Corné Krige plays it cool about Survivor SA

2014-03-24 12:22
Cape Town - The big merge has finally happened on Survivor SA Champions. The remaining castaways are in a tight race to become the ultimate survivor.

Last night's episode saw a big curveball thrown to the captains who instead of bowing out of the game will now participate in Salvation Games, giving the winner the opportunity to save someone from being voted off at tribal council.

We spoke to team captain and viewer favourite Corné Krige about his captaincy, the salvation games and who he'll be voting for.

What was your captaincy strategy going into the game?
Going into the game I wanted to create structure in the tribe and try and make it as comfortable as possible for everyone. I wanted a happy tribe.

Having to lead a team in this kind of circumstances must’ve been hard, how did you stay motivated?
It was extremely difficult. I have a philosophy that in order to lead others you have to lead yourself first.  It was really difficult getting up every day with no energy and perform challenges and tasks. I tried to lead by example, I knew there was an end to it. It was important for me to keep my head clean and to be careful what you think.

Did you expect to be this involved in the game and did the Salvation Cup duals come as a surprise?
No, not at all. The Salvation Cup came as a big twist in the game. Taking part in the challenges everyday was hard. I wanted to take as many members of my tribe into the merge, that was my goal.

You’re seeing a lot of what’s happening behind the scenes, backstabbing, playing the game. Has this given you a new perspective about the game and the castaways who are left?
Yes, it has. I knew nothing about Survivor when I got to the island. My opinion changed when I got there, I thought it was about physical and mental strength but it is also about strategy and playing the social game. Being able to see what actually happened at Utara has given me some insight. I’m still learning about the game.

What criteria will you be basing you salvation vote on?
There are a couple of things I will base my vote on: if the person has played the game the right way with integrity and has the person given their best in all the challenges and throughout their stay on the island. It will be somebody that I would like to go through even if the person wasn’t initially from Selatin.

What has been some of your memorable moments?
The most memorable moment was after losing the biggest reward challenge; the pool party and braai to get my team back up and to win the immunity challenge. Despite the conditions, having no food and the odds were against us they could still perform.

What has been some of the most difficult moments in the  game?
Losing Gena to the opposite tribe. We did our best to save her but it didn’t work out the way we planned it. That was the most difficult psychological moment for me.

Any favourites to win the game?
There are a couple of strong contenders: Moyra, Shane, Graham, Solly and Zavion. It is possible that it will be between the five of them.

What has been the most valuable lesson this experience has taught you?
To appreciate the small things. Most of us have grown up privileged and we take having food for granted. There are millions of people who are starving and nobody knows how this feels, during Survivor I experienced this first hand.

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