Survivor SA back with sport stars

2013-06-20 13:54
Thinus Ferreira

Cape Town – Survivor South Africa is set to return to South African TV screens on M-Net for another season with Nico Panagio as host and two teams divided under either rugby player Corne Krige or soccer player Mark Fish as tribe captains.

The pay-TV broadcaster made the announcement on social media to journalists just before the lunch hour in a closed Facebook group after dropping hints and teaser questions since Thursday morning.

Always coy regarding contestants, M-Net teased that two South African sporting stars are included in the new crop of contestants before revealing that it will be Krige and Fish who will be heading up two tribes in Survivor South Africa: Champions.

Can't be voted off

In a new twist, Krige and Fish won't be voted off. Survivor South Africa: Champions will be filmed towards the end of 2013 at an as yet undisclosed location and will be done by the Endemol South Africa production company.

South African citizens older than 18 will be able to enter from the beginning of July for a possible place on Survivor South Africa: Champions to endure "the harshest of circumstances".

"Mark and Corne are both highly competitive and physically strong but have different personalities," says Pierre Cloete, M-Net director for general entertainment channels. "It will be fascinating to see how these tribe captains strategise to get their team ahead and how they deal with the multiple challenges on the island."

Many surprises

Sivan Pillay, the managing director of Endemol South Africa promises "many surprises" in the new season.

"Pitting two champions with the gravitas of Mark and Corne against each other opens up plenty of opportunities for curveballs and additional pressure on the contestants."

Fish says he wants to be surrounded by individuals who "will showcase their individual qualities that will help the team progress".

Krige says he likes "tribe members who are tough when the tough gets going and have a fighting spirit".


  • Olebogeng Ntong - 2013-06-20 14:06

    Hope this works

  • Kevin Walker - 2013-06-20 15:52

    Why do we always need to have some celebrity involved? Is it to draw viewers? Why cant we just select the game players from normal everyday people like they do in the US series? The last SA survivor was a real waste of time with celebrities that already have an ego problem trying to improve on it......Come on guys get the real deal !!!

      Isgaak Gaidien - 2013-06-20 16:41

      I couldn't agree more with you. Worst of all, they can't be voted off.

  • Johan Beneke - 2013-06-20 18:32

    It just goes to show that TV viewers will watch any crap dished up to them. The cost of producing these reality shows must be peanuts compared to a series with a plot, script writer and actors. These shows are both far removed from real reality and 2nd more childish than the other junk churned out by the TV bosses. So get a life, there is more to entertainment than watching TV.

  • BlackGrimreaper - 2013-06-20 18:50

    Corné Krige couldn't even handle Kamp Staaldraad!

  • Mark Antony Greeff - 2013-07-14 22:34

    Bring the motor trade wheelers and deLears. ,,here I am not a dul moment

  • Lina Swart - 2013-08-08 10:15

    My daughter went for interview in CT this morning and out of her group of 10 4 men went through. I really don't know what they are looking for in girls contestants for she has the whole package, she is beautiful, world title holder in martial arts, 3 years sport woman of her school, junior sportswoman SWD and nominated for WC she has personality is funny, committed to what she do and has done life saving training and worked as life saver during school holidays. The bold ou oompie who did her interview just lost out on candidate who would have kicked ass!!

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