Arendsvlei (lit.'Eagle Valley') is a South African soap opera. Featuring an almost all-Coloured cast, it premiered on 1 October 2018 as kykNET & Kie's first telenovela. It was originally intended to be a limited series spanning one year, its first season picking up two SAFTAs. Due to popular demand, Arendsvlei was renewed for a second season in August 2019 and a third in August 2020.[1]

Created byTheltom Masimila
Directed byDenny Y. Miller
ComposerMurray C. Anderson
Country of originSouth Africa
Original languageAfrikaans
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes640(21 April 2022)
Production companyPenguin Films
Original networkkykNET & Kie
Original release1 October 2018 (2018-10-01) –

The series hit 500 episodes in August 2021.[2]


The series centres on a prestigious school, its administration, and the families associated with it in a fictional community of the Cape Flats called Arendsvlei.[3]



  • Jolene Martin as Beatrice Abrahams, Arendsvlei High vice-principal
  • Oscar Petersen as David Abrahams, Arendsvlei High principal
  • Maria Valente de Almeida as Samantha Abrahams, Beatrice and David's daughter and school captain
  • Sherman Pharo as Thys Cupido, Beatrice's brother and co-founder of Arendsvlei High
  • Crystal-Donna Roberts as Janice Cupido, Thys' wife
  • Celeste Matthews as Aunty Gertie Cupido, matriarch of the Cupidos
  • Ann Juries-May as Claudia Cupido, Thys and Janice's daughter
  • Rehane Abrahams as Wendy Newman, the Cupidos' adversary who runs the WendyHouse restaurant
  • Kay Smith as Debra Newman, Wendy's daughter
  • Melanie du Bois as Ronel Foster, Beatrice's friend and an aspiring actress
  • Roberto Kyle as Lee-Roy Foster, Ronel's son who transfers to Arendsvlei High to escape bullying
  • Jody Abrahams as Lionel Foster, Lee-Roy's negligent father with ulterior motives for moving to Arendsvlei


  • Ernest St Clair as Christopher February, teacher at Arendsvlei High
  • Dillon Windvogel as Vernon Booysen, an ambitious student who gets in an accident
  • Christian Bennett as Emile February, a gardener who helps out at WendyHouse
  • Craig Adriaanse as Wesley Roussow, a student with a troubled past[4]
  • Gerwen Simon as Valdonia Lee Matthews
  • Menicia Sass as Chantel Williams
  • Gretchen Ramsden as Nicolene
  • Joseph Mitchell as Uncle Johnny
  • Ceagan Arendse as Woelag (seasons 1–2)
  • Elton Landrew as Steve Mortlock (seasons 1–2), Janice's brother
  • Danny Ross as Nathan Koopman (seasons 2–3)
  • Maurice Carpede as Ridwaan "Waanie" Matthews (season 2), Chantel's father
  • Shaleen Surtie-Richards as Muriel Foster (seasons 2–4), Lionel's mother[a]
  • Zenobia Kloppers as Aunty Emily (season 2)
  • Quanita Adams as Mother Laetitia (seasons 2–3)
  • Jarrid Geduld as Gavin "Bombie" Galant (seasons 2–3)
  • Cantona James as Daniel Lafras (season 2)
  • Antoinette Louw as Advocate Rina Botha (seasons 2–3)
  • Ilse Klink as Dorothy Galant (season 3), matriarch of the Galants
  • Chelsea Thomas as Angelique Galant (season 3), Dorothy's daughter
  • Nancia Dorland as Candice Burger (season 3), Angelique's friend
  • Carmen Maarman as Natalie Burger (season 3), Candice's stepmother
  • Chad Baai as Kaleb Jakobs (season 3)
  • Brendon Daniels as Constable Krige (season 3), detective and Lionel's friend
  • Inge Isaacs as Emmie Langeveld (season 3), new student at Arendsvlei
  • Clayton Evertson as Jake Sylvester (season 3)[6]


Arendsvlei is based on a concept Theltom Masimila brainstormed and originally penned as a short story. He serves as its head writer and co-producer. Masimila makes a point of the Afrikaans dialect used in the series being "authentically Cape-based".[7] Also in the writers' room are Wilmien Rossouw, the head storyliner, as well as Ilse Oppelt, Margaret Goldsmid, Henry Cloete, Quanita Adams, Johann Davis and Retief Scholtz. The series is directed by Denny Y. Miller and produced by Penguin Films. Roberta Durrant was the creative director for season 2.

It is filmed at Atlantic Studios in Milnerton.[8][9]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2020 South African Film and Television Awards Best Telenovela Arendsvlei Nominated [10]
Best Director – Telenovela Denny Y. Miller Nominated
Best Art Direction – Telenovela Beatrice van Zyl Won
Best Actor – Telenovela Roberto Kyle Won
Best Actress – Telenovela Crystal-Donna Roberts Nominated
Royalty Soapie Awards Outstanding Editing Team Arendsvlei Nominated [11]
Outstanding Lighting Arendsvlei Nominated
Outstanding Writing Arendsvlei Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor Jody Abrahams Nominated
Outstanding Couple Roberto Kyle and Craig Adriaanse Nominated
Outstanding Newcomer Cantona James Nominated
2021 South African Film and Television Awards Best Actress – Telenovela Crystal-Donna Roberts Nominated [12]
Best Supporting Actress – Telenovela Quanita Adams Nominated
Royalty Soapie Awards Outstanding Directing Team Arendsvlei Nominated [13]
Outstanding Lighting Direction Arendsvlei Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography Arendsvlei Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing & Editing Arendsvlei Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress Quanita Adams Nominated
Outstanding Onscreen Couple Clayton Evertson and Jolene Martin Nominated
Outstanding Newcomer Chad Baai Nominated
Outstanding Female Villain Ilse Klink Nominated


  1. ^ Her final episodes aired posthumously.[5]


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  2. ^ Roux, Erene (19 August 2021). "A Milestone: 'Arendsvlei' celebrates 500 episodes". The South African. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  3. ^ Ferreira, Thinus (1 October 2018). "kykNET's Cape Flats telenovela Arendsvlei filled with drama". Channel24. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  4. ^ Mueni, Priscillah (9 December 2019). "Arendsvlei cast: A-Z exhaustive list with images". Briefly. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  5. ^ Engelbrecht, Renate (26 August 2021). "WATCH: Shaleen Surtie-Richards in her final 'Arendsvlei' scenes". The Citizen. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  6. ^ Ceves, James (24 September 2020). "Alert! Exciting details about Arendsvlei cast for Season 3". Briefly. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  7. ^ "5 reasons Arensvlei is an exceptional South African telenovela". DStv. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  8. ^ Marshall, Rhodé (3 February 2020). "Love and sorrow in Arendsvlei". City Press. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Exciting new telenovela being shot at Atlantic Studios". Atlantic Studios Cape Town. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  10. ^ "All the SAFTAs14 winners". Screen Africa. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  11. ^ Kekana, Chrizelda (27 August 2020). "SA actors excited about Royal Soapie Awards — here's the full list". Times Live. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Awards Wrap: All the SAFTA nominees, ViacomCBS scoops 11 nominations, winners of the 6th pan-African (re)insurance journalism awards". The Media Online. 4 May 2021. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  13. ^ Seleme, Rae (20 September 2021). "LOOK: All the winners from the 2021 Royalty Soapie Awards". The South African. Retrieved 12 October 2021.

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