Renate Engelbrecht
Content producer
3 minute read
14 Jul 2021
7:30 pm

7de Laan: Alexa and Fikani get married!

Renate Engelbrecht

7de Laan’s latest wedding has viewers commenting on interracial relationships and reminiscing about previous Hillside marriages.

7de Laan's Fikani and Alexa during their traditional wedding. Picture: Supplied

7de Laan viewers across South Africa have been escaping reality to view the latest wedding – a welcome change of scenery amid countrywide unrest and the ongoing frustration of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alexa (Carina Nel) and Fikani (Nicholas Nkuna) got hitched with a traditional wedding on SABC2 on 12 July and tonight their Western wedding wowed viewers across the country.

Alexa and Fikani

The two medical doctors from the Hillside Clinic found each other at last! Even though they have always been good friends, Fikani started to develop feelings for his colleague, Alexa.

Still, he was afraid she might not feel the same and it was only after Matrone (Annelize van der Ryst) played matchmaker by telling Fikani to pretend he was with someone else, that Alexa’s jealousy made her come around. Their passionate television kiss had viewers responding to their interracial intimacy in an instant – some detesting it, others praising it.

In fact, the kiss caused so much uproar that the actors even conducted interviews about racial slurs and intolerances with the UK’s BBC.

Carina Nel in her role as Alexa on 7de Laan
Carina Nel in her role as Alexa on Alexa and Fikani’s wedding day. Picture: Supplied

With Alexa being Afrikaans and Fikani being Tsonga, this also merited a traditional and Western wedding. The wedding included a special performance by Afrikaans singer Leah, while Fikani even performed a love song. In addition to his role as Fikani, Nicholas Nkuna is also a singer-songwriter and he composed and recorded the song.

Some scenes from the wedding were filmed on a plot in Cradlestone and all outfits were designed and produced by 7de Laan’s internal team.

7de Laan’s latest wedding also had viewers reminisce about previous weddings in Hilllside.

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Olivia and Diederik

Played by Nadia Herbst and Hennie Jacobs, this small and intimate wedding came after Diederik proposed on New Year’s Eve. They initially got married at Home Affairs on 10 January 2019, but their friends threw them an Alice in Wonderland themed surprise wedding.

7de Laan's Diederik and Olivia
Diederik and Olivia’s 7de Laan wedding. Picture: Supplied

Vince and Aggie

Vince (Jacques Blignaut) and Aggie (Mimi Mahlasela) had grown closer when Vince lost his deli and Aggie assisted him with new business ideas. Soon, romance bloomed and wedding plans were in full swing.

With Vince being of coloured heritage and Aggie being Zulu, they also had a traditional and Western wedding like Alexa and Fikani. Vince and Aggie went all out and their wedding, which was aired on Valentine’s Day in 2020, was a double bill (6pm to 7pm).

Both Aggie’s dresses were designed by well-known designer Gert-Johan Coetzee and Vince was dressed by 7de Laan’s internal wardrobe team. Jesse Clegg also performed at the wedding.

Esti and Rickus

Played by Reandi Grey and André Lötter, Esti and Rickus’ relationship came about after Esti’s son, Thomas (Vian Singleton), ran Rickus over while driving without a licence. Thomas was sent to a rehabilitation school and while the paralyzed Rickus was recovering, Esti kept checking up on him.

Esti and Rickus’ relationship evolved and they eventually fell in love. Rickus proposed to Esti in September 2020 and they were married in October. It was a small ceremony with a performance by Demi Lee Moore.

7de Laan Rickus and Esti
Rickus and Esti’s 7de Laan wedding. Picture: Supplied