7de Laan

7de Laan

7de Laan is the brainchild of Danie Odendaal, who came upon the idea for this popular soapie nearly twenty years ago, when he was living in Melville.

Every morning over coffee and breakfast in his favourite coffee shop, he watched people come and go and started creating his own imaginary suburb with a variety of characters: a stingy businessman who loves to gossip, the manager of his coffee shop who is a beloved mother figure, the cute and lively waitresses, an eccentric old man who talks in riddles, and of course a villainous character or two for good measure.

The stories pivot around the Terreblanches, a wealthy family dominated by the tenants of a block of flats above the intimate coffee shop – a favourite meeting place for just about everyone in the neighbourhood.


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