? Why don't you go and buy one?'"said Cruywagen.

The idea for the book partly came from questions that people asked him. "Over the years, as one socialises around the fire or a dinner table, you start telling stories about broadcasting's old days, things that are not as widely known. Then people ask  'Why isn't it written in a book?'"

'Nostalgic journey'

Over two years four publishers approached him, until Johnny le Roux of Naledi persuaded him to write Wat's Nuus.

The autobiography, which will be launched at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and available in stores from April 2, is about the "golden days of broadcasting" as well as his own history, explains Cruywagen. "It was such a wonderful, nostalgic journey."

Le Roux said in a statement that Cruywagen reveals what is actually happening behind the scenes at the national broadcaster. "Among other things, Riaan tells why he laughed so hysterically during a broadcast in the eighties, why he appears in music videos these days and sits in a jacuzzi with beautiful, half-naked girls."

The latter is a reference to last year's ad for the Loerie Awards, which featured Cruywagen. Watch the video here.



  • Ben - 2012-03-07 10:20

    Yeah! Riaan tell us about the News groupies, the parties and the drugs!! And the deal you made with the devil never to age! Cruywagen FTW!!!

      chris.fourie - 2012-03-07 13:16

      Poor Ben, you must be very young if the best you can come up with! Is this sad little comment about a person that has shared and seen so much in his lifetime? Maybe you are even too young to be playing here with the smart intellectually unchallenged adults……! Please go find yourself a more suited playground or sandpit!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 13:22

      @chris, I think he was being sarcastic...

      piet.strydom - 2012-03-07 16:07

      Sarkasme is die laaste stuiptrekkings van 'n verrotte brein....

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-03-07 10:28

    Cruywagen's autobiography? It must be a hell of a long book, since it all started back in ancient egypt. If we could bottle his genes we'd be able to save the planet!

      Vernon - 2012-03-07 15:21

      Ancient Egypt!cruywgen sailed with Noah

  • Doc - 2012-03-07 10:31

    I remember when our first TV was delivered and after it was hooked up the fist show I ever saw on TV was Haas Daas se Nuus Kas with the voice of Riaan. What a legend.

      Suzanne - 2012-03-07 11:14

      Dinsdae net na 6...

      calliedj - 2012-03-07 13:10


  • John - 2012-03-07 10:34

    I wonder if he comes clean about his toupee

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 13:23

      That old hair piece! ;)

  • Rinus - 2012-03-07 10:57

    Legend! Pretty sure he is one of David Icke's Lizard people who never age and run the world! Also heard that he can strangle someone with a cordless phone! ;-)

      vastis1 - 2012-03-07 16:42

      Riaan Cruywagen is fluent in twenty seven of the eleven official languages. Riaan Cruywagen knows the news before it happens. Riaan Cruywagen knew you would say that. Riaan Cruywagen is cryogenically frozen every night for EXACTLY eight hours. His brain impulses are monitored during this and used as templates for deciphering elaborate ancient manuscripts. Riaan Cruywagen had a telekinetic showdown with Johan Stemmet. After draining all of Stemmet's powers and rendering him severely retarded, he created Noot vir Noot and made Stemmet the host.

  • calliedj - 2012-03-07 11:03

    Chuck Norris has a signed photo of Riaan Cruywagen hanging above his bed...

      Francois - 2012-03-07 11:47

      Chuck Norris wears a Riaan Cruywagen suit to bed.

  • odupreez - 2012-03-07 12:15

    A real celeb. without any baggage,its a pity all Good things come to an end, it will be a book worth reading I am sure.

  • Angela - 2012-03-07 12:18

    Wish I could see that hilarious news segment from the 80's

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-03-07 12:24

    Here's the autobiography: I read the News. My hair is a wig. *end*

      Reinette - 2012-03-07 13:37

      And here's yours-Someone gave me a stupid name, then i made a stupid comment. The end of Lyndatjie

  • Anette - 2012-03-07 13:22

    To all of you making stupid remarks about this man. Until you have actually met him and had a conversation with him, you have no idea how interesting and well spoken he is. He is an example of what we should all strive towards.

  • tiffinyjane.sutherland - 2012-03-07 13:23

    Is he still alive? He looks the same as he did in 1984. haha.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 13:24

    Riaan = I are legend.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-03-08 00:16

    I love Riaan Cruywagen!!!

  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-03-08 06:29

    great guy... would love to read his bio....

  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-03-08 06:31

    Riaan Cruywagen pushed is own pram as a baby

  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-03-08 06:32

    Riaan Cruywagen counted to infinity........Twice!!!

  • joniel.stoffels - 2012-03-08 07:05

    Wie's al hierdie mense. LEGENDARY.

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