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Show Details

Broadcaster: M-Net DStv 
Show Genre: Reality Competition
Series Premiere: Sunday, September 03, 2006

Show Summary

Survivor South Africa is a South African version of the global reality competition Survivor created by Charlie Parsons, in which contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes.

The show, produced locally by Endemol South Africa, uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing the contestants to vote off other tribe members until only one final contestant remains and wins the title of "Ultimate Survivor" (in most other countries the title is "Sole Survivor").

Survivor South Africa was announced by pay channel M-Net on Tuesday 11 April, 2006 and premiered on Sunday 3 September, 2006. It later aired on DStv's M-Net Series, M-Net HD, Vuzu and M-Net Series Zone channels. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 5 premiered on M-Net Series Zone on Saturday 25 January 2014, at 13h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 18 episodes in the fifth season.


Survivor is a reality game based on the highly popular Swedish show Expedition Robinson, in which a group of castaways competes on an exotic location for a grand prize (in the case of Survivor South Africa - R1,000,000).

Producer Mark Burnett licensed the rights to the show in 2000 and renamed it Survivor, which today is a worldwide reality television hit.

The South African show is made and produced by Endemol South Africa and is co-produced by Strix Entertainment, the international format rights holder.

Strix provided all the resources and infrastructure (including camera crews) for all Immunity Challenges and Tribal Councils. Strix also provided the logging facilities for the daily rushes.

South Africa was the 35th country to produce its own Survivor.


Season 1: Vanessa Marawa
Season 2: Lorette Mostert
Season 3: GiGi
Season 4: Hykie Berg


Season 1 (13 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 3 Sep 2006 | Finale: 26 Nov 2006 | Sundays, 18h00
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 8 Sep 2006 | Finale: 1 Dec 2006 | Fridays, 22h00

Season 2 (13 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 22 Aug 2007 | Finale: 14 Nov 2007 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 24 Aug 2007 | Finale: 16 Nov 2007 | Fridays, 22h00

Season 3 (14 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 20 Jan 2010 | Finale: 21 Apr 2010 | Wednesdays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 20 Jan 2010 | Finale: 21 Apr 2010 | Wednesdays, 19h30

Season 4 (14 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 24 Feb 2011 | Finale: 26 May 2011 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 24 Feb 2011 | Finale: 26 May 2011 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 4 Jun 2011 | Finale: 3 Sep 2011 | Saturdays, 15h30

Season 5 (18 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 19 Jan 2014 | Finale: 18 May 2014 | Sun, 17h30
Channel: MS Zone | Premiere: 25 Jan 2014 | Finale: 24 May 2014 | Sat, 13h00

Main Cast

(For full cast and characters, click Seasons tab at top of page)
Mark Bayly
Nico Panagio

Show Trivia

Media Survivor

The South African print media was invited to play off against each other in Media Survivor, for the chance to travel to Panama to cover the filming of the first season.

Media Survivor was won by TVSA correspondent Thinus Ferreira (although he was representing television print magazine TV Plus! at the time), who documented his experiences in an article entitled How To Win Survivor: SA - By Someone Who's Done It! which was published as an exclusive on TVSA.

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- Vanessa Wins Survivor South Africa! (27 November)
- Returning Mzi Takes Out The G-Man (20 November)
- Next Time On ... Survivor SA (16 November)
- Lawyer Lezel Gets A Guilty Verdict (13 November)
- Good News, Survivor SA Fans - There IS A Jury! (10 November)
- Survivor's Mark Bayly To MC Men's Health Look TV Special (08 November)
- Aguila Dies With A Whimper As Vanessa Is The Last To Go (06 November)
- Bidding Open For Survivor SA Memorabilia (01 November)
- Mzi Joins Brigitte On Dead Man's Island After Emotional Tribal Council (30 October)
- Brigitte To Be Resurrected On Dead Man's Island (23 October)
- No More Nico, As Aguila Turn On The Smoker (16 October)
- Danielle Voted Out Of Second Consecutive Tribal Council (09 October)
- The Curse Of The Crabs (05 October)
- Sanele Yanked From Survivor; Danielle Takes His Place (02 October)
- Survivor SA: The Real Reason Nobody Likes Nico (30 September)
- Lezel Turns, Ncumisa Voted Out Of Survivor SA (24 September)
- Jude Is The First Quitter On Survivor SA (17 September)
- Sam The Sculptor Voted Out Of Survivor SA (11 September)
- Survivor South Africa Premiere Breaks M-Net Viewership Records (8 September)
- Paranoid Don Is The First Survivor Voted Off (04 September)
- The SA Survivors: Our Experts Deliver Their Verdicts (22 August)
- TVSA Announces Unprecedented Survivor Coverage For SA Series (21 August)
- Survivor South Africa Contestants Revealed! (20 August)
- Identity Of Survivor SA Contestant Revealed! (19 July)
- Survivor South Africa Host Revealed!! (16 July)
- Survivor Host Is ... Wait For It ... A Model (15 June)
- It's Official - Colin Moss Is Not The Host Of Survivor SA (13 June)
- Secret Survivor South Africa Stars Head For Panama (06 June)
- Potential Survivor SA Sponsors Fight To Stay In The Game (05 May)
- Pretoria Man Enters Survivor SA 1000 Times (03 May)
- Survivor South Africa Is Here!! (11 April)

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- Reality Competition Forum
- Official Site

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