Survivor South Africa

Genres: Reality Competition
Broadcast on: M-Net, M-Net Series, M-Net Series Zone, Vuzu, M-Net City, Me



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Season 3 - Santa Carolina

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
M-Net 20 Jan 2010 21 Apr 2010 Wednesdays, 19h30 - 21h00 14

Season 3

Season 3 - Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina - premiered on M-Net and M-Net HD on Wednesday 20 January 2010, at 19h30.

It ended with a live finale on 21 April, 2010, in which former exotic dancer GiGi won R500,000 for herself and R500,000 for the charity of her choice.

27 Days. 18 Local Celebrities. 1 Ultimate Survivor.

Eighteen South African celebrities are marooned on a deserted island in Mozambique where they’re scheming, plotting and playing to be the last person standing and pocket R500,000 for themselves and R500,000 for a charity of their choice.

Stripped from all luxuries, they are subjected to soaring temperatures, thunder storms, nasty bugs and devious tribe mates with hidden agendas.

Who will be strong – or smart – enough to survive the dreaded tribal council? And whose torch will be snuffed by the new Survivor SA host, Nico Panagio.

Only one thing is for sure: there can be only one Ultimate Survivor.

The Celebrity Contestants

(Click names for full bios)

Ashley Hayden (42)

Occupation: Television Presenter and Businesswoman

As a continuity presenter, Ashley spent many hours in the company of M-Net viewers. She is also a motivational speaker and voice-over artist who is a strong supporter of women's rights.

Home Life: One partner and two children

Charity: The Homestead - Projects for Street Children, an organisation that helps street children to reconstruct their lives through one-on-one interaction, intake shelters, educational care and much more.

Christina Storm (35)

Occupation: Actress and Model

Christina Storm is known across the world as a successful fashion model. Her made her debut as an actress on M-Net’s Egoli in 2007 and has appeared in over 200 local and international television commercials.

Home Life: Single mother, one daughter

Charity: Christina is supporting the Lucinda Greyling Help Fund which is seeking assistance for Lucinda Greyling, a young lady who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2006. The cancer has since spread to her legs, rendering her body immobile.

Cindy Nell Roberts (28)

Occupation: Personality, Presenter and Model

TV presenter, model and business woman Cindy Nell Roberts rose to fame after clinching the Miss South Africa title in 2002 and becoming the first runner-up in 2003’s Miss Universe pageant. She often graces the social pages of magazines and has just wrapped presenting duties on the Afrikaans magazine show Pasella after 5 years.

Home Life: Married

Charity: Cindy is supporting two charities for Survivor, namely WAG, an animal rights and welfare organisation, and The Chrysalis Foundation, a charity that provides counseling and support to girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who have been victims of physical or emotional abuse.

Craig Jacobs (35)

Occupation: Fashion Designer

Fashion entrepreneur Craig Jacobs has been catching the eye on South African catwalks with his unique fashion label Fundudzi which is renowned for incorporating environmentally friendly materials including bamboo, soy, corn, and organic cottons.

Home Life: Single

Charity: The Trust – a web portal that provides a network for reputable and accountable South African charities who have been qualified through ongoing due diligence - irrespective of size, purpose or geographical location. CANSA is one of The Trust's beneficiaries and Craig has elected them to receive any money raised.

Darren Maule (37)

Occupation: Actor, Comedian and Television Presenter

Darren started his career in the entertainment industry when he joined a live daily soap drama for Radio Punt called Seepbel. From there he flexed his comedy muscles, doing stand-up comedy as well as physical theatre being one half of a comedy duo mime act. He has presented the day-time show PlayTV and the late-night talk show Last Say on Sunday, on SABC3.

Home Life: Married, three children

Charity: The Wesley Flavell Heart Foundation which raises funds for a small child who was born with three heart chambers instead of the usual four. This has rendered his body immobile and unable to separate oxygenated and deoxygenated blood.

Garth Collins (43)

Occupation: Actor, Comedian and Emcee

The show has been off air for many years, but people of all ages still stop in their tracks when they spot Granite, the formidable villain from Gladiators. He has exhibited his acting skills in television productions such as Springbok Challenge 2, Villa Rosa, Kompleks and most recently as 'Dries' on Getroud Met Rugby.

Home Life: Engaged to Jackie Rens, has two children and one grandchild

Charity: Guide Dogs Association for the Blind - an organisation that seeks to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people and to advocate the recognition and protection of the rights of all persons with disabilities.

GiGi (42)

Occupation: Exotic Dancer, Businesswoman and Actress

GiGi is best known as the owner of The Lollipop Lounge - an exotic dance club in Randburg, Johannesburg. Also a trained actress, she created the stage productions Nipplecaps and G-strings and Whore and in 2007 appeared on the big screen in Poena is Koning.

Home Life: Married

Charity: Hospice Houghton, Johannesburg - part of the Hospice group that offers palliative care service that focuses on the quality of life, promoting physical and psychosocial well-being for people with active, progressive and advanced diseases for whom the prognosis is limited.

Gys de Villiers (49)

Occupation: Actor, Writer and Sculptor

Gys is best known as the charismatic Dr Zieg Combrink in M-Net's hospital drama Binnelanders, but this role was preceded by an extensive and successful career on stage and screen. Some of his career highlights include Suig (which he wrote) and The Dubble Room. He was honoured with the Dalro Award for Best Male Actor.

Home Life: Lives with wife Jaci in Knysna

Charity: HOKISA (Homes for Kids in South Africa), founded in 2001 in Cape Town as a South African non-profit NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) to contribute in the fight against AIDS by creating examples of care especially for those who are most vulnerable – the children.

Hanna Grobler (28)

Occupation: Actress, Entrepreneur and Charity Worker

Hanna was the ditzy blonde side-kick of Casper de Vries in the kykNET game show Doen met 'n Miljoen and played Kiki in the kykNET drama series Getroud met Rugby. When she’s not filming television series, music videos and ads, she focuses her energy on raising funds for her own, registered charity.

Home Life: In a relationship

Charity: Hanna started her own charity, The Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation, which is helping a number of beneficiaries including Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Jakaranda Children's Home, Van Rensburg Old Age Home, Margaretha Akkerman Old Age Home, Baphuting Orpan Care - Village of Baphuting, Berg-en-Dal Pregnancy Crisis Centre and the Louis Botha Family and Child Care Centre.

Izak Davel (26)

Occupation: Singer, Actor and Dancer

Singer, actor and dancer Izak Davel played the role of Scab in the soapie Egoli. In 2007, he was the No 1 Local Celeb on Heat’s Hot Top 100. After his stint on Egoli Izak launched his debut album Ken Jy My.

Home Life: Married to Mericke

Charity: Ons Huis Trust – an organisation that offers a permanent, full-time, protective home and activity centre to mentally handicapped adults. Here they can enjoy adequate physical care and grow spiritually and emotionally so that they are able to make a contribution – no matter how small – to the community.

Jub Jub (29)

Occupation: Musician

As a musician, Jub Jub has released three successful hip-hop albums (The Rare Breed, My Shine and Fresh Air). He started out as a presenter on M-Net's KTV then moved to Jam Alley and Channel O. He has also appeared in several commercials as well as feature films such as Lunar Cop, Drive By and Full Court Press.

Home Life: Single

Charity: The Ithuteng Trust is the only organisation working in the Orlando section of Soweto that strives for the positive development of at-risk and traumatized youth and focuses on preventing these young people from engaging in criminal activities.

Kaseran Pillay (34)

Occupation: Actor and Comedian

Kaseran acted in Leon Schuster's Mr Bones and has become a familiar funny face on South African television. His television credits include The History of Bunny Chow, Bay Of Plenty and Going Nowhere Slowly.

Home Life: Single

Charity: The Durban Children's Home is a non-profit organisation, which was founded in 1905. This KZN charity drive provides needy children, young people and their families with a range of services. They focus on the children's existing strengths and provide opportunities for them to meet their developmental needs.

Lady Lea (29)

Occupation: Professional DJ and Music Producer

Lady Lea has been a guest DJ at most clubs in all major cities in and around South Africa and is often invited to do gigs abroad. She has toured Europe for the last three years in a row, playing in Amsterdam, Ibiza and the UK. She played at the German Love Parade in 2007 and entertained crowds at the ICC T20 World Cup Cricket matches.

Home Life: Single

Charity: The Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre is a registered animal sanctuary that is involved in the rehabilitation and re-homing of abused, unwanted and neglected animals. They also offer a personal service to educate the public - especially children - to eradicate ignorance about animals and to facilitate the adoption of animals into caring homes.

Louw Venter (34)

Occupation: Actor and Comedian

Louw Venter is the co-creator of the The Most Amazing Show and one half of comedy duo Corné and Twakkie. He has acted in John Boorman’s In My Country with Juliette Binoche, opposite Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, Crazy Monkey’s Straight Outta Benoni and more recently in Bunny Chow and Rainbow Skellums.

Home Life: Married with two children

Charity: MyLifE Foundation – a three stage holistic healing program built on the African concept of Ubuntu. The foundation works from the belief that it takes a village to raise a child. For that reason their healing Villages are a haven for both empowered and vulnerable youth.

Okkert Brits (36)

Occupation: Sportsman and Fitness Specialist

Olympic athlete Okkert Brits is one of South Africa's sporting legends. The pole-vaulter is one of the few athletes worldwide who are part of the prestigious ‘six-metre club’ and with his personal best of 6.03m, achieved in 1995, he still holds the African and Commonwealth records.

Home Life: Married with two children

Charity: The Give Me a Chance Foundation helps children to make their dreams come true by raising funds for scholarship programmes as well as establishing a network of strong role models to mentor these children. Every cent received goes directly towards the children’s school and hostel fees, school clothing, books and sport equipment.

ProVerb (28)

Occupation: Recording Artist, TV and Radio Presenter

ProVerb started his rapping career in 1999. He has achieved success with albums such as The Book of ProVerb, Manuscript and Write of Passage. ProVerb was the technical producer of the Fresh Breakfast show on Gauteng’s premier youth radio station Y-fm and is now the technical and content producer on METRO FM The Avenue 3 to 6 with Glen Lewis and Unathi, and also hosts his own show on METRO FM.

Home Life: Married with two children

Charity: Bophelo Care Centre, Kimberley - Bophelo means “life”. Their Multi Purpose Community Base Centre strives to provide assistance and care to the Kimberley Community.

Sade Giliberti (24)

Occupation: Television Presenter

Sade is the youngest Survivor contestant, but has already spent thousands of hours in front of the camera. Her first television stint was at the age of 7, presenting a Christian kids show called On The Rock. YOTV followed, which made her a household name. She recently presented the South African version of the reality show So You Think You Can Dance, on SABC1.

Home Life: Single

Charity: Childline – an effective non-profit organisation that works collectively to protect children from all forms of violence. Their aim is to create a culture of children's rights in South Africa through their various programmes.

Sandi Schultz (46)

Occupation: Actress and Designer

Sandi Schultz is well known as the headstrong yet sensitive Dr Jennifer Adams, one of the key characters in the M-Net soapie Binnelanders. She took on this role after living in Los Angeles from 1993-2005 where she landed parts, specially written for her - on NYPD Blue with Dennis Frantz and Rick Schroder and on City of Angels with Blair Underwood.

Home Life: In a relationship

Charity: RCCTT (Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust) is one of the oldest and most experienced organisations in South Africa working to end sexual violence and their counsellors assist all rape victims, both female and male. They provide support services to rape survivors, their partners, family and friends and create awareness at schools and in communities on how to deal with sexual crimes.

Order Of Elimination

Contestants were eliminated in the following order:

Week 1 (Wednesday, 20 January)

Christina Storm, who left the show voluntarily - claiming that she was missing her daughter and luxuries too much. Garth Collins, who was hurt during a challenge and asked to be voted out so as not to be a liablity to his tribe.

Week 2 (Wednesday, 27 January 2010)

Jub Jub, who also left the show voluntarily - claiming that he had an infection in his private parts.
Cindy Nel - the first to be voted out of the show as a result of gameplay and strategy.

Week 3 (Wednesday, 3 February 2010)

Craig Jacobs

Week 4 (Wednesday, 10 February 2010)

Lady Lea

Week 5 (Wednesday, 17 February 2010)

Darren Maule

Week 6 (Wednesday, 24 February 2010)

Sandi Schultz

Week 7 (Wednesday, 3 March 2010)

Hanna Grobler

Week 8 (Wednesday, 10 March 2010)

Louw Venter

Week 9 (Wednesday, 17 March 2010)

Okkert Brits

Week 10 (Wednesday, 24 March 2010)

Gys de Villiers (who won the car challenge in the same episode. He won a Volvo XC60)

Week 11 (Wednesday, 31 March 2010)

Izak Davel

Week 12 (Wednesday, 7 April 2010)

Kaseran Pillay

Week 13 (Wednesday, 14 April 2010)

The final four: Ashley Hayden, GiGi, ProVerb and Sade Giliberti went into battle for a showdown. Sade got eliminated first, followed by ProVerb, leaving Ashley and GiGi as the final two.

Week 14 (Wednesday, 21 April 2010)

GiGi beat Ashley in a 6-2 vote to win the title of Ultimate Survivor. Viewers voted for Ashley as the ninth jury member, but it was not enough to save her.

The Jury

Hanna Grobler, Louw Venter, Okkert Brits, Gys de Villiers, Izak Davel, Kaseran Pillay, Sade Giliberti, ProVerb

Season 3 Cast

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