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Survivor South Africa: Panama is the first season of the South African version of Survivor. The premiere aired on the 3rd of September 2006.

Vanessa Marawa defeated Jacinda Louw in a 3-2 vote, winning the R1 million prize.

Production

A South African version of global reality phenomenon Survivor was announced by pay channel M-Net on Tuesday 11 April 2006, and was filmed on the Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama from June 6.

In Survivor South Africa: Panama 14 contestants were chosen from a shortlist of 700, with six additional contestants selected as replacements in case any of the original 14 were unable to take part through injury or other reasons. Entries opened for the show on April 11 and closed on May 15. More than 18,000 South Africans applied to be on the show. Pierre van Niekerk (49), a resident of Rietfontein in Pretoria, entered 1,000 times.

The show was filmed from June 6, 2006 until early July.

On July 16 M-Net announced the host of the show - Capetonian Mark Bayly, who auditioned to be a contestant and was hired as presenter instead.

Survivor South Africa: Panama was filmed in the Pearl Islands at the same time as five other Survivor productions: Holland, Denmark, Greece, Sweden and Turkey.[1]

Twists/Changes

  • Unexpected Start: The contestant were being taken to a place to take some pictures to promote the season, when the pilot of the plane they were in faked an emergency landing near a Panamanian village. The host then appeared to announce that the game had started. The tribes were divided and they were told that they would have only their belongs that could fit in one back pack for each tribe.
  • Future Vote: After Jude Wilken quit at Tribal Council, the host Mark Bayly announced to the remaining Aguila tribe they would still have to vote. After Mark read the votes, he announced that the person who had received the majority of the votes would already have a vote cast against them at their next Tribal Council.
  • Life Donation: As Sanele Gumede was medevaced, his torch wasn't extinguished. At Rana's Tribal Council next night, he showed up to give his "life" to the person who was voted out, who will be joining the Aguila tribe in his place.
  • Dead Man's Island: Starting at the merge, the castaways voted out at Tribal Council would be exiled to an island called Dead Man's Island without knowledge of the castaways remaining at the game, where they would wait to compete for two spots to re-enter the game at the Final Three.
  • Semi-Finals: At the second Final Four, the castaways would compete in a challenge where the first person out would be eliminated from the game, the last person standing would be the first finalist, and the other two people would compete in another challenge to define the second finalist.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Dead Man's
Island Status
Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
ZAS1 don t Don Soper
54, Hurlingham Manor, GT
Rana 1st Voted Out
Day 3
4
ZAS1 sam t Sam Allerton
30, Hogsback, EC
Aguila 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
5
ZAS1 jude t Jude Wilken
39, Kempton Park, GT
Aguila Quit
Day 8
0
ZAS1 ncumisa t Ncumisa Ngcaweni
30, Kenilworth, WC
Rana 3th Voted Out
Day 10
4
ZAS1 sanele t Sanele Gumede
27, Sandton, GT
Aguila Evacuated
Day 12
0
ZAS1 danielle t Danielle Vukic
35, Green Point, WC
Rana Aguila 4th Voted Out
Day 14
8
ZAS1 nico t Nico Hinis
43, Parkhurst, GT
Aguila Aguila 5th Voted Out
Day 16
5
ZAS1 lezel t Lezel Crook
28, Llandudno, WC
Rana Rana Burba 9th Voted Out
Day 24
1st Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 25
9
ZAS1 brigitte t Brigitte Willers
24, Auckland Park, GT
Aguila Aguila 6th Voted Out
Day 19
2nd Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 25
5
ZAS1 gareth t Gareth Tjasink
27, Sunninghill, GT
Rana Rana 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
3
ZAS1 zayn t Zayn Nabbi
24, Durban, NL
Rana Rana Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 28
2
ZAS1 mzi t Mzi Tyhokolo
31, Honeydew Ridge, GT
Aguila Aguila 7th Voted Out
Day 21
Returnee
Day 25
6
Eliminated
5th Jury Member
Day 29
ZAS1 jacinda t Jacinda Louw
25, Bedfordview, GT
Rana Rana Runner-Up 1
ZAS1 vanessa t Vanessa Marawa
27, La Lucia, NL
Aguila Aguila 8th Voted Out
Day 22
Returnee
Day 25
6
Sole Survivor

