7de Laan

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Sewende Laan
7de Laan logo.jpg
Sewende Laan logo
Created by Danie Odendaal
Country of origin South Africa
No. of episodes 3470 (as of 23 February 2015)
Production
Running time 30 min (including commercial breaks)
Distributor SABC2
External links
Website

7de Laan is a South African Afrikaans soap opera with some English and Zulu dialogue in between. It features English subtitles. It started in 2000 and is broadcast evenings on SABC 2 from Monday to Friday at 18:27–19:00.

It is set in and around the fictional Sewende Laan ("Seventh Avenue") in the suburb of Hillside, Johannesburg where all the characters live or work. The street and shopfronts which are featured on the opening visuals, are that of Seventh Street in Melville, Johannesburg.

Sewende Laan was originally broadcast from Monday to Thursday, then later broadcast on Fridays as well, as a daily soap. Ratings are generally around the 2 million mark according to tvsa.co.za.

A milestone was reached on 9 May 2013 when episode number 3,000 was broadcast.

List of Characters[edit]

Current characters[edit]

  • Aggie Ngwenya (Mimi Mahlasela)
  • Altus de Bruyn (Heino Schmitt)
  • Bernard Jordaan (Werner Coetser)
  • Bonita Meintjies (Hildegardt Whites)
  • Charmaine Meintjies (Vinette Ebrahim)
  • Dewald (Kaz McFadden)
  • Diederik Greyling (Hennie Jacobs)
  • Errol Pieterse (Christo Davids)
  • Felicity Daniels (Melanie Du Bois)
  • Gita McGregor (Jo da Silva)
  • Herman Croucamp (Deon Coetzee)
  • Hilda van Zyl (Annelisa Weiland)
  • Kim Conradie (Corné Crous)
  • Lindile Hadebe (Musa Ngema)
  • Maria Zibula (Themsie Times)
  • Marko Greyling (Francois Lensley)
  • Matrone Netta Nortjè (Annelize van der Ryst-Hattingh)
  • Nadia Croucamp (Simoné Nortmann)
  • Neville Meintjies (Zane Meas)
  • Nthabiseng (Salamina Mosese)
  • Oubaas Septimus van Zyl (Pierre van Pletzen)
  • Paula van der Lecq (Diaan Lawrenson)
  • Pulane Masemola (Masego Sehoole)
  • Ryno Lategan (Chris Vorster)
  • Sifiso Ndlela (Anelisa Phewa)
  • Sonja Theunissen (Tessa Holloway)
  • Ty (Wilhelm van der Walt)
  • Vanessa Meintjies (Ingrid Paulus)
  • Vince Meintjies (Jacques Blignaut)
  • Willem Croucamp (Markus Haywood)
  • Xander Meintjies (Theodore Jantjies)

Guest actors[edit]

  • Baba Wian (Marko Karlovic)
  • Dali (Thabiso Mokethi)
  • Irma Theunissen (Adriana Faling)
  • Lynette Lindeque (Odelle de Wet)
  • Retief (Alwyn van der Merwe)
  • Petro (Carla van der Merwe)

Past characters (actors withdrawn from set)[edit]

