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Double tribal council drama on Survivor SA

2014-02-17 07:22
Johannesburg - Two surprise tribal councils – called without the tribes having played for immunity – saw Utara’s Zan and Selatan’s Shona sent home by their tribes in one of the greatest twists in the history of M-Net’s Survivor South Africa.
Zan eventually departed on his own terms, having earlier made the request that Utara send him home to his girlfriend – but not before throwing his tribe members an epic curveball.
In the lead-up to the heated tribal council where Utara descended into name-calling and finger-pointing, members of Shane and Marian’s alliance were worried that Buhle may have the hidden immunity idol. After revealing that she and Sonette had been given a clue to its whereabouts, the alliance gambled on her having found it and plotted to force her to play it, mindful that Zan could then leave the game of his own free will if he still wanted to.

The move would weaken the tribe, but remove both someone who wanted to go – Zan - and someone they felt they couldn’t trust – Buhle. Then Marian hid Zan’s shorts away, which made the vehicle salesman decide to take steps to assure his own exit, stealing the tribe’s only flint and taking it to tribal council. To force the alliance’s hand, he openly handed the flint to Buhle at tribal council, meaning that if they sent her home in his stead, they would be sending their shot at warmth and cooked food with her.
Seletan’s Shona, meanwhile, plummeted from the Rugrats’ grace and hidden immunity idol safety when David revealed to the whole of Utara that they’d been keeping the idol for themselves, but she’d stolen it and not revealed the fact to her fellow Rugrats alliance members. She tried to defend her decision by saying that she’d been keeping it safe until the Rugrats made it to the merge – but the fact that she hadn’t shared the plan with them was enough to convince her alliance mates that they couldn’t trust her, and she was sent packing at their emotional tribal council.

Ironically, the exact same situation exists at Utara, where Shane and Marian are keeping the Idol from their alliance mates – when will the double-crossing start on the other beach?
Apart from the shock double elimination, the two tribes met up for a reward challenge with a difference this week. Instead of the usual Captains’ Duel, Mark and Corne were asked to nominate two tribe members to battle it out for a major advantage. That advantage took the shape of 101-Test Cricket veteran Makhaya Ntini, whose enthusiasm and throwing power would lend the tribe a major advantage in the challenge to follow.

Zan faced off against Zavion, and while both missed their first overhead throws with their coconuts, the wedding planner then nailed three in a row to win Makhaya’s services for Selatan. The win marked the second time they’d secured legendary outside assistance, having added Jimmy Tau’s lethal shooting power to their arsenal for the ‘Magic Boot’ immunity challenge.
During the reward challenge that followed – with the tribes competing for a package of ‘sugar, spice & all things nice’ and a mouth-watering chocolate cake – Makhaya’s assistance helped Selatan build an early lead, but Utara clawed their way back into contention and smashed all ten of their crates first. They could take home their spices – but had to eat their cake on the spot, in 60 seconds. When Nico gave the go-ahead, they tore the cake apart and were licking their fingers long before the allotted time was up.
In the next episode another big South African sporting star will visit the island, but instead of competing in a challenge only, cricket legend Jonty Rhodes will also spend some time with one of the tribes at their camp.  
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.
For an exclusive interview with Shona and Zan on the island, just after their departures, as well as host Nico’s take on the game, go to

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