Riaan Cruywagen: The last broadcast

2012-11-26 14:08
Cape Town – Veteran Afrikaans newsreader Riaan Cruywagen will be signing off for the last time tonight, marking exactly 37 years since he started working for the SABC.

Riaan, who announced his retirement at the beginning of November, will be reading his last bulletin on Monday at 19:00 on SABC2.

After nearly four decades in the broadcasting business, Riaan is looking forward to spending evenings at home with his family.

He told Beeld he believes he's already seven years over his retiring age and revealed that he's done over 7 000 television broadcasts.

"This means that I couldn't spend time with my family for at least 7 000 evenings, so I must say I'm looking forward to the evenings at home."

Riaan began his career as a journalist in 1965 when he started working part-time at the SABC in Cape Town and he presented his first news bulletin on 26 November 1975 at 20:00.

Riaan is also known for being the voice on then popular children's programme Haas Das se Nuuskas and has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are SA, the popular show that delves into one's family history and traces one's roots.

In 2011, Riaan appeared in an advert for the Loerie Awards (where he is chilling with some models in a jacuzzi), which has been viewed more than 63 000 times on YouTube.

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  • Noble Goliath - 2012-11-26 15:02

    'n Ware legende. Geniet die welverdiende, aftrede Riaan.

  • Grant Henry - 2012-11-26 15:54

    Wow I thought he was dead long time ago just shows when last I even tuned into SABC.

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2012-11-26 15:57

    die afrikaanse nuus sal nooit weer dieselfde wees nie. daar is, was, en sal daar net een riaan wees.

  • teresita.cuniberticillie - 2012-11-26 16:36

    As far as I know, he is the longest serving anchorman in the world.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-11-26 17:54

    A well deserved rest. Rian you are a legend.

  • pretorius.martin - 2012-11-26 18:49

    Maak los daardie boortjie en haal af jou das...

  • eurika.dippenaar - 2012-11-26 19:55

    enjoy a well deserved retirement!!!

  • estelle.olivier.9250 - 2012-11-26 20:26

    Riaan, mag baie jongmense probeer om in jou voetspore te volg. Jy is meer as 'n ikoon vir ons, jy is 'n legende wat ons altyd sal mis op die kassie in ons huise! Geniet jou familie verder!

  • khulas.mengas - 2012-11-26 20:31

    I REALLY GOING TO MISS RIAAN FOR THE GOOD WORK,AND THE motavation he used to give us,i deeply say to him go and spend some evening with your family and may god bless u and the rest of your family,u wil always be a presenter and a legend, good bye,RIAAN FROM:CHARLES SEIMA SAPS NALEDI

  • christa.chidrawi - 2012-11-27 16:42

    Wonderful to see success, integrity and competence all mixed into a friendly matured person. Will miss you on the kassie Riaan. So happy you could finish on a high..... God bless!!!

  • kyle.venter3 - 2012-11-28 20:56


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