Dr. Noxolo Grootboom honoured with an award

Veteran isiXhosa language media personality, Noxolo Grootboom, was honoured at the South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards (SATMAs) with a prestigious award.

Grootboom as well as struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Professor Pitika Ntuli as well as Antoinette Sithole who is the sister of the 1976 struggle activist, Hector Peterson, were honoured with SATMA awards at a ceremony held at the Freedom Park in Pretoria.

“You know when you work, you work to be able to go to sleep well fed. Now I am getting honour after honour, award after award. Thank you to SATMAs and South Africa for giving me these flowers, I smelled them while I was still alive,” said Grootboom who retired last year after 37 years of reading isiXhosa news on SABC.

“These are SATMA’s efforts to continue to honour the heroes and heroines of South Africa who have played a significant role in the development of the nation,” said Zandile Nzimande, the CEO of the SATMAs.

Government officials, dignitaries and royalty attended this dignified ceremony.

Musicians such as Zama Jobe, Abigail Kubeka, Fiesta Black, Sibusiso Mbangeni and Khavisa entertained on stage as well as traditional dance groups and poets.

Speaking at the event, legendary singer Abigail Kubeka, who is also an actress, reminded the guests that they should not forget the efforts and sacrifices made to achieve freedom, saying that we should be proud and believe in ourselves. She said that in all the challenges we are facing, we can achieve a lot if we are united.

Grootboom, who was born on October 8 in Cacadu formerly Lady Frere, was recently awarded a doctorate degree (Doctor of Letters) by Rhodes University in Makhanda, and Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha followed by honouring her with a Doctor of Philosophy degree for her contribution to journalism.

This year’s SATMAs will be held in Mpumalanga on October 1.