Veteran broadcaster Cruywagen signs off

Kathryn Kimberley

EXACTLY 37 years after he first greeted South Africans from the SABC news box, veteran news reader Riaan Cruywagen signed off for the very last time last night.

He had done close to 7000 broadcasts.

Cruywagen, 67, is also known for being the voice on then popular Afrikaans kiddies’ programme Haas Das se Nuuskas.

But not only has his voice boomed into living rooms for the past 37 years, he has also become a superhero of sorts and been placed in the same category as Chuck Norris.

While some are in awe of his longevity, others have been spotted wearing T-shirts sporting Cruywagen’s face superimposed on Superman’s body.

During an interview on 5FM, Cruywagen said he once met a man who had a tattoo of him on his leg.

Yesterday, celebs and fans tweeted their farewells.

Actress @christipanagio said: “On the news @7 is: Riaan Cruywagen’s last broadcast- he’s been broadcasting 2 yrs longer than I’ve been alive!.”

Meanwhile, funny man @marclottering tweeted: “Blowdrying my hair for Riaan Cruywagen’s final bulletin tonight at 7.

“Literally the end of an era …”

Cruywagen is not on Twitter.

But despite his old-fashioned hair cut – that never changes – and his formal persona, he has become a pop culture sensation over the years.

He is even expected to make an appearance at Friday night’s Damelin University fashion show – on an item of clothing, of course.

Model Armand Dicker will wear a variety of T-shirts with Cruywagen’s face stretched across the front. The clothing was designed by student Enrico Nortjie.

And after missing thousands of dinners with his wife, Riaana, Cruywagen told the media this week that the two of them looked forward to sitting down to dinner together tonight, while watching someone else fill his giant shoes – or at least, try to.

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