Coming up in the penultimate episode of #SurvivorSA

It’s the tense penultimate episode of M-Net’s Survivor South Africa: Champions this Sunday. The final four castaways on the island in the South China Sea have survived twenty-five days of little food, tough living conditions, emotional ups-and-downs, curveballs and fair-weather companions – all in the quest to become the Ultimate Survivor and the winner of a whopping R1 Million. But now their fate hinges on one very particular hurdle: the next Immunity Challenge.

As proven by the previous Tribal Council, the battle lines are clearly drawn between Sivu and Buhle on the one side and Graham and David on the other – and the outcome of the challenge should indicate which of the two pairs will be facing the jury at the show’s final, final Tribal Council on 18 May. Unless, of course, there’s another surprise awaiting viewers…

The all-important Immunity Challenge has been carefully designed to be the ultimate endurance test. Whose stamina, strength and mind power will clinch the precious Immunity Necklace?

While the jury will decide who the winner of this season will be, the voting public has until Wednesday 14 May at midnight to vote for their favourite captain. The Captains are competing for a R500 000 cash prize. By voting, viewers stand to win R10 000 each week, courtesy of WeChat, and a grand prize of a family holiday in Zanzibar, valued at R90 000, courtesy of Lasher Tools, African Encounters and Axis Marketing.

There are three ways to vote:
o  SMS ‘Mark’ or ‘Corne’ to 37177 with your mobile phone at a cost of R1.50 per SMS. T&C Apply.

o  Vote on WeChat. Add the ‘SurvivorSA’ WeChat ID and press the ‘vote’ button. Voting on WeChat is free. T&C Apply.

o  Vote via web & mobile at Voting online is free. T&C Apply.

Survivor South Africa: Champions is broadcast on M-Net on Sundays at 17:30, with a repeat on M-Net Series Zone on Saturdays at 13:00. Visit for exclusive content and follow the conversation on social media or @Survivor_SA.

Next on Survivor South Africa: Champions

The game is heating up and the backstabbing is becoming intense. I’ve enjoyed watching this season of Survivor South Africa. While players like Marian and Shane PISS me off to no end, they’re doing exactly what they have to to win that million Rand prize. David is just annoying and most of the others are okay. I really enjoy Zavian and Graham, but in the last couple of episodes, I feel like Graham is getting too caught up in Shane’s game and that might cost him big time. Let’s see what happens I guess. So what’s happening at 17:30 tonight? Check this little teaser out below: Continue reading “Next on Survivor South Africa: Champions”

On #SurvivorSA this week

Here’s what you can expect on Survivor South Africa: Champions this week:

Cricket legend Jonty Rhodes brings one tribe a special gift. It’s day ten for the two tribes that are playing the game of Survivor in the South China sea . Never in their lives have they been this hungry. To top it off the members of Mark Fish’s Utara lost Zan, their biggest provider at the previous tribal council. The tribes’ only hope to momentarily still the hunger pangs is a food reward from host Nico Panagio – and luckily that’s exactly what is up for grabs at the Reward Challenge. Unfortunately, only the winners will be able to enjoy the delicious hamburgers and chips at the end of the game. Then, instead of getting a clue about the Immunity Challenge, which will determine which tribe goes to tribal council, there’s a surprise treemail for the captains requiring a difficult decision. In the meantime, Selatan’s captain, Corne Krige, feels the pressure of the Hidden Immunity Idol that was given to him for safe-keeping by Shona last week. Corne can only use the idol in the interest of the whole tribe.

Inbetween all the action, cricket star Jonty Rhodes arrive on the island with a box of goodies and good vibes. What’s in the box and how will one of the tribes benefit from that?

“The season is just getting better and better, ” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “And once again, the social dynamics at camp will also get viewers talking this week. The Survivors are hungry, exhausted and desparate and we all know how emotions can see-saw under such circumstances.”

Survivor South Africa: Champions is broadcast on M-Net on Sundays at 17:30. For DStv Compact viewers, there’s a repeat on Saturdays on M-Net Series Zone at 13:00. For the latest updates on the show, join the official Survivor Facebook page – Survivor SA.

If you missed my interview with Zan from Survivor South Africa: Champions, watch it here.

Double the drama in Survivor South Africa Champions

Survivor SA Champions episode 5 - Zan voted out, 04The drama is heating up in Survivor South Africa Champions, and so is the conniving and the backstabbing. In last night’s episode not one, but two castaways were sent packing after tribal council. It all started when the Utara and Selatan tribes received their tree mail stating that there would be no challenge in this episode, but rather both tribes would go to tribal council and one from each would be going home. Port Elizabeth’s Zan read the news out to his tribe and shortly after that dropped the bombshell that he no longer wanted to be in the game and that they should vote him out as a result. He cited missing his family and friends and his girlfriend in particular for wanting to leave.

Let’s talk about this development for a second, before we move on shall we. Zan was one of the fittest, strongest contestants in the game. He was also one of the most talked about, and not in a good way. For one, last week he dropped what many considered to be racially intolerant comments towards Killarney. He also didn’t want to participate in the fishing antiques because of some beliefs, which I still don’t get. He wouldn’t share his hammock with his fellow castaways and in my opinion, his lip was often hanging on the ground. Last night he told his fellow Survivor castaways that he was hungry and the physical strain was impacting on him mentally too. I get that and it’s unfortunate, but to also say that you never came into the game to win the R1million prize is pretty silly if you ask me. Why subject yourself to no food, little sleep, conniving and backstabbing individuals who you don’t know if you didn’t want to win the grand prize?

Gosh, I could think of better things to do if I was trying to test myself. Marian is one of the castaways who is playing the game very well, but she must be careful because it could come back to bite her in the ass later… Her hiding Zan’s favourite shorts on the island was smart and it ticked him off to no end. It also made him react in a childish manner by taking the flint, which is used to start fires. He revealed this at tribal council and then decided (in a ‘noble’ manner) to give it to Buhle, who was targeted by several contestants to be voted out. In short, Zan got his wish and was voted out, but man oh man was this a very heated topic on social media. He lost a lot of cred with that decision.

Survivor SA Champions episode 5 - 09Hop across the island and you’ve got the ‘funny’ drama unfolding with David and Shona. Once the tribal council news was announced, Shona quickly jumped at the opportunity to get David out. She told them how he had the hidden immunity. While that all worked out initially and everyone was on board to vote David, her plan quickly backfired. Once it was decided that he was going, Shona took the opportunity to get the Idol and hide it somewhere. David caught wind of this and as soon as he realised it was gone, he marched back to the tribe and confronted Shona in front of the rest of the tribe…. AWKWARD! She scrambled, fumbled and ummed and aahed, but the damage was done. Shona was voted out and as she made her way towards Nico, with tears in her eyes, she said it wasn’t personal. Shem!

I’ll be interviewing both Zan and Shona a little later. If you have any questions, drop me a comment below or a tweet @JasonVonBerg.

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