Survivor SA: Moyra and Vel tell it like it is

2014-04-14 16:30
Cape Town - In a tribal council twist two castaways were voted off the island on Survivor SA Champions.

Moyra Makhina was voted off when her so-called bestie Graham turned the tables on her to shake things up in the game.

Vel Bodiba got hit when an immediate Individual Immunity Challenge at the Tribal Council area led her to be the 14th person voted off the island.

Moyra and Vel are now the 3rd and 4th members of the jury who will choose the ultimate survivor.

We spoke to Moyra about sugarcane gate, Graham’s betrayal and what she will do at the final tribal council.

(Graham and Moyra. M-Net)

Q: You said on last night’s episode that it was your off day from strategising. Looking back now do you wish you had been more proactive that day?
Moyra: Yes, the biggest lesson I learnt is to never take an off day in life.  I was just on my own that day. I was asked to join conversations but I just walked away I didn’t want to be involved. Maybe if I had been proactive and gotten involved in strategy that day things could have been different.

Q: Sugarcane gate – do you think this played a role in you being blindsided?
Moyra: I will never regret the having sugarcane. It was something fun and sneaky to do. At that time we had a lot of food at camp. I was just being rebellious. I think Graham took this personally because we trusted each other and yes it did perhaps play a role in his decision to vote me off.

Q: You know now that Graham betrayed you. How do you feel about this?
Moyra: I know that it wasn’t an easy decision for him to make. Honestly it sucked. I trusted him the most, I was loyal to him and he’s the person I played the game with. He was my key person even within our alliance. During tribal council I kept looking at him and he just had this blank expression on his face I then figured that he was part of it.

Q: What will you be basing your vote on at the final tribal council?
Moyra: I’ll be basing my vote on who played the game the hardest. My biggest dilemma is will I be biased there are people I have been close with and I was betrayed by someone I trusted. It’s going to be a tough decision.

Q: What was your most memorable moment on the show?
Moyra: I had a very tender moment with Zavion. He was having a tough day and we were lying on the beach and he turned to me as asked if he could hold my hand he just wanted some personal contact. And so we laid there on the beach holding hands. It was a very special moment to share with someone.

Q: What’s the most valuable thing this experience has taught you?
Moyra: I learnt how important food is it is fundamental for mental and physical health. And then I just learnt again that no matter where you go in life it’s the people that you surround yourself with that make the experience valuable. I was fortunate to be surrounded with people on the Selatin tribe that made my experience a pleasant one.

Vel told us more about her strategy, her alliance and how this experience brought her closer to God.

(Altaaf, Buhle and Vel. M-Net)

Q: What was your strategy going into the game?
Vel: I thought I would go in there and do whatever needed to be done to survive. But once I got there I was very unhappy and I’m not someone who can pretend. It was difficult to adjust and I was with people I didn’t and I wasn’t sure who I could trust so I just closed myself off.

Q: You and Buhle weren’t involved in any strategy conversation that day. Do you think if you had been more proactive things could have been different?
Vel: We had an alliance: Buhle, Solly, Sivu and I. But Sivu was very clever he played the game well. Towards the end we realised that we needed and alliance within the alliance and Altaaf joined us. I don’t think we could have done anything differently.

Q:What will you be basing your final vote on at the Final tribal council?
Vel: I will be basing my vote on how honest the person played the game. Whether they played the game with sincerity and also the relationship I had with the person.

Q: What was your most memorable moment on the show?
Vel: My most memorable moment on the show was when I got switched to the Selatin tribe, it was the best thing that happened to me on the island. Once I got there I was more comfortable, more myself and I opened up to people. The other highlight for me was the merge just seeing all that food was a delight I was dying inside of hunger.

Q: What’s the most valuable thing this experience has taught you?
Vel: To stay as loyal as I am and not to succumb to any pressure. I am a very spiritual person and through this experience I have grown closer to God.  This experience has also showed me that I can take on any challenge and persevere it has boosted my confidence. . It was both a tough and beautiful experience that no one can take away from me.

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