  • Alan Fletcher (guest actor) (Duncan Lawson)
  • Alyce Morapedi (Vuyelwa Booi)
  • Annelie van Dyk (Donnalee Roberts)
  • Antoinette Heyneke (Zoe Ras)
  • Asha Sharma (Kajal Bagwandeen)
  • Ava Jordaan (Emily McLaren)
  • Bart Kruger (Neil Sandilands)
  • Brandt van der Bergh (Steve Hofmeyr)
  • Brionay (Verona Gosslet)
  • Carlos Perestrelo (Pedro Camara)
  • Cas van Graan (Andre Roothman)
  • Christelle Terreblanche (Anna-Mart van der Merwe)
  • Cindy (Christina Storm)
  • Clara (Angelique Gerber)
  • Connie van der Lecq (Quinne Brown)
  • Daleen Meintjies (Denise Newman)
  • Danelle (Andrea Streso)
  • Dawid Greef (Stian Bam)
  • Dezi Terreblanche (Elma Postma)
  • Dorothy Daniels (Shaleen Surtie-Richards)
  • Dr SP de Wet Malan (Gys de Villiers)
  • Dwayne (David Johnson)
  • Dylan (Charl Timotheus)
  • Elna Bredenkamp (Mandy Baard)
  • Elsa Winterbach (Isadora Verwey)
  • Esther, Matrone's sister (Late Trudie Taljaard)
  • "Flooze van Witbank" (Sorina Erasmus)
  • Francois Rossouw (Chris Van Niekerk)
  • George Kyriakis (Nico Panagio)
  • Hannes (Izak Taljaard)
  • Helena Moolman (Jana Strydom)
  • Henk (Francois Jacobs)
  • Inge van Schalkwyk (Antoinette Louw)
  • Isabelle Moolman (Illse Roos)
  • Jacomien van Niekerk (Susanne Beyers)
  • Jan-Hendrik Terreblanche (Waldemar Schultz)
  • Jason De Lange (Jaco Snyman)
  • Jerome (Terence Bridgett)
  • Jocelyn Pieterse (Keziah Jooste)
  • Johan (Reynard Slabbert)
  • Kabelo Padi (Sekoati Tsubane)
  • Karien Momberg (Christi Panagio)
  • Kosie van die slaghuis (Kosie)
  • Leon de Lange (Dawid Minnaar)
  • Liam (Dezi's skelmpie) (Chris Chameleon)
  • Liezl (Anel Alexander)
  • Linda Jordaan (Elsabé Daneel)
  • Lukas Mulder (Hendrik Cronje)
  • Madel Terreblanche (Wilna Snyman)
  • Mandla Khumalo (Freedom Hadebe)
  • Marcel van Niekerk (Zetske van Pletzen)
  • Monique van Huyssteen (Minette Grové)
  • Nadine (Mmapule Tsholo)
  • Neef Gert (Ben Kruger)
  • Nila (Gulashafa Sayed)
  • Nurse at the Hillside Clinic (Zelda Roelofse)
  • Ockert (Anrich Herbst)
  • Pierre (Brian Robson)
  • Pieter van Heerden (Ivan Botha)
  • Quentin [† 18 Okt 2012] (Danny Ross) Only the character died, not the actor
  • Retha (Marlise Erwee)
  • Riaan van Dyk (Luan Jacobs)
  • Rower 3 (Reginald Hufkie)
  • Rower 4 (Edmundt Fouche)
  • Sandra Theron-Stutterheim (Heléne Lombard)
  • Sanjay Ramdin (Strini Pillai)
  • San-Mari van Graan (Amalia Uys)
  • Sheldon (Denver Vraagom)
  • Steyn (Ivan Zimmerman)
  • Tante Dolores
  • Tannie Rademan (Late Miems De Bruyn)
  • Tannie Schoeman (Late Milla Louw)
  • Tessa Krige (Vicky Davis)
  • Tiaan Terreblanche (Frank Rautenbach)
  • Tim Jordaan (Marius Weyers)
  • Tokkie le Roux, Emma's father (Richard van der Westhuizen)
  • Trishan (Jai'prakash Sewran)
  • Tshepo (Sam Mbuyane)
  • Willem Rautenbach (Ray Randall)
  • Wilmien de Lange (Nina Swart)
  • Wynand (Marcel van Heerden)
  • Zinzi Kheswa (Caroline Jacobs)

Past guest actors[edit]

  • Alex (Donovan Honeyborne)
  • Allen (Duncan Lawson)
  • Andries (Ian Rossouw)
  • Antoinette Heyneke (Zoe Ras)
  • Arnold Langley (Simon Bruinders)
  • Baba Karmen (Razeen Isaacs)
  • Baba Samantha (Mia van Wyk)
  • Bekker (Shaun Barnard)
  • Benji (Rowan Cloete)
  • Belinda (Maritsa)
  • Bertus (Jean-Chris Posthumus)
  • Bets (Gigi Strydom)
  • Daleen Meintjies (Denise Newman)
  • David Abrahams (Abduraghmaan Adams)
  • Dali (Thabiso Mokethi)
  • Dr Moolman (Anriette van Rooyen)
  • Dumisani (Sandile Makhoba)
  • Dwelmsmous (Gert Steyn)
  • Eben (Jacques Bessenger)
  • Ettiene (David Louw)
  • Fekile (Benni Langa)
  • Freda (Corlia Troskie)
  • Irma Theunissen (Adriana Faling)
  • Jackson (Marcus Mabusela)
  • Janet (Ingeborg Riedmaier)
  • Joshi (Zane Gillion)
  • Jurie (Herman Vorster)
  • Karmen (Erin le Roux)
  • Koot (Francois Stemmet)
  • Kristin de Swardt (Loriska Bubb)
  • Lana (Natalie van der Walt)
  • Larry Saayman (Sean Brebnor)
  • Leonie (Marinhta Labuschagne)
  • Lilian Bala (Vicky Kente)
  • Loyiso (Mike Mvelase)
  • Luke (Jonathan Pienaar)
  • Lynn-Mari (Vanessa Smith)
  • Michelle (Michelle Victor)
  • Monique (Lizca Kruger)
  • Nadine (Mmapule Tsholo)
  • Nurse (Zelda Roelofse)
  • Rick (Darren Kelfkens)
  • Rochelle (Lindy Joubert)
  • Retief (Alwyn van der Merwe)
  • Snakes (Carlo Radebe)
  • Tak (Graeme Krige)
  • Tinus le Roux [todler] (Juandré van Zyl)
  • Tom (Craig Hawks)
  • Vanessa's GP (Natasha du Plooy)
  • Wessel Buys (André Schwartz)

Shops, businesses and residences[edit]

7de Laan is set in Hillside which is a fictional suburb in Johannesburg. Within the suburb, there are many businesses and shops where the characters work, live and hang around in. These are the current locations that are used:

  • Hillside Heights

The Hillside Heights is the centre of Hillside. It is an old residential building that has small apartments where most of the characters live. The Hillside Heights building is owned by Gita McGregor and Oubaas van Zyl is the keeper of the building. Many a spookstorie made its appearance in the building's alleys, and so often somebody gets locked-up in the store room by accident.