Season Summary

Episode Air Date Dead Man's Island Challenges Voted Off Vote Finish
Inhabitant(s) Eliminated Finish Reward Immunity
1 September 3, 2006 Aguila Aguila Don 4-3 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 September 10, 2006 Aguila Rana Sam 5-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 September 17, 2006 Aguila Rana Jude No Vote Quit
Day 8
4 September 24, 2006 Aguila Aguila Ncumisa 4-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 10
Rana
5 October 1, 2006 Aguila Aguila Sanele No Vote Evacuated
Day 12
6 October 8, 2006 Aguila Rana Danielle 3-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 14
7 October 15, 2006 Rana Rana Nico 3-1 5th Voted Out
Day 16
8 October 22, 2006 None Gareth Brigitte 4-3 6th Voted Out
Day 19
9 October 29, 2006 Brigitte Jacinda
[Lezel]
Gareth Mzi 4-2 7th Voted Out
Day 21
10 November 5, 2006 Brigitte Vanessa
[Gareth]
Gareth Vanessa 4-1 8th Voted Out
Day 22
Mzi
11 November 12, 2006 Brigitte Gareth Gareth Lezel 3-1 9th Voted Out
Day 24
Mzi
Vanessa
12 November 19, 2006 Brigitte Lezel 1st Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 25
None Mzi Gareth 3-1-1 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
Lezel Brigitte 2nd Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 25
Mzi Mzi Returnees
Day 25
Vanessa Vanessa
13 November 26, 2006 None Vanessa Zayn No Vote1 Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 28
Mzi No Vote2 Eliminated
5th Jury Member
Day 29
Jacinda
Jury Vote Jacinda 3-2 Runner Up
Vanessa Sole Survivor
Notes:
^1 The Final Four competed in an elimination challenge, with the first placer going straight to the Final Tribal Council. Vanessa came in first, while Zayn finished last in the challenge, eliminating him from the game.
^2 Jacinda and Mzi competed in a second challenge to determine the second person at the Final Tribal Council. Jacinda won, eliminating Mzi from the game.

Voting History

Survivor South Africa: Panama Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Voted Out: ZAS1 don t
Don
ZAS1 sam t
Sam
ZAS1 jude t
Jude
ZAS1 ncumisa t
Ncumisa
ZAS1 sanele t
Sanele
ZAS1 danielle t
Danielle
ZAS1 nico t
Nico
ZAS1 brigitte t
Brigitte
ZAS1 mzi t
Mzi
ZAS1 vanessa t
Vanessa
ZAS1 lezel t
Lezel
ZAS1 gareth t
Gareth
ZAS1 zayn t
Zayn
ZAS1 mzi t
Mzi
ZAS1 jacinda t
Jacinda
ZAS1 vanessa t
Vanessa
Vote: 4-3 5-2 No vote 4-2 No vote 3-2-1 3-1 4-3 4-2 4-1 3-1 3-1-1 No Vote1 No Vote2 3-2
Vanessa Sam Danielle Nico Lezel Lezel Lezel Gareth Jury Vote
Jacinda Don Ncumisa Brigitte Mzi Vanessa Lezel Gareth
Mzi Sam Danielle Nico Lezel Lezel Gareth Eliminated Vanessa
Zayn Don Danielle Brigitte Mzi Vanessa Lezel Jacinda Eliminated Vanessa
Gareth Don Ncumisa Brigitte Mzi Vanessa Lezel Zayn Jacinda
Lezel Danielle Ncumisa Brigitte Mzi Vanessa Zayn Eliminated Jacinda
Brigitte Vanessa Mzi Nico Lezel Eliminated Vanessa
Nico Sam Danielle Brigitte
Danielle Don Ncumisa Nico
Sanele Sam Evacuated Nico
Ncumisa Danielle Danielle
Jude Sam Quit
Sam Vanessa
Don Danielle
Notes:
^1 The Final Four competed in an elimination challenge, with the first placer going straight to the Final Tribal Council. Vanessa came in first, while Zayn finished last in the challenge, eliminating him from the game.
^2 Jacinda and Mzi competed in a second challenge to determine the second person at the Final Tribal Council. Jacinda won, eliminating Mzi from the game.

Trivia

References

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