Survivor: Santa Carolina is the third season of Survivor South Africa. The premiere aired on the 20th of January 2010.

42 year-old exotic dancer GiGi van Schalkwyk defeated 42 year-old TV presenter Ashley Hayden in a 6-3 vote, winning the R1 million prize.

Production

The season was filmed on the small island of Santa Carolina, a member of the Bazaruto Archipelago off the southern coast of Mozambique. The castaways (eight women and ten men) lived amongst white sand beaches, coral reefs and buildings left abandoned by the Mozambican Civil War, including a prison and a hotel. The two original tribes were named Chibudu and Timbila, after local Chopi words for "harmony" and "togetherness", and the merged tribe name, Kululama, means "strength."

The season was filmed between November and December 2009, and Nico Panagio replaced Mark Bayly as host.

Twists/Changes

  • Celebrities: Eighteen South African celebrities would battle for the prize of R1 million, half of which for a charity of their choice.
  • Separated Maroonings: The contestants were divided in two groups. One group with seven castaways were marooned on the beach to start building the camp, while the other group, with the remaining eleven castaways were marooned at the desert, would get crates with items for the camp life. They would reunite later at Day 1.
  • First Impressions: At Day 1, before reuniting with the other group, the group of eleven castaways were instructed to vote for the two members they think was the weakest of the group.
  • Schoolyard Pick: The two members voted as the weakest were taken away from the group to the Exile Island. Later that day, they were sent to meet the other contestants, were they would chose the tribes with a Schoolyard Pick.
  • Exile Island: After a Reward Challenge, the winning tribe would chose one member of the losing tribe to be sent to the Exile Island, were they would stay until the next Immunity Challenge.
  • Kidnapping: The person chosen to be sent to the Exile Island would chose someone of the other tribe to "replace" them on their tribe while they were out.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol : One Hidden Immunity Idol were hidden in each camp. They must be played at Tribal Council before the votes were cast.
  • Capture: At Day 13, the tribes were instructed to chose one ambassador to go to the other tribe and "capture" one of their members to live with them from that time on. They also had the right to get one valuable item of the other camp.
  • Tiebreaker: In an event of a tie vote, the votes cast against the players in question from previous Tribal Councils will be taken into account. The castaway that had more votes would be eliminated from the game. In the event of being the first Tribal Council of the tribe or a tied number of votes, a "skill challenge" would take place. The castaways tied would count sixty seconds. The castaways who was the closest to a real one minute, would win, and the loser would be eliminated.
  • Public Vote: After the Final Tribal Council, the public would vote for their favorite finalist. The finalist with most number of votes would get an extra vote to win.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Post-Kidnap Tribe Merged Tribe
ZAS3 christina t.png Christina Storm
35, Cape Town, WC
Lucinda Greyling Help Fund
Chibudu Quit
Day 3
0
ZAS3 garth t.png Garth Collins
43, Johannesburg, GP
South African Guide Dogs Association
Chibudu 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7
ZAS3 jubjub t.png Jub Jub Maarohanye
29, Johannesburg, GP
Ithuteng Trust
Chibudu Quit
Day 6
1
ZAS3 cindy t.png Cindy Nell
28, Johannesburg, GP
WAG and The Chrysalis Foundation
Timbila 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
8
ZAS3 craig t.png Craig Jacobs
35, Cape Town, WC
The Trust
Chibudu 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
5
ZAS3 ladylea t.png Lady Lea Moscou Barrett
29, Johannesburg, GP
The Wet Nose Animal Rescue Center
Timbila 4th Voted Out
Day 11
6
ZAS3 darren t.png Darren Maule
37, Johannesburg, GP
Wesley Flavell Heart Foundation
Timbila 5th Voted Out
Day 12
6
ZAS3 sandi t.png Sandi Schultz
45, Johannesburg, GP
Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust
Timbila Timbila 6th Voted Out
Day 14
6
ZAS3 hanna t.png Hanna Grobler
28, Johannesburg, GP
Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation
Chibudu Chibudu Kululama 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 15
6
ZAS3 louw t.png Louw Venter
34, Cape Town, WC
MyLifE Foundation
Timbila Timbila 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 17
10
ZAS3 okkert t.png Okkert Brits
36, Port Elizabeth, EC
Give Me a Chance Foundation
Chibudu Chibudu 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 18
8
ZAS3 gys t.png Gys de Villiers
49, Knysna, WC
Homes for Kids in South Africa
Chibudu Timbila 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 21
4
ZAS3 izak t.png Izak Davel
26, Johannesburg, GP
Ons Huis Trust
Timbila Chibudu 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 23
3
ZAS3 kaseran t.png Kaseran Pillay
34, Johannesburg, GP
Durban Children's Home
Timbila Timbila 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 25
7
ZAS3 sade t.png Sade Giliberti
24, Johannesburg, GP
Childline
Chibudu Chibudu 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 26
7
ZAS3 proverb t.png ProVerb Thekisho
28, Johannesburg, GP
Bophelo Care Center, Kimberly
Timbila Timbila 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 27
9
ZAS3 ashley t.png Ashley Hayden
42, Johannesburg, GP
The Homestead - Projects for Street Children
Timbila Timbila Runner-Up 0
ZAS3 gigi t.png GiGi van Schalkwyk
42, Johannesburg, GP
Hospice Houghton, Johannesburg
Chibudu Chibudu Sole Survivor 2

