eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) weather anchor Derek Van Dam will be returning to the US in July to join CNN International Atlanta, after featuring on the 24-hour DStv news channel (DStv channel 403) for six years.
Van Dam comments, Living and working in South Africa has been a tremendous honour for me. I will be forever grateful to my colleagues at eNCA for the experiences and knowledge that we shared together as well as the tremendous support from the countless South Africans who welcomed me into their homes every night on TV.
Van Dam joined the team in South Africa at the request of Patrick Conroy, Head of eNCA News. He was tasked with setting up the local weather division which now consists of meteorologists and climatologists who produce weather updates throughout the day.
Conray says, Derek has done the job we asked him to do. We are greatly indebted to him and we know South Africa will miss him too. He became one of us.
While Van Dam says the move will allow him to be closer to friends and family in the US, he is likely to make many return visits after proposing to his long-term South African girlfriend at the finish line of the Comrades Marathon.
Van Dam comments, I have mixed emotions about leaving the country of which I have grown to love. But as my mother always taught me, don't be sad that it's over, be happy that it happened. This is not a goodbye South Africa rather it is a see you later, and have a good one!
For the time being Candice McKechnie, eNCAs climatologist, will be the acting eNCA head of weather.
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