Cape Doc­tor blows into town

New Afrikaans soapie ‘Suidooster’ gives a fresh breath of life to the flavours of the Cape Flats

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODTV - WENDYL MARTIN

WHAT stands the new Cape Town- based soapie Suidooster in good stead is the cast of prom­i­nent lo­cal ac­tors in­clud­ing Denise New­man, Ab­duragh­maan Adams and Ced­wyn Joel, along with some at­trac­tive new­com­ers.

The se­ries pre­mieres on Mon­day on kykNET and kykNET & kie at 6pm, with a re­peat broad­cast on the lat­ter at 8pm, and will air three nights a week from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day.

The show, pro­duced by Gam­bit Films, was shot in a stu­dio near the city.

Gam­bit pre­vi­ously made the short film Nom­mer 37, star­ring Ir­shaad Ally who also stars in this new pro­duc­tion.

Suidooster is set in the fic­ti­tious sub­urb of Ruiter­bosch and cen­tres around the cus­tomers and staff of a shop­ping cen­tre named Suidooster.

There are three fam­i­lies: the wealthy Oc­to­bers, the Sam­so­di­ens who own the mall’s phar­macy and the Du Plooys.

This week, The Good Week­end vis­ited the set and met New­man and Ally.

Ally is prob­a­bly best known for play­ing the gang­ster Gas­ant in the pop­u­lar film Four Cor­ners.

His Suidooster char­ac­ter, Rhafiek Sam­so­dien, is a stark con­trast: an up­stand­ing cit­i­zen who loves his par­ents and is an ob­ser­vant Mus­lim.

Since Four Cor­ners, changed for Ally.

“It’s been crazy. Peo­ple come up to me and think I am a gang­ster, I was never left alone… Rhafiek is Mus­lim, he’s a char­ac­ter in a pos­i­tive light. He wears a suit, he does the right thing, he has a moral com­pass but there is a lot of drama com­ing. I am a Mus­lim boy, I know what Tra­makasee is ( col­lo­quial Cape Town speak for “Thank you”). This is some­thing close to home,” he says.

This is some­thing that Ally is par­tic­u­larly happy about, the Cape Afrikaans flavour of the script.

“I thank kykNET for do­ing this the way we speak Afrikaans. It’s all about con­text: like say­ing ‘ shukran’ for ‘thank you’.”

Ally takes us fur­ther into his char­ac­ter: “Rhafiek is 26 years old and has a twin in Lon­don. His dad is a phar­ma­cist, his mum makes and fries samoosas.

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“It’s very Cape Flats. He has a strong re­la­tion­ship with his mum and dad. Hard work comes first and the last thing he wants to do is up­set his dad.” He hints that a love tri­an­gle is on the way.

Ally is set­tling into soapie work, a fast-paced shoot­ing regimine.

“It’s quite a thing. You have to know all your lines now! It’s boom, boom, baa all the time. We work 12hour days but it’s a good process.”

The elo­quent New­man plays Brid­gette, a rich, schem­ing house­wife. She’s mar­ried to property mag­nate Ian Oc­to­ber.

New­man has been in and out of 7de Laan for a few years and is happy to be shoot­ing in Cape Town.

“The show is driven by many cul­tures: you see Mus­lims, you see high class folks. It’s the telling of our sto­ries,” she says.

De­scrib­ing Brid­gette, she says, “She has the per­fect home: a boy and a girl. She ticks all the boxes. Yet it’s not a happy home. There is con­flict… Her hus­band is ruth­less.”

The Afrikaans her char­ac­ter speaks is more “sui­wer” than some of the other char­ac­ters, adding to the posh feel of the char­ac­ter.

“Maybe peo­ple will recog­nise them­selves. This is a hu­man in­ter­est story. We are hop­ing it shows the flavours of Cape Town. We haven’t pit­ted our­selves against any­one.

“It will be great if peo­ple are watch­ing.”


SQUEAKY CLEAN: Ir­shaad Ally plays Rhafiek Sam­so­dien in kykNET’s new Cape Town soapie,


THIN VE­NEER: Denise New­man as Brid­gette Oc­to­ber on the set of

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