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Survivor SA: Marsha gets marching orders

2014-02-03 09:32
Johannesburg - 44-year-old army sports officer, Marsha Wessels - the first contestant picked by former Springbok captain Corne Krige to be part of his tribe in Survivor SA: Champions - was voted off the island at this week’s Tribal Council – the second in the series and second-in-a-row for Corne’s Selatan.

After winning this week’s Reward Challenge, providing some much needed fishing gear in aid of a fuller belly, the jubilant Selatan made another step towards avoiding tribal council when Corne beat his rival Mark Fish from Utara at a nailbiting duel.

The prize from the duel was Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana legend Jimmy Tau, who was flown to the island to up the ante at this week’s Immunity Challenge, a soccer shoot-out in the sea. Despite Jimmy’s assistance, in the form of a great goal, Selatan struggled to break through Utara’s iron-clad defence. Jimmy scored one goal for Selatan, but Utara’s Buhle, a recreational soccer player back home, proved her mettle with a perfect strike, followed by muscle man Solly’s winning goal.

Marsha, who has completed more than ten Iron Man competitions, impressed Corne with her strong character and physical strength, but both Corne, Marsha and decathlon athlete Zavion Kotze, with whom she formed an early alliance, learnt last week that the game of Survivor is about much more than sheer muscle power. At the show’s first tribal council, the underdogs of Seletan decided to form a counter-alliance and ignore their captain’s request to vote off the weakest players in the tribe first.  

After getting rid of Ashleigh last week, the counter-alliance, calling themselves “the Rugrats”, could now follow through on their strategy by voting off either Zavion or Marsha. But some ill-advised politicking and desperate, ingratiating attempts from Zavion to curry favour in the right places, finally cost Marsha her spot in the game.

Her fate was sealed when Rugrats member Gena heard that Marsha had told the tribe’s oldest contestant David that she and and Altaaf were talking about getting rid of the ‘older people’ on the tribe. A livid Gena advised the Rugrats to get rid of negative people next.

But before the conniving tribe members left for tribal council, Zavion and the Rugrats first devised an elaborate scheme to write down both Marsha and Philip’s names, thus saving Zavion from having to write Marsha’s name down and thwarting a possible Immunity Idol. 

Little did Marsha know that her beloved Zavion lied to her when he told her what the Rugrats’ plans were.

In her exit interview on the island, available on Marsha said that she held no grudges and that the conniving tribe might regret voting off physically strong people later.

Other highlights from this week’s show:

- At Camp Utara Sivu, who has watched all the Survivor series, suspected that there could be a Hidden Immunity Idol somewhere. He started searching … and found it! His next move was to hide it again as he didn’t have space in his pockets to sneak it back to camp just yet.
-  What Sivu didn't know was that Shane was watching him from afar. He followed Sivu's trail and found the Immunity Idol in Sivu's "safe hiding place".
- Thereafter Sonette decided it was time to use the clue that she and Buhle received for the Hidden Immunity Idol, but for some strange reason, there was nothing to be found where the clue indicated it should be.
- Sonette was also not impressed with Mark's decision to let her sit out the Reward puzzle challenge.
- Avid conservationist Zan did not like it when Shane and Stephen caught and killed a small shark.

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 the latest updates, go to the official Facebook page SurvivorSA or join in the Twitter conversation @Survivor_SA.

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