Season Summary

Day 1 saw the celebrities marooned on various beaches off the coast of Mozambique, with the larger group exiling Kaseran Pillay and Craig Jacobs once they were introduced to the new host, Nico Panagio. Day 2 saw the entire cast be divided into two tribes: Chibudu and Timbila ; with Kaseran and Craig performing a Schoolyard Pick. Chibudu were plagued with two tribe members quitting days apart, and they were also forced to vote out their strongest member due to an injury at the beginning of the game. However, they overcame the odds against the larger Timbila tribe in a majority of the challenges under the leadership of Okkert Brits. Timbila saw a core alliance form between Ashley Hayden and Kaseran, controlling vote after vote to pick off non-alliance members.

At the merge, the original alliances were tied with 5 members each, with a tiebreaker challenge shifting the balance in favour of the Timbila alliance. However, cross-tribal relationships that formed between Izak Davel and Okkert led to the Timbila alliance losing Louw Venter and their majority at the next vote, due to a vote countback system in the event of tie votes. A Reward Challenge win by the three remaining women in the game, Ashley, GiGi van Schalkwyk, and Sade Giliberti, saw a second cross-tribal alliance form; Sade and GiGi in the Chibudu alliance would vote for future targets, while Ashley's Timbila alliance would force ties to systematically eliminate as many of the physically stronger men in both alliances.

This protected all three women and Ashley's closest ally Kaseran until the final five, when Ashley had to betray the comedian for her women's alliance. At the final four, the women's alliance turned on Sade for being the youngest and strongest player left, and Ashley won a record-breaking fifth consecutive Immunity Challenge to secure a spot in the final two. She voted out the last remaining man in the competition, the rapper ProVerb Thekisho, over the quiet former Exotic Dancer and businesswoman, GiGi. The Final Tribal Council saw the Jury at odds with Ashley's deceptive strategy, with Louw and Kaseran taking Ashley's betrayals to heart. After the votes were cast, the South African audience were given an opportunity to vote for either Ashley or GiGi to receive the public's jury vote. At the reunion, while South Africa voted for Ashley, it was revealed that the jury respected GiGi's underestimated social game over Ashley's ruthless strategic prowess. Thus, GiGi was awarded the title of Ultimate Survivor in a 6-3 vote and split the grand prize with the charity of her choice. During the reunion, both Kaseran and Louw stated they no longer held resentment towards Ashley since returning to South Africa after production had ended.[1]

