Riaan Cruywagen retiring after 37 years

2012-11-02 08:37
Cape Town – After 37 years in the business, veteran Afrikaans newsreader Riaan Cruywagen is retiring, reports Beeld.

Acting head of news and actuality at the SABC, Jimi Matthews, confirmed on Thursday that Cruywagen will be leaving the broadcasting corporation in November.

Matthews told Beeld that on 26 November it will be exactly 37 years since Cruywagen started working at the SABC. "He is 67. He's retiring," Matthews added.

Cruywagen 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."

Cruywagen last took a "proper" holiday in 2006 and after that a long weekend here and there, but said that "it's not really enough time to rest and switch off.

"That's how it goes when the news is your food, but it's going to be nice to quietly read the newspapers and magazines during the day and to rather read a book than a newspaper."

Cruywagen is also known for being the voice on then popular children's programme Haas Das se Nuuskas.

*Pay tribute to Riaan by sending a message of congratulations and farewell to tv@channel24.co.za , and get published!


  • david.toit.7 - 2012-11-02 08:43


      shelton.thorburn - 2012-11-02 08:51

      If there was ever a statue to be erected at the SABC then Riaan should be it.

      ed.gutsche - 2012-11-02 09:30

      nooooooooooooo, what is the world coming too???

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-02 09:37

      Absolute legend!!! Bless! Think he's go grey naturally now?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-02 09:40

      No man he's a Vampire! Enjoy the retirement Mr.Cruywagen - you deserve it, and are a legend!

      loki.scribus - 2012-11-02 10:00

      Riaan Cruywagen is the only guy who can give Chuck Norris bad news... and live.

      charmaine.byron - 2012-11-02 10:06

      Chuck Norris wears Riaan Cruywagen pjamas!!!! SABC will never the be the same again

      willem.murray.1 - 2012-11-02 11:28

      Riaan Cruywagen was the original model for Michelangelo's statue of David. Unfortunately, that was in the early years of Michelangelo's career and he wasn't yet artistically mature enough to capture the Cruywagen essence. He nearly drove himself mad with frustration until eventually he decided to settle for his number 2 choice of model in Chuck Norris who was only 3 years old when he posed for Michelangelo.

      johan.fou - 2012-11-02 19:22

      When I was still in school, i read a Huisgenoot interview with him where he said that after all these years, he still criticizes himself after every show, and think of what he could have done better. I took that to heart, and it became one of my principles in life. My 12 year career so far has been an immense success, and I teach that principle to all my subordinates...who then also find success with it. Totsiens Oom Riaan. Jy's 'n legende, en ons gaan jou vreeslik mis.

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-11-02 08:46

    Absolute legend...well deserved rest

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-11-02 08:47

    Nooooooooo..... dont go. 7000 broadcasts.... that is amazing! True legend.

  • lulama - 2012-11-02 08:47

    Guy has looked like that since I first saw him. We will miss him

      Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-11-02 09:00

      I know right! :D I remember seeing him doing the news when I was a laaitie. I'm an adult already. Gosh what a legend.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-02 09:41

      If he's been at it for 37 years, that means I was 2 years old when he started! That is legendary!

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-11-02 13:30

      Most of your comments doesn't reflect you're 39 though *Wondering*

      hugo.mcdonald.7 - 2012-11-02 15:35

      After WW3 there will only be roaches and Riaan's hair running around the planet Enjoy the rest Riaan!

  • bothabibi - 2012-11-02 08:48

    NEE!!!!!! :(

  • merven.halo - 2012-11-02 08:48

    Chuck Norris was the first man to reach the top of Kilimanjaro, just to bumbed into Riaan Cruywagen for an interview....

  • Stanley - 2012-11-02 08:50

    Enjoy ur retirement

  • Alfred - 2012-11-02 08:50

    Wow, retiring at 67 --- his SABC pension must be Awesome!!

      francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-02 11:19

      if there's anything left

  • NEHEMIAHcapetown - 2012-11-02 08:51

    Well done Riaan. You deserve the retirement. We will miss you on SABC 2, at 19h00 Afrikaans News. All of the best to you.!

  • jerome.fakoe - 2012-11-02 08:51

    Congrats Riaan enjoy your retirement and God bless.

  • hughhezuze.schalkwyk - 2012-11-02 08:51

    WELL DONE RIAAN WELL DONE! Now go and enjoy you're BELLS!

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-11-02 11:52

      Enjoy Riaan !!! Legendary News Man

  • shimi.mpete - 2012-11-02 08:51

    Totsiens! OOM RIAAN

  • MatthewHealing - 2012-11-02 08:54

    When will his last broadcast be ?

  • nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-11-02 08:56

    NOOOOOO! He still looks so young...

      merven.halo - 2012-11-02 09:30

      His plastic surgeon is smiling for sure!

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-02 09:39

      Good genes or good doctor? Who cares! Riaan rocks!!

      hugo.mcdonald.7 - 2012-11-02 15:37

      Its all the night caps with the big wigs of the world... The alcohol is preserving him...When I am old and decrepit, he will still look like he did when I was born!

  • xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-11-02 08:57

    37 years later and he still looks the same. Enjoy the retirement Riaan. You are a legend.

  • xoli.xuma - 2012-11-02 09:00

    You have set your mark Riaan, I doubt no one will reach it, Enjoy your retirement, God bless you

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-02 09:01

    Mooi bly en sterkte "Haasdas"

  • petrivoges - 2012-11-02 09:03

    This is even worse news that Disney buying Star Wars

  • stertjie.stert - 2012-11-02 09:04

    As timeless as.................................... Riaan Cruywagen :-)

  • freddy.vandermerwe.7 - 2012-11-02 09:08

    Agnee,i thought that he was immortal 37 years ,well donw

  • emzito - 2012-11-02 09:13

    I thought he was 90

  • marlenevd - 2012-11-02 09:14

    Marlene van Dyk Jammer om totsiens te sê dit was die hoogtepunt van my dag om na Riaan en die nuus te luister - ons gaan jou ontsettend mis maar ook wil ek vir jou sê dat jy moet van nou af die lewe voluit geniet en doen wat jy nooit kon doen nie. STERKTE ONS GAAN JOU MIS

  • marlenevd - 2012-11-02 09:16

    Dit is met hartseer dat ek totsiens moet sê aan n ikoon - ons gaan jou baie mis STERKTE VIR DIE TOEKOMS EN GENIET ELKE DAG

  • daneil.jefthawehr - 2012-11-02 09:20

    Well done Riaan! You've served us well over the years. Enjoy your time off... you deserve it. All the best!

  • madvuso - 2012-11-02 09:21

    News will never be the same

  • pmarthenuissen - 2012-11-02 09:23

    Oh no! Riaan Cruywagen is the only reason I tune into Afrikaans News. Those well wishes at the end are so heart-warming. Simply irreplaceable! Thank you.

  • dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-02 09:24

    Ai oom Riaan Cruywagen jy sal baie baie baie gemis word! Die SABC2 nuus sal nooit weer dieselfde wees sonder jou nie. Jy is n yster en n ware legend! Mag jy n welverdiende rus tyd he saam jou familie. Ek is 20 jaar oud en jy was/is n groot inspirasie vir my en ek is seker vir baie ander Suid-Afrikaners ook. Jy is n ware held vir Afrikaans

  • neill.keartland - 2012-11-02 09:26

    The Mayans were correct the world is going to end this year. Riaan is the first sign.

  • Genesistt - 2012-11-02 09:27

    The news will never be the same again. The end of an era!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-11-02 09:29


  • marianne.v.nieuwoudt - 2012-11-02 09:31

    He looks so good for 67! have a lovely retirement, Uncle Riaan!!!

  • erika.jatho - 2012-11-02 09:31

    Wow, dit is wonderlik om NET positiewe antwoorde te lees vir 'n verandering. Riaan is waarlik 'n positiewe invloed op SA! Seker ons sal wel nog hier en daar van hom sien en hoor.

  • Iprop Propagent - 2012-11-02 09:32

    u simply legendary.big-up to u oom Riaan.

  • clifford.d.viljoen - 2012-11-02 09:33

    Riaan, wat 'n skok om te verneem dat jy hierdie besluit gaan deurvoer!! Maar ons gun jou dit ou vriend. Die teleurstelling is egter dat daar nie gou weer 'n nuusleser sal wees met die waardigheid en akkurate taal verbruik soos die man wat jy elke oggend skeer nie!! as ek jou gesig van die afgelope 37 jaar reg onthou dan moes jy seker ten minste 7000 keer geskeer het en dit is hoekom daardie vel nog so goed lyk!! Lees jou "comics" maar skeer net elke oggend ons wil jou so onthou!! God Bless You Riaan!!!

  • lauren.pelati - 2012-11-02 09:33

    "Wie is die mense?" LOL!! Gonna miss him!

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-02 09:34

    Neil stop stop that the mayan calender is incorrect,the world wont anytime soon. Riaan baaie dankie mooi loop goei afrikaner,wev learned a lot from u thru ur news reading hav a marvelous retirement.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-02 09:35

    Neil stop that the mayan calender is incorrect,the world wont end anytime soon. Riaan baaie dankie mooi loop goei afrikaner,wev learned a lot from u thru ur news reading hav a marvelous retirement.

  • linda.duits - 2012-11-02 09:36

    Enjoy your retirement and your family, thank you for the news you gave us in beautiful Afrikaans! You deserve a rest and a good holiday!

  • selwyn.eggel - 2012-11-02 09:37

    Riaan Cruywagen, iemand saam met wie ek groot geword het in die huis wat elke aand die nuus gelees het. n Ware voorbeeld. Ek gaan jou baie mis Riaan maar gaan en geniet jou aftrede. Lekker rus. Gaan mis om jou elke aand "Totsiens Riaan" te se na die nuus en te lag vir daai lasste grappie van jou! Geniet!

  • maxwell.cloete - 2012-11-02 09:37

    Ever since i can remember i have seen Riaan Cruywagen on TV.....i don't think i can believe anyone who will present the news now....you will be missed

  • johleneh - 2012-11-02 09:38

    True legend, will miss his face on TV! Bring back Haas Das!~

  • rachael.vs.1 - 2012-11-02 09:40

    No-one steals the news from Riaan Cruywagen!!!

  • phillip.joubert.56 - 2012-11-02 09:45

    Riaan groete en sterkte voorentoe sal altyd onthou word.

  • carmen.lerouxkrige - 2012-11-02 09:48

    Nog 'n stukkie van 'n mens se verlede wat tot 'n einde kom!

  • kooskanmar - 2012-11-02 09:49

    South African icon and role model.

  • UncleShep - 2012-11-02 09:56

    Legend indeed, I sir salute ya!

  • mrp721 - 2012-11-02 10:05

    Enjoy your retirement, it is well deserved... A legend indeed...

  • calliedj - 2012-11-02 10:12

    Chuck Norris has a signed poster of Riaan Cruywagen above his bed, and sleeps in Riaan Cruywagen pajamas.

  • niki.wessels - 2012-11-02 10:14

    No, don't tell me he also gets older! What is the world coming to?!

      hugo.mcdonald.7 - 2012-11-02 15:40

      No, he doesnt...they count his age according to the different ages of the world....it all started when Riaan told Adam what happened the day before...

  • solly.shaba - 2012-11-02 10:28

    Good bye Mr. Riaan you really deserve a break. Go spend the remaining days of your life wuth your beloved family. This man is characterised by discipline and dedication.