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Buurtwag ("Neighbourhood Watch") can refer to a stage play (2011), a comic short film (2012), or to a TV series (2015).

Buurtwag - 'n Sepie by Chris Vorster (2011)

Also referred to simply as Buurtwag.

Original text

A comedy based on the TV soap format, about the prejudice driven squabbles that arise when two locals, an Afrikaner and a flirt, found a local neighbourhood made up of a mixed bag of South African, including an Englishman, a gay man, a teenager and a "coloured" home-owner.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2011: Produced by GZ Productions at by Aardklop festival, Potchefstroom, it opened on 4 October, directed by Chris Vorster, with Hannes Muller, Hannes Brümmer, Karen Wessels, Jody Abrahams and Christel van den Bergh.

Die Buurtwag the short film (2012)

The original text

Written by Beer Adriaanse, Die Buurtwag ("The Neighbourhood Watch") is a short film, a comedy about a new householder who joins an outlandish group, run by a militaristic self-proclaimed leader and consisting of a ramshackle bunch of guys trying to escape the boredom of their suburban lives.

The film

Produced by Beer Adriaanse and Jaco Smit, directed by Jaco Smit, with a large cast including Deon Lotz, Quentin Krog, Mothusi Magano, Albert Maritz, Johan Botha, Marko van der Colff, Leon Kruger, Joe Vaz, Joanie Combrink and Tinarie van Wyk Loots. The crew included Jorrie van der Walt (cinematography), Johan Beukes and Dwaine Carrao (film editing) and Tobie de Haas (gaffer).

Released at the Silwerskerm Filmfees on 3 September 2012.

Buurtwag the TV series (2015–2016)

The original text

Written Beer Adriaanse, based on his 2012 short film script, it is a comedy about a motley collection of individuals in a modern South African suburb coming together to form an a-typical neighborhood watch.

The series

Written and directed by Beer Adriaanse, with


CV Chris Vorster[[1]]

"Buurtwag" in Roekeloos 04/09/2011[2]



Beeld, 26 September 2011.

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