Episode Air date Challenges Exiled Kidnapped Eliminated
(Vote)
Finish
Reward Immunity
1 January 20, 2010 Timbila Craig None Christina
(No Vote)
Quit
Day 3
Kaseran Garth
(7-1)
1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 January 27, 2010 Timbila Chibudu Gys Izak Jub Jub
(No Vote)
Quit
Day 6
Cindy
(8-1)
2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 February 3, 2010 Chibudu Timbila None None Craig
(5-1)
3rd Voted Out
Day 9
4 February 10, 2010 Chibudu Chibudu Darren Okkert Lady Lea
(6-1-1)
4th Voted Out
Day 11
5 February 17, 2010 Chibudu1 None None Darren
(6-1)
5th Voted Out
Day 12
6 February 24, 2010 Chibudu Chibudu None None Sandi
(5-1)
6th Voted Out
Day 14
(Gys)2
7 March 3, 2010 None Kaseran ProVerb Hanna
(5-5;
Tiebreaker)3
7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 15
8 March 10, 2010 GiGi,
Kaseran,
Okkert
Kaseran Louw
(4-4-1;
Tiebreaker)4
8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 17
9 March 17, 2010 Sade
[Ashley,
GiGi]
Izak Okkert
(4-4;
Tiebreaker)4
9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 18
10 March 24, 2010 Gys Ashley Gys
(3-2-1-1)
10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 21
11 March 31, 2010 Izak
[Ashley]
Ashley Izak
(2-2-2;
Tiebreaker)4
11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 23
12 April 7, 2010 Kaseran Ashley Kaseran
(3-2)
12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 25
13 April 14, 2010 None Ashley Sade
(3-1)
13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 26
Ashley ProVerb
(1-0)
14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 27
14 April 21, 2010 Jury Vote Ashley
(6-3)
Runner-Up
GiGi
(6-3)
Sole Survivor
15 April 28, 2010 Highlights Show
Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 Due to Gys being kidnapped, he was immune during Tribal Council.
^3 A deadlocked tie occurred, but due to both players not having any previous votes against them, a tiebreaker challenge was held between the
tied players to determine the elimination.

^4 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per Survivor South Africa rules, past votes were taken into account. The player with more past votes would be
eliminated.

Voting History

Voting History

Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Post-Kidnap
Tribes
Merged Tribe
Episode: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Voted Out: ZAS3 christina t.png
Christina
ZAS3 garth t.png
Garth
ZAS3 jubjub t.png
Jub Jub
ZAS3 cindy t.png
Cindy
ZAS3 craig t.png
Craig
ZAS3 ladylea t.png
Lady Lea
ZAS3 darren t.png
Darren
ZAS3 sandi t.png
Sandi
Tie ZAS3 hanna t.png
Hanna
Tie ZAS3 louw t.png
Louw
Tie ZAS3 okkert t.png
Okkert
ZAS3 gys t.png
Gys
Tie ZAS3 izak t.png
Izak
ZAS3 kaseran t.png
Kaseran
ZAS3 sade t.png
Sade
ZAS3 proverb t.png
ProVerb
ZAS3 ashley t.png
Ashley
ZAS3 gigi t.png
GiGi
Vote: No Vote1 7-1 No Vote1 8-1 5-1 6-1-1 6-1 5-1 5-52 Tiebreaker3 4-4-12 Past votes 4-42 Past votes 3-2-1-1 2-2-2 Past votes 3-2 3-1 1-04 6-35
GiGi Garth Craig Louw Louw ProVerb Kaseran Izak Kaseran Sade None Jury Vote
Ashley Cindy Lady Lea Darren Sandi Hanna Okkert Okkert Gys GiGi Kaseran Sade ProVerb
ProVerb Cindy Lady Lea Darren Sandi Hanna Okkert Okkert Izak Sade Sade Sade None Ashley
Sade Garth Craig Louw Louw ProVerb Kaseran Izak Kaseran ProVerb GiGi
Kaseran Cindy Lady Lea Darren Sandi Hanna Okkert Okkert Gys GiGi Sade GiGi
Izak Cindy Lady Lea Darren Hanna Gys Okkert Gys Sade Voted out Ashley
Gys Garth Craig Sandi Louw Louw ProVerb ProVerb GiGi
Okkert Garth Craig Louw Louw ProVerb Voted out GiGi
Louw Cindy Lady Lea Darren Sandi Hanna Okkert Voted out GiGi
Hanna Garth Craig Louw Voted out GiGi
Sandi Cindy Lady Lea Darren ProVerb
Darren Cindy Sandi Louw
Lady Lea Cindy ProVerb
Craig Garth Hanna
Cindy Kaseran
Jub Jub Garth Quit
Garth Jub Jub
Christina Quit
Notes:

^1 This castaway elected to quit the game. No vote occurred for their removal.
^