Scenes that the late entertainment icon Shaleen Surtie-Richards had recorded days before her unexpected death in June will be shown on TV this week on Arendsvlei. The telenovela recently celebrated its 500th episode and the late actress will feature in it for the next month.
South Africa was in shock following the news of Surtie-Richards’s death. The actress was in Cape Town for the filming of Arendsvlei episodes when she passed away.
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She had already made her first appearance on Arendsvlei in 2019 and returns for the last time on Thursday night, 26 August.
Surtie-Richards’s played the role of Muriel Foster, the overprotective mother of Lionel Foster (played by Jody Abrahams).
In the telenovela, Muriel – a retired nurse – visits home for a short while. She works at Nurses without Borders and only comes home every now and then.
This time around, Muriel comes home to help with the arrangements for her grandson’s wedding. Her grandson, Lee-Roy (played by Roberto Kyle) and Wesley Rossouw (played by Craig Adriaanse) got engaged earlier this year and announced this week that they would be getting married in four weeks’ time.
The news came quite suddenly and while the family processes it, Muriel shows up out of the blue, wanting to take over the wedding arrangements. The engaged couple then decide to host a competition in which the winning team will get to arrange the wedding.
Muriel and her son, Lionel, refer to each other as “Mammatjie” and “Baltjies” and they form a team for the competition. Ronel (played by Melanie du Bois) is Lee-Roy’s mother and she becomes the opposition in the competition.
Tarryn Josephs, publicity manager of Arendsvlei, says the actress shot with the team for almost two weeks and was her happy self on set. Her storyline was completed the Friday before her death.
You can watch Surtie-Richards’s final scenes (with English subtitles) on kykNET & kie’s (DStv channel 145) telenovela, Arendsvlei, at 7.30pm.