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Congratulations are in order for Mama Noxolo Grootboom.

Noxolo Grootboom is a retired news anchor of the isiXhosa news on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The living legend spent more than thirty years of her life serving South Africans with her richness knowledge of the isiXhosa language. She has been witnessed paying tributes to the most prestigious individuals within the South African community because of her eloquence in delivering speeches and news.

Due to her outstanding work, not only as a great news anchor in the country but also an individual who nurtured and echoed the importance of isiXhosa as a language that is proudly of African descent. She will be receiving an honory doctorate from Rhodes university.

This kind of honor is not given randomly in society. It is in fact earned, one's work comes to recognition to these higher education institutions, due to their positive impact in society they are then honored. Moreover, it is awarded to someone who has immensely influenced a specific domain in society and utterly made a mark. Noxolo Grootboom truly made a mark as a news anchor, especially in her own language.

In accordance to the Rhodes university website. She will be officially honored on the 29th of October 2021 during the Masters and PhD ceremony for the university's students.

Stating that she deserved this would be an understatement. Mama Noxolo Grootboom earned this through her the dedication, pride and high calibre she portrayed throughout her years of working up until the last day. Her passion for education, informing and entertaining through an African language was easily seen by anyone who would attempt to watch her anchor any type of news to South Africans.

Today and forever, many young women and men of South Africa, especially those within the media industry will always have the chance to draw some inspiration, courage and confirmation that through embracing their cultures, ethnicities and African identities, nothing is impossible.

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