Four years of diversity, community and Afrikaaps

The fictional Cape Town suburb of Ruiterbosch has been on our screens for the past four years while tackling social issues both controversial and sensational. 

We bet the terrifying Southeaster wind has blown you straight into the antics of local Afrikaans weekday soapie of Suidooster on kykNET and kykNET&Kie. The series, named in honour of the Cape’s famed Southeaster wind (which often has everyone and their auntie grabbing their hats and skirts as it pummels the Cape communities), just celebrated its fourth birthday on 16 November 2019 – and it continues to grow from strength to strength, telling the stories of the community and its diverse residents of the fictional Cape Town suburb, Ruiterbosch.

Various families including a Muslim family, AB, Mymoena and Rhafiek Samsodien (Cedwyn Joel, Jill Levenberg and Irshaad Ally), all live, interact and work in Ruiterbosch. Within the Suidooster Sentrum - a local shopping centre - the Samsodien’s own the local pharmacy, while the coffee shop and restaurant, Oos Wes is where many of the characters hang out to discuss their daily dramas, challenges and, of course, to gossip. The centre is owned by Bridgette October (Denise Newman) while several of the characters work at her and her husband, Ian’s (Abduraghmaan Adams) architect firm from which they also manage several other properties.

What makes Suidooster so unique is that it’s filmed in Milnerton in Cape Town, and is also written by writers who live and come from the diverse communities from the City – with characters who are portrayed by actors who’ve lived around the Mother City for years. While on-screen inclusion and diversity is what makes Ruiterbosch work, behind the scenes the same applies. The soapie is produced by Gambit Films, an award-winning production company run by CEO and executive producer, Bradley Joshua.

Watch as one of the soapie’s young actors, Dean John Smith, who plays Wade Daniels answers some of the viewers’ burning questions.

Suidooster’s characters are as iconic as the city’s famed Table Mountain. Many are veterans in the local TV scene and include: Portia Joel, Maurice Page and former 7de Laan actress, Annelisa Weiland – who has recently joined the show. The soapie also tackles controversial social issues such as adultery, abortion and rape and continues to break the barriers when it comes to TV. And Suidooster is anything but fictional as many of the subjects are what’s plaguing communities around the country.

Then Afrikaans… or rather Afrikaaps! While some of the characters speak the so-called suiwer Afrikaans, most of the characters use references and colloquialisms that are uniquely and endearingly “Cape Town Afrikaans”. They speak in the way that Afrikaans is spoken and understood by millions of Afrikaans speakers.

And if that’s not enough to get you watching, the delectable dishes made in the show are also available in the cookbook called Suidooster Kombuis – with Cape Malay curries, breyani, samosas and more.

Author Errieda du Toit recently discussed Suidooster Kombuis on Kwêla Boekminuut, watch the interview here.

Watch Suidooster on weekdays on kykNET (144) and kykNET&Kie (145) at 18:30
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