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Survivor: Maldives is the fourth season of the South African version of Survivor. The premiere aired on the 24th of February 2011.

32 year-old South African actor Hykie Berg defeated 26 year-old biokineticist Letshego Moshoeu in a 8-3 vote, winning the R1 million prize.


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  • Celebs vs. Plebs: The cast of the season was comprised of nine well known South African celebrities and ten regular South African citizens.
  • Separated Marooning: The groups of celebrities and plebs were marooned without knowing of the existence of each other. They would be reunited on Day 4.
  • Schoolyard Pick: The two groups were divided by Schoolyard Pick, forming four teams(two blue and two yellow). The celebrity not chosen by any of the two groups of celebs, would receive a black buff, and would join the losing tribe after the first Tribal Council. After the first Tribal Council, the two blue teams and the two yellow teams would form together to make Goma​ and Raituhn​ respectively.
  • First Impressions: At he reunion of the groups, they would vote for the person they think is the most unlikely to win.
  • Black Cowrie Shell: The two people voted at the First Impressions twist would receive a Black Cowrie shell bracelet. The person holding the Black Cowrie at Tribal Council would automatically have one vote against them. The only way that they could prevent that from happening would be at the beginning of an Immunity Challenge, when they would be offered an opportunity to defect to the opposing tribe. If the person with the Black Cowrie defected to the other tribe or was voted off, they would select one of the remaining castaways at their former tribe to receive the Cowrie.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: One Hidden Immunity Idol was hidden in each camp.
  • White Cowrie Shell: The White Cowrie Shell would come into play after the merge. The current holder of the White Cowrie Shell can choose to negate a vote cast to someone else in the tribe. They cannot negate a vote cast against themselves. The person with the vote negated by the White Cowrie Shell would be the next holder.
  • Public Vote: The finalist who gets the most number of votes from the public would receive an extra vote at the Final Tribal Council.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
ZAS4 lukhanyo t Lukhanyo Nontshinga
27, Kimberley, NC
Pro Rugby Player
Goma 1st Voted Out
Day 3
ZAS4 philicity t Philicity Reeken
30, Johannesburg, GP
Goma 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
ZAS4 tshepo t Tshepo Maseko
36, Johannesburg, GP
Raituhn 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
ZAS4 tasleem t Tasleem Vally
25, Durban, KZN
Make-Up Artist
Raituhn 4th Voted Out
Day 9
ZAS4 carmel t Carmel Fisher
29, Johannesburg, GP
Raituhn 5th Voted Out
Day 11
ZAS4 jacques t Jacques Terre'Blanche
28, Johannesburg, GP
Goma Quit
Day 12
ZAS4 sindi t Sindi Lukhele
25, Johannesburg, GP
Events Coordinator
Goma 6th Voted Out
Day 14
ZAS4 vanessa t Vanessa Haywood
33, Cape Town, WC
Goma Evacuated
1st Jury Member
Day 15
ZAS4 roxy t Roxy Burger
24, Johannesburg, GP
Goma 7th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 15
ZAS4 harry t Harry Wiggins
27, Worcester, WC
Maths Lecturer
Raituhn 8th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 15
ZAS4 simon t Simon Coetzer
40, Johannesburg, GP
HR Consultant
Goma Eku 9th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 17
ZAS4 malusi t Malusi Mbambo
30, Durban, KZN
Bus. Dev. Consultant
Raituhn 10th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 19
ZAS4 tejan t Tejan Pillay
32, Durban, KZN
Raituhn 11th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 21
ZAS4 sean t Sean September
40, Cape Town, WC
Goma 12th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 23
ZAS4 alison t Alison de Chazal
53, Durban, KZN
Mother of 5
Goma 13th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 25
ZAS4 mxo t MXO Lokwe
31, Johannesburg, GP
Goma 14th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 26
ZAS4 bonnie t Bonnie Henna
31, Cape Town, WC
Raituhn 15th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 27
ZAS4 letshego t Letshego Moshoeu
27, Johannesburg, GP
Raituhn Runner-Up 4
ZAS4 hykie t Hykie Berg
32, Johannesburg, GP
Raituhn Sole Survivor 7

Season Summary

Nineteen castaways, consisting of 10 regular South Africans ("Plebs") and 9 celebrities ("Celebs"). Initially separated on 2 different islands based on their status, each group was unaware of the other group's presence. Both groups were separated into two teams (simply referred to as "Blue" and "Yellow") that would later be the official tribes. After the Blue Plebs faced a Tribal Council, the 18 remaining players formed the Goma tribe (composed of both Blue teams) and Raituhn tribe (composed of both Yellow teams). Each tribe then assigned the weakest player in their tribes with a Black Cowrie shell, which added a vote against them at each Tribal Council before the merge. After the unification, Raituhn initially were down in numbers due to a clear divide where the "Plebs" kept betraying the outnumbered "Celebs". However, a series of events in Goma that saw a tribe member quitting, a majority alliance blindsided by an idol, and a medical evacuation, led to an unsteady Raituhn alliance entering the merge with a 5-4 majority.

