Alfred has finally gotten rid of his debt and penny-pinching lifestyle and can afford a brand-new house for his new family.
The new house isn’t a set – it’s located in Rembrandt Park, not far from Sasani Studios in Joburg, where Skeem Saam is filmed. “This is for convenience,” says the soap’s art director Vivienne Mahloko. “The biggest difference is that the Kunutu house was set in the township and this one is set in TenderPark, Turfloop which is a suburb.” “We needed a house that’s much bigger than the original Kunutu house, with a garden for exterior shots,” Vivienne explains. “We shoot on location every other week, for a couple of days. When we’re not filming, nobody lives here. It’s been hired and dressed specifically for the shoot, so when we’re not shooting there, the family’s new house is locked up.” Alfred and Ma’Kunutu are moving into their new home to raise a family together. The house was chosen specifically for what is says about the couple, reveals Vivienne. “It represents their growth and how far they’ve come as a couple. It’s also their son Bushang’s new home, whom both his parents will raise,” she says. “It shows that Alfred has taken Ma’Kunutu and the children as his own. He’s a full-on family man now.”