7de Laan

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 15 AUGUST -

Weekdays SABC2 (*192) 18:00 Soapie

Hill­side has a new face in Fikani, but ac­tor Ni­co­las Nkuna is no stranger to SABC screens. The 28-year-old is best known as me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Sakhile on Skeem Saam (2011-cur­rent), but he felt that he was look­ing for “a new chal­lenge” af­ter leav­ing the SABC1 soap. “For now, my fo­cus is on 7de Laan but I wouldn’t rule out a re­turn to Skeem Saam again,” says Ni­co­las. So what do you need to know about the ac­tor and his new role?

Who is your char­ac­ter and what is he do­ing in Hill­side? Fikani is a qual­i­fied doc­tor but he hasn’t prac­tised for a cou­ple of years – he quit af­ter los­ing a pa­tient a cou­ple of years ago. He got into sport nu­tri­tion and loves the out­doors… which ex­plains why he’s good friends with Marko (Fran­cois Lens­ley). Fikani is con­sid­er­ing buy­ing the T&T Sport shop from Willem (Markus Hay­wood) and set­tling down in Hill­side. Will we still be see­ing you in Skeem Saam? No, we’ve gone our sep­a­rate ways – for now. That doesn’t mean that I’d rule out a re­turn. I had a great time there and would love to visit in the fu­ture. Will you be chat­ting away in Afrikaans on 7de Laan? [Laughs] I do un­der­stand Afrikaans but for now I don’t have any Afrikaans di­a­logue. I hope that I’ll get to learn more Afrikaans from my cast­mates – who knows, maybe Fikani will be speak­ing a cou­ple of “gevleuelde wo­orde” [posh words]. We hear that you’re not shy be­hind a mic… [Laughs] I’m a solo singer now but I had my own gospel group from 2005 un­til last year called Rhythm. When I’m not on set, I’m busy record­ing my first Afropop-soul al­bum that I’m hop­ing to re­lease later this month. NB! See more on p26.

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