The stars of 7de Laan were nearly trampled by excited Cape fans over the weekend.
The cast of the popular SABC 2 soapie visited several malls on their 18th Birthday Roadshow tour.
Thousands of people flocked to the Pick n Pay Hypermarket in Brackenfell, N1 City Mall in Goodwood, Cape Gate Mall in Kraaifontein and Zevenwacht Mall in Kuils River to meet and greet their favourite 7de Laan actors.
Voor in die koor was 7de Laan royalty Charmaine Meintjies (Vinette Ebrahim), Aggie (Nobuhle Mahlasela), Chris (David Rees), along with “die jonger span” Fikani (Nicholas Nkuna), Alexa (Carina Nel), Lesedi (KB Motsilanyane), Justin (Dann-Jacques Mouton) and Rikus (André Lotter).
A highlight of their stop in Brackenfell was when one of 7de Laan’s very first babies also put in an appearance.
The “baby” was Kaylem Abrahams, 13, who played Charmaine’s two-week-old “aanneem” grandson.
The baby’s father Aubrey was in love with Charmaine’s daughter Vanessa, but had made Felicity, who was like a sister to Vanessa, pregnant.
Aubrey was played by Bishop Lavis actor Randall de Jager, who in 2001 was shot and killed after an armed robbery at a home in RiverClub, Sandton.
On Saturday, fans also joined in the fun on stage with the actors.
Four people were randomly chosen by MC Dann Jacques to dance with the stars and the crowd had to choose the winner, who received a lekker koek and 7de Laan merchandise.
Although he didn’t win, Jonny Koopman said it was a dream come true meeting the stars.
“I was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Charmaine and Justine and I couldn’t believe it,” Johnny says.
Learners from the Shiloh Centre in Durbanville sang a special birthday song to the soap stars, and the assistant manager at the Pick n Pay Hyper, Dale Gordon, says they hope they made 7de Laan’s birthday a good one.
“We decided to give the cast a cake, donated by Food Lover’s Market, we set up balloons, flowers and made it a grand affair. We just wanted to say thank you for all the years of television excellence,” Gordon says.
But there was chaos when the stars wanted to leave and excited children mauled to get an autograph.
Extra security was called and cast members had to be escorted out to their cars.
“We had to call in extra security as people in the crowd were pushing and shoving and everyone wanted to touch the actors,” Gordon added.