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The fourth season of Survivor South Africa - Survivor South Africa: Maldives - features nine celebrities taking on 10 ordinary people in a "plebs vs celebs" scenario, as they all vie for the grand prize of R1-million.

We're not sure why there is an uneven number of contestants, but it seems set up for a quickfire elimination at the start of the game, unless the extra "pleb" is meant to give the pleb tribe an advantage over the celeb one.

According to M-Net, the celebs and plebs will be competing against each other (up until the merge, we assume), although exact details of the gameplay have not yet been released.

The celebs are mainly actors and musicians, but the plebs look an interesting bunch: they include a maths lecturer (according to M-Net "the brainiest contestant ever"), a biokineticist (whatever the hell that is), a professional rugby player who has represented Springbok Sevens, a parliament lawyer and a make-up artist.

Click the bio links below for more information about the contestants.

Survivor South Africa: Maldives premieres on M-Net and M-Net HD on Thursday 24 February, at 19h30.


CELEBS
Bonnie Henna

Age: 31
From: Johannesburg
Occupation: Actress
Known for: Television shows Bonnie has acted in include Home Affairs, Gaz'lam, Soul City, Hillside, Charlie Jade and The Philanthropist. She is married to former Tsha Tsha star Sisanda Henna.

TVSA Profile: Bonnie Henna
Bonnie Henna

Carmel Fisher

Age: 29
From: Johannesburg
Occupation: Actress
Known for: Carmel is best known for her role as promiscuous student Roxanne Campbell in the e.tv soapie Backstage. She has also acted in Rhythm City, Soul Buddyz, Generations and Askies.

TVSA Profile: Carmel Fisher
Carmel Fisher

Hykie Berg

Age: 32
From: Pretoria
Occupation: Actor
Known for: Hykie is best known for his role as Darius du Buisson in Egoli and as Conrad Bester in Binneland Sub Judice. He has also acted in 7de Laan, Jozi-H, One Way and Plek van die Vleisvreters.

TVSA Profile: Hykie Berg
Hykie Berg

Jacques Terre'Blanche

Age: 28
From: Johannesburg
Occupation: Musician
Known for: Jacques is best known for placing third in the second season of Idols. He has since released a few albums, been nominated for SAMA awards and started an acting career.

TVSA Profile: Jacques Terre'Blanche
Jacques Terre'Blanche

MXO

Age: 32
From: Port Elizabeth
Occupation: Musician
Known for: MXO has released a number of albums, for which he has received numerous award nominations. He is known for his collaborations with artists such as Sliq Angel, DJ Blaze and Jamie Catto.

TVSA Profile: MXO
MXO

Philicity Reeken

Age: 31
From: Johannesburg
Occupation: Actress, TV presenter
Known for: She hosted the e.tv baby show Great Expectations and had extended runs as an actress in the shows Binnelanders and The Coconuts, both on M-Net.

TVSA Profile: Philicity Reeken
Philicity Reeken

Roxy Burger

Age: 24
From: Johannesburg
Occupation: TV presenter
Known for: Roxy spent eight years as a KTV presenter on M-Net and went on to present and produce Teen Gospel Live on the DStv religious channel ONE Gospel.

TVSA Profile: Roxy Burger
Roxy Burger

Tshepo Maseko

Age: 36
From: Johannesburg
Occupation: Actor
Known for: Although he has hosted such shows as It's for Life and Our Beautiful Country, Tshepo is best known for his long-running role as Parsons Matabane in Isidingo.

TVSA Profile: Tshepo Maseko
Tshepo Maseko

Vanessa Haywood

Age: 33
From: Cape Town
Occupation: Actress, model, businesswoman
Known for: Vanessa was a finalist in Miss South Africa 2000 but is best known for her role as Tania van der Merwe in the cult science fiction film District 9.

TVSA Profile: Vanessa Haywood
Vanessa Haywood

PLEBS
Alison de Chazal

Age: 53
From: Durban
Occupation: Mother, Interior Decorator
What you need to know: Alison has five kids and a body 20-year-olds would die for. Being a mom to five kids, she doesn't get frazzled easily and people naturally gravitate towards her.

TVSA Profile: Alison de Chazal
Alison de Chazal

Harry Wiggins

Age: 27
From: Worcester
Occupation: Maths Lecturer
What you need to know: Harry is the ultimate Survivor fan and probably the brainiest contestant the show has ever seen. He boasts a Masters Degree in a complicated mathematical field and is a Maths Lecturer at UCT.

TVSA Profile: Harry Wiggins
Harry Wiggins

Letshego Moshoeu

Age: 26
From: Johannesburg
Occupation: Biokineticist
What you need to know: Letshego is a fitness freak and is involved in a charity initiative where she will raise funds for kids by swimming, running and cycling 4000 kms in 7 months. She also appeared on e.tv's Fear Factor in 2006.

TVSA Profile: Letshego Moshoeu
Letshego Moshoeu

Lukhanyo Nontshinga

Age: 27
From: Kimberley
Occupation: Professional rugby player
What you need to know: Despite having represented the Springboks in sevens rugby, Lukhanyo is not listed with the celebs. He has also played for the Cheetahs, Blue Bulls, Lions and Griquas.

TVSA Profile: Lukhanyo Nontshinga
Lukhanyo Nontshinga

Malusi Mbambo

Age: 30
From: Durban
Occupation: Business development consultant
What you need to know: Malusi grew up in Ulundi, but looks are deceiving with this induna. He is a rural guy with city sophistication and is very task-oriented.

