My Life in Africa

Days Of Our Lives in South Africa


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“Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives………………………”Cue music! Days of our Lives is a daytime soap opera broadcast on the NBC television network. This past week, three of the stars from the NBC hit soapie flew to South Africa for a two-city tour.

It’s one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every weekday in the United States since November 8, 1965.

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Galen Gering (Rafe), Drake Hogestyn (John) and  Arianne Zucker (Nicole) enjoyed the gorgeous welcome that was waiting for them here and toured the country promoting the show and really just celebrating a show which has been running on our screens for so long and which has a huge fan base here. Here are some other faces you may recognize from the hit-soapie:

I was invited to an exclusive cocktail evening where SABC 3 hosted the cast members at The Expresso Penthouse here in Cape Town, to celebrate the soapie that has for many years graced the small screen in South Africa. SABC truly outdid themselves; the décor was stunning and the food was even better. I couldn’t have asked for a better location for the evening, a stunning penthouse on a beautiful summer’s evening overlooking the city with views of the ocean and the dazzling ocean liner lights. Magical. There was a fabulous arrangement of champagne glasses upon arrival and guests were given a glass of Pierre Jourdain or a cosmo! Well what can I say, I kept going back for more.

with Drake Hogestyn a.k.a. John Black
with Arianne Zucker a.k.a. Nicole Walker
with Galen Gering a.k.a. Rafael “Rafe” Hernandez
with Galen Gering, Jo-ann Strauss and Janez Vermeiren
with Clayton Morar
with Clayton Morar
with Leigh-Anne Williams
with Risuna Mayimele

When speeches came around, MC Janez welcomed them officially and gave them each the mic to say a few words.

I was struck by the humility of all of them, especially of Drake Hogestyn a.k.a. John Black. He is just so fun-loving, light-hearted and down-to-earth which was wonderful to see.

During his speech he said that the welcome they’ve received here in South Africa has been overwhelming and that they are very grateful. He mentioned how when they go back to work today (Monday), they will be surrounded by the lights and the studios of NBC and they’ll just look at each other and smile. To him, they share a secret; the secret of South Africa and their fantastic trip here. He said that it’s been a magical and unforgettable experience that they’ll never forget. To me personally, I think it’s crazy how with one plane ride they’ll be transported to another world. It must be weird for them to come somewhere so far away and receive such a huge welcome, have such a fabulous time and then have to travel back to their reality, remembering all their fans here and the lifestyle that is “South Africa”. Thank you SABC for a superb evening, I enjoyed every second! You can follow SABC on Facebook HERE. And you can find them on Twitter HERE.

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