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2014-04-07 14:04
Johannesburg - This season of Survivor will go down as the season of blindsides.

Despite being awarded the salvation vote, sports manager Solly Mathiba became the 11th person to be voted off the island.

He joins Marion De Vos on the jury, the group of ousted castaways who will choose the Ultimate Survivor at the final Tribal Council.

We spoke to Solly about his strategy, his alliance and that first challenge with Zavion.

It came as a huge shock to you when you got voted out. What was going through your mind?
It was a huge shock. Throughout the day everyone was quiet and if I look back now it was a bit too peaceful. I thought my alliance was solid but they stabbed me in the back. I was very disappointed.

What was your strategy going into the game?
I wanted to stay out of Tribal Council and I wanted to build relationships with key players.  I wanted to dominate all aspects of the game: socially and physically. But I wasn’t too good in the social game like Shane and Graham who are good players.

If you could do one thing differently what would that be?
I would have been more aggressive in the way I played the social game. If I went out because I was a good social player I would have been happy. I guess I was too much of a threat and I left a lot of the game playing in the hands of others.

So I have to ask, that first challenge with Zavion how did you feel about the fact that it was over so quickl?
It was over so quickly I didn’t have time to feel anything.  I was really surprised at Zavion’s speed and strength. I can’t say that I’m glad that it happened but it did bring out the beast in me afterwards. I was embarrassed and shocked and it was a rude awakening for me. After that challenge I knew I had to redeem myself, which thankfully I was able to do.

What has been some of your highlights during the show?
I think I had more low lights than highlights I thought I could have played a good social game. Winning the Makhaya challenge is by far my biggest highlight. The team morale was very low going into that challenge we were on a losing streak we lost a reward challenge and an immunity challenge, we were on an all time low and it was tough. Before the challenge I just went into my own zone and when I saw the challenge I was happy the Survivor gods were on my side. It was an amazing feeling winning the challenge not just for myself but for the entire team, it gave them and me a second wind.

You’re the second person on the jury now, what will you be judging your final vote on?
I really want to find out who wrote my name down, there are a few obvious and not so obvious. I want to know what really happened and why they wrote my name down, especially my alliance.

Who do you think should win?
Shane, he is very street smart and he is good at playing the social game. Man-to-man I voted for him twice and he is still there, he is a much better player than me.

What surprised you most about the Survivor?
The fatigue.  It was by far the biggest challenge. If I performed an explosive task i had no energy to do anything after that and it’s quite scary because you cannot control it. Fatigue combined with a lack of eating and sleeping was really tough.

What’s the most valuable thing this experience has taught you?
Two things: that I can still perform and physically I can still be competitive in that regard and secondly trust no one, even the people you depend on. You spend a lot of time with these people, you eat and sleep together you get to know them and as soon as you get to tribal council you learn that all of that didn’t matter.

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