TVSA Profile: Malusi Mbambo
Malusi Mbambo

Sean September

Age: 40
From: Cape Town
Occupation: Lawyer
What you need to know: Sean is a natural leader who has worked his way out of the Cape Flats to being a lawyer in Parliament. Behind that permanent frown on his face lies a well worked out Survivor plan.

TVSA Profile: Sean September
Sean September

Simon Coetzer

Age: 40
From: Sandton
Occupation: HR consultant
What you need to know: Simon has excelled in the corporate jungle and runs his own business. Being an HR manager he also understands human behaviour and social dynamics extremely well.

TVSA Profile: Simon Coetzer
Simon Coetzer

Sindi Lukhele

Age: 25
From: Johannesburg
Occupation: Events co-ordinator
What you need to know: Busybody Sindi went to great lengths to be on the show – at the auditions in Johannesburg she skipped the queues by pretending to be part of the selection crew.

TVSA Profile: Sindi Lukhele
Sindi Lukhele

Tasleem Vally

Age: 25
From: Durban
Occupation: Make-up artist
What you need to know: Tasleem is "an unconventional Muslim woman". She is a real girls' girl, but has done some provincial swimming too.

TVSA Profile: Tasleem Vally
Tasleem Vally

Tejan Pillay

Age: 32
From: Durban
Occupation: Engineer
What you need to know: This engineer is also a cage fighter who loves pushing his mind and body beyond the limit. Analysing everything is the name of his game.

TVSA Profile: Tejan Pillay
Tejan Pillay

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Reply from: makisto Wednesday, February 09, 2011 09:14 AM
Wow cool, Lesego is back onrealityshows, she really did well in 2006's Fear Factor SA. I remember she was the talk of the campus as we were studying with her at TUT

a biokineticist (whatever the hell that is)
Lol @TVSA Newsdesk, I have been to a biokineticist last year and I must schedule another appointment for this year. Basically what they do is that they assess ur fitness through a state-of-the-art system that's combined with physical activities such as pull ups, push ups, step exercise ect etc. Meanwhile, there is something they put on your chest which reads your heart rate and based on your overall performance/fitness during the exercises you get scored based on how you did on each category.

At the end, they will be able to tell your BMI, if according to your weight and BMI, you are way too oldor young or you are your exact age. The system will reccomend the kind of food you should eat.

If you are on vitality, you will earn points to a maximum of 7500 and your points can elevate your vitality status. If you are on Gold, you can get massive discounts such as 45% dicount at any Southern Sun hotels, 25% discount when flying through Kulula and British Airways. You can also subcribe for 7 magazines on a very very low price like 12 issues of True Love for R30 as well as other mags such as Destiny Man, Men's Health etc etc. If you shop for healthy food at Pick 'n Pay, you can get a minimum of R50 paid into bank account just because you look after your health. Jeez man, I must stop this, Vitality needs to pay me for educating people about their products. I was just trying to explain the biokineticist thing and what the benefits are lol.
Reply from: TheLady Wednesday, February 09, 2011 09:21 AM
uhmm to the powers that be: please eliminate Malusi.
Reply from: makisto Wednesday, February 09, 2011 09:37 AM
please eliminate Malusi.
Tjo! But we haven't even watched the show mos.
Reply from: Toxic Wednesday, February 09, 2011 13:12 PM
Lesego is Gugu Zulu's partner, neh? Can't wait to see Bonnie in action. she looks like a boring woman.
Reply from: Molilo Wednesday, February 09, 2011 13:16 PM
Yes Tox she is
Reply from: TerryN Wednesday, February 09, 2011 13:25 PM
WOW cant wait.........
have favourites already
that Letshego chick, kinda annoy me.
i missed Bonnie, gal where have you been? *in my best  Madea's voice*
Reply from: Cheesa Wednesday, February 09, 2011 13:30 PM
a biokineticist (whatever the hell that is) exactly what I thought I wouldn't have known if it wasn't for Makisto's explaination.

she looks like a boring woman.
LOL!

Isn't this supposed to be celebrity survivor like the one with abo Jub Jub? I don't know most of these people, anyway even last's year's was full of unknowns.
Reply from: Green.arrow Wednesday, February 09, 2011 13:41 PM
missed Bonnie, gal where have you been? *in my best Madea's voice* ...lol, i could just visualise madea saying this...lolest...

@Cheesa...im wondering gore go diragalng mo, its not quite celebrity survivor like the one before...its a mixture...?...haai, well..it is what it is i suppose...

@Thelady, what did malusi do #curious....
Reply from: Sbam Wednesday, February 09, 2011 13:56 PM

Simon wa tshosa!!!!

Reply from: Shakirara Wednesday, February 09, 2011 14:14 PM
Bonnie is still 31yrs?
Reply from: myname Wednesday, February 09, 2011 15:08 PM
Eish u r not alone Skakirara, I thought she is late 30s'. Anyway

YOOOOOOOO u Lukhanyo Nontshinga!

Reply from: Hlescorito Wednesday, February 09, 2011 15:34 PM
Lots of interesting ppl..we'll jst wait and see..
Reply from: zam.ngcobo Wednesday, February 09, 2011 17:16 PM
Lesego is Gugu Zulu's partner partner as in galfrnd ?
Reply from: PruLuv Thursday, February 17, 2011 13:45 PM
Wow @makitso. I also know Letshego from Res. She was my friend's roommate at Minjonet Res in our 1st year. We stayed opposite their Res at Polonaise Res.

Did u also stay @ Res?

All the best to Les...
Reply from: cleve Thursday, February 17, 2011 15:38 PM
hawu Pru luv nawe you from Polonaise, am also from Polonaise!!!!!!!!
Reply from: cleve Thursday, February 17, 2011 15:39 PM
and guys what the hell happened to MXO!!!!!!!!!!
 



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