  • Oppiekoffie

Charmaine Meintjies owns and runs Oppikoffie alongside with her waiters. Oppikoffie is a coffee shop located on the ground floor of the Heights and directly opposite Eclectic E. Charmaine and the waiters are not coping under the busy workload at present and they soon will have to hire another waiter. Many of the young characters worked there as waiters in the past: Annelie, Bernard, Clara, Connie, Diederik, Kabelo, Kim, Lucas, Monique, Pieter, Tessa and Zinzi.

  • Eclectic E (Up-Market Boutique)

Eclectic E is the local boutique located opposite Oppikoffie. It is owned and ran by Felicity Daniels (who is a famed and successful fashion designer with her own designer clothing label called "Felicity Fashions") and her husband, Herman, who is also the owner of T&T, as general manager. Pulane currently works there as an assistant. Past assistants were Irma, Annelie, Clara, Monique and Tessa. It is a popular meeting place for many of the female characters.

  • The Hillside Deli

The Deli is owned and managed by Vince Meintjies (one of Neville Meintjies' sons), with Hilda de Kock as the assistant chef. Jerome, Bart, Vanessa, Matrone, Lukas and Pieter used to work here at different times.

  • The Hillside Bookshop

The bookshop is owned by Ryno Lategan with the assistance of Matrone Netta Nortjè (who is also the matron of the Hillside Old Home). The bookshop has featured many real life book-releases on the show with the author guest-starring in the particular episode to sign autographs and to answer questions.

  • Hillside Travel

Hillside Travel is a travel agency owned and run by Gita McGregor. Zinzi Kheswa, Asha and Antoinette used to work there as PA's. Ty (Gita McGregor's nephew) is currently Gita's assistant.

  • Hillside Times

Hillside Times, the local community newspaper is owned by Neville Meintjies and Nthabiseng, who bought her shares from Lilian Bala. Ryno Lategan served as editor-in-chief in Neville's absence when he was thought dead. Neville's journalists are Nthabiseng, Bernard Jordaan and Errol Pieterse, Aggie Ngwena as their PA and Paula van der Lecq as a part-time online journalist.

The staff of the newspaper had started a new sister publication "The Balmoral Gazette" in a neighboring suburb, but Neville had to sell this paper off to recoup his losses due to the Hillside Times reporting a bogus tip-off which led to legal action taken against them.

  • Bruynwaves

Bruynwaves is an events organising company which is owned by Altus de Bruyn (hence "Bruyn"-waves). Vanessa Meintjies, Diederik and Sifiso are Altus's co-organisers.

  • Theron & Terreblanche (T&T)

T&T is the local sporting equipment shop, owned by Herman Croukamp. The Hillside Gym is located on the first floor of the building and is run by Lindile (he also gives personal training classes there) and Kim. Previously, Tiaan, Kabelo, San Mari, Lukas and Willem worked in T&T as shop assistants. After San-Mari left, Lindile Hadebe was the only employee left at T&T until Kim was hired.

  • O'Malley's

O'Malley's is the pub where the young crowd like to hang out. Former bartenders included Lucas, Pieter and Bernard.

  • Stasie Ses

The new after-work recreation and relaxation venue in Hillside. Owned and run by Marko Greyling.

  • Ryno's House

This is a real, old time mansion, previously owned by author Ryno Lategan, but now by the Croukamps. It turns out to be a popular venue for house parties, fashion shows, book launches as well as wedding receptions. A fictional character (never seen on screen) is Evelina, the residence's cook and famous for her dish Evelina se niertjies. She started working there when it was still Madel's house in early episodes.

  • Hillside Clinic

Whenever there is a medical emergency, this scene comes into play. "Patients" are kept in bed for a short while, visited by the other characters, and then discharged home.

Other places (seldom seen on screen):

  1. Restaurant "Le Petit Paris"
  2. The Cherry On Top (Restaurant)
  3. Mostly Matise (Restaurant)
  4. Laura Lee Beauty Salon
  5. Felicity Fashions' factory
  6. Die slaghuis (butchery)
  7. Die apteek (pharmacy)
  8. Police station and magistrate's court
  9. The Church (mostly for weddings)

Anniversary[edit]

In April 2010, Sewende Laan celebrated ten years on television. During this month, viewers got to see pictures of the show through its ten years during the end credits of each episode.

External links[edit]