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Veteran SA TV news anchor retires after 37 years.

JOHANNESBURG (CyHAN)- Veteran South African television news anchor, Riaan Cruywagen, has retired from broadcasting after 37 years, holding the record for the longest continuing presence on South African television.

The Afrikaans language news anchor, ended his last news bulletin on Monday evening, with millions of viewers tuned in on the SABC 2 TV channel for the 19:00 news bulletin.

"My task is completed. Tonight, exactly 37 years after reading my first TV news bulletin, I'm retiring," said Cruywagen as he bid farewell.

Over the past 37 years, Cruywagen has become a part of South African pop-culture, and an icon of news media and broadcasting.

Before he signed off for the last time, he took the opportunity to thank his colleagues and all the staff at the public broadcaster, including all the viewers.

On Monday morning, the SABC hosted a special brunch in honour of Cruywagen, presenting him with a special commemorative plaque.

During the presentation, the SABC's acting Chief Operation Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, expressed gratitude to Cruywagen for his work ethic, his iconic dress and style sense, and for leading by example.


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Date:Nov 27, 2012
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