The merge saw the introduction of a White Cowrie shell in Bonnie's possession; this shell nullified a single vote at a Tribal Council. While the Raituhn alliance initially voted out Goma's leader, Simon Coetzer, the "Celebs" Bonnie Henna and Hykie Berg used the White Cowrie and a Hidden Immunity Idol to betray their alliance with the Raituhn "Plebs" until only Letshego Moshoeu remained. Before the remaining Goma "Plebs", Alison de Chazal and Sean September, could convince Letshego to flip on the "Celeb" duo, she found a Hidden Immunity Idol and stuck with the powerful duo of Bonnie and Hykie to pick off the remaining Goma alliance. Despite a surprising Final Immunity Challenge win by Letshego, who sent Bonnie to the jury to finally break up the strategic "Celeb" duo, the jury criticized both her and Hykie's poor social games, but felt that Hykie's cutthroat strategic game alongside Bonnie was more deserving than Letshego's under-the-radar game. Along with South Africa deciding in a public poll to award him with a jury vote, the jury awarded Hykie the title of Ultimate Survivor in an 8-3 victory over Letshego. [1]

Episode Guide

Episode Air date Challenges White Cowrie Shell Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity Holder Recipient
Episode 1 February 24, 2011 Goma Raituhn Lukhanyo 3-2 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Episode 2 March 3, 2011 Raituhn Raituhn Philicity 5-2-2-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
Episode 3 March 10, 2011 Raituhn Goma Tsepho 5-4-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
Episode 4 March 17, 2011 Goma Goma Tasleem 8-1 4th Voted Out
Day 9
Episode 5 March 24, 2011 Raituhn Goma Carmel 4-3-1 5th Voted Out
Day 11
Episode 6 March 31, 2011 Raituhn Raituhn Jacques No Vote Quit
Day 12
Sindi 2-1-0 6th Voted Out
Day 14
Episode 7 April 7, 2011 Raituhn None Vanessa No Vote Evacuated
1st Jury Member
Day 15
Roxy 4-1-1 7th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 15
Harry 4-1-1-1 8th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 15
Episode 8 April 14, 2011 Goma Letshego Bonnie Not
Simon 5-4 9th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 17
Episode 9 April 21, 2011 Tejan
[Bonnie, Hykie]
Sean Bonnie Hykie Malusi 4-2-1-1 10th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 19
Episode 10 April 28, 2011 Survivor
Sean Hykie Bonnie Tejan 4-0 11th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 21
Episode 11 May 5, 2011 Sean
[Alison, MXO]
Hykie Bonnie Hykie Sean 3-0 12th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 23
Episode 12 May 12, 2011 Kykie
Letshego Hykie Not
Alison 3-2 13th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 25
Episode 13 May 19, 2011 None Bonnie None MXO 3-1 14th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 26
Letshego Bonnie 1-0 15th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 27
Live Finale May 26, 2011 Jury Vote Letshego 8-3 Runner-Up
Hykie Sole Survivor

Voting History

Survivor South Africa: Maldives Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Finale
Voted Off: ZAS4 lukhanyo t
ZAS4 philicity t
ZAS4 tshepo t
ZAS4 tasleem t
ZAS4 carmel t
ZAS4 jacques t
ZAS4 sindi t
ZAS4 vanessa t
ZAS4 roxy t
ZAS4 harry t
ZAS4 simon t
ZAS4 malusi t
ZAS4 tejan t
ZAS4 sean t
ZAS4 alison t
ZAS4 mxo t
ZAS4 bonnie t
ZAS4 letshego t
ZAS4 hykie t
Vote: 3-2 5-2-2-1 5-4-1 8-1 4-3-1 No Vote 2-1-0 No Vote 4-1-1 4-1-1-1 5-4 4-2-1-1 4-0 3-0 3-2 3-1 1-0 8-3[1]
Black Cowrie
Alison Tasleem Tasleem Bonnie Alison Alison Bonnie
Hykie Harry Tasleem Harry Harry Simon Malusi Tejan Sean Alison MXO None Jury Vote
Letshego Tsepho Tasleem Carmel Harry Simon Malusi Hykie Sean Alison MXO Bonnie
Bonnie Harry Tasleem Harry Malusi Simon Malusi Tejan Sean Alison MXO None Hykie
MXO Absent Philicity Vanessa Roxy Tejan Letshego Tejan Letshego Hykie Hykie Hykie
Alison Lukhanyo Jacques Vanessa Roxy Tejan Bonnie Hykie Letshego Hykie Letshego
Sean Lukhanyo Philicity Vanessa Roxy Tejan Bonnie Tejan Letshego Hykie
Tejan Tsepho Tasleem Carmel Harry Simon Malusi Hykie Hykie
Malusi Tsepho Tasleem Carmel Harry Simon MXO Letshego
Simon Lukhanyo Jacques Vanessa Roxy Tejan Letshego
Harry Tsepho Tasleem Carmel Hykie Hykie
Roxy Absent Philicity Sindi MXO Hykie
Vanessa Absent Philicity Sindi Evacuated Hykie
Sindi Sean Roxy Vanessa
Jacques Absent Philicity Quit
Carmel Harry Tasleem Harry
Tasleem Tsepho Bonnie
Tsepho Harry
Philicity Exiled Roxy
Lukhanyo Sean




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