Here are a few pictures from the #SurvivorSA finale, which took place a little earlier.
During the live production it was Capetonian Graham Jenneker who walked away with a whopping R1million. Terrible hey? A worthy and deserving winner indeed!
PRESS RELEASE: Survivor South Africa: Champions
Graham Is The Ultimate Survivor
Captain Corne Krige Scoops Viewer Vote
Graham Jenneker (29) from Bellville, Cape Town, was named as the Ultimate Survivor during the live finale of M-Net’s Survivor South Africa: Champions tonight (18 May). The Financial Manager picked up the majority of votes from the Juara Jury – and the R1 Million prize – after surviving 27 days of tough challenges, calamitous blindsides and harsh conditions on a remote island in the South China Sea.
In a Survivor first, sporting legends Corne Krige and Mark Fish led the Selatan and Utara tribes, with a viewer vote choosing the winning Captain. Survivor SA viewers chose Corne as the winner, handing him a prize of over R500 000.
Graham told the Jury that he had played the game as a champion should – and the way a winner would. He said he had made an impact from Day 1, telling them that if he were sitting in their places, he’d look at how the Final 3 had played the game. “A champion isn’t someone who rides on coat tails, they fight on the front line, make an impact, change the game and forge their path – and that’s how I believe I played the game,” he said.
His overall game and powerful final speech were enough to win him 5 votes from the Jury and Captains, with Buhle picking up 3 and Sivu, 2. With the Jury given the chance to quiz the Final 3, Moyra had asked Graham outright what she should do, while Solly told him he’d “messed up” 25 days of immaculate play by not going against his word and voting Sivu out at the previous Tribal Council. David asked him what his most depressing moment in the game had been, to which he replied: “Right now”. He challenged the perception that his fellow Final 3 contestants were strong competitors. “There’s a lot of talk about these two being strong players. Buhle said she made a big move – I’d correct and say she only attempted it. Sivu had a big blindside, but he was lucky to find the Idol. Could they have engineered a move?” When Altaaf asked him if he’d have played the game any differently if no money was at stake, he responded that the promise of a better life had driven him on and that providing for the future played a big role in his decision-making. Zavion quizzed him along similar lines, asking how the R1 Million prize would change his life. “I guess its no surprise I want to get married and start a family. A Million Rand wouldn’t just promise a wedding, but also provide for my future family. If I can provide the best for them, that means the world,” he said.
The two Captains also weighed in with their thoughts on the Final 3’s game play. Mark revealed that he’d had his mind made up about who he wanted to vote for when he walked into Tribal Council, but had changed his mind because of “little things that have happened”. Corne said that he’d be basing his vote on the person he believed most deserved the title of Ultimate Survivor. “I’ll vote for the person I’ve seen give everything in every challenge, be an absolute sportsman, and play the game as it should be played – ruthlessly”.
The winner of the R90 000 family holiday in Zanzibar at Diamonds La Gemma Dell’est, courtesy of Lasher Tools, African Encounters and Axis Marketing, with flights supplied by fastjet is Diederik Venter.
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 www.mnet.co.za/survivorsa. 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 www.mnet.co.za/survivorsa for exclusive content and follow the conversation on social media www.facebook.com/survivorsa or @Survivor_SA.
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.