In a series of tweets last night, eNCA senior anchor and one of South Africa's most prominent media personalities, Nikiwe Bikitsha confirmed that she is leaving the eNCA.
As one of the lead anchors of the most watched news channel in the country, Bikitsha's departure came as a shock to many eNCA viewers who we can assume are her fans.
Bikitsha confirmed that she will be taking up freelance work, studying and getting into business. She is not only a talented news anchor, but she can hold her own when it comes to business matters, having hosted a business news show with The Big Debate's Siki Mgabadeli, which was broadcast on SABC 2 a few years ago.
“@LuckiemWorld: @NBikitsha We will miss on our screens. Where are you going?” Freelance journ,study & business.
“@miss_mbali: @NBikitsha sisi sorry that was rude.Yima kodwa manje uyaphi?We will miss you uyakwazi lokho?” Enkosi.Freelance,study,business
@NzingaQ It is so.
Bikitsha was the main news anchor alongside Jeremy Maggs during the evening news. In 2010, she received a scholarship from the Hubert Humphrey fellowship and will left for the United States in August of that year, to further her studies. She came back in 2013 and while she was no longer the senior main news anchor, alongside Maggs (she was replaced by Iman Rappetti), she still ranked very high and was the go-to anchor for major news stories.
Her departure from eNCA is a big blow, especially since she was one of the best in the country. With her going the freelance route, we wonder if maybe she will be following Debra Patta's lead? Patta left the channel in 2012, also going the freelance route. She is now one of the correspondents for CBS News, just to name a few.
Bikitsha will be missed on our screens and we sincerely hope that she won't disappear from our screens for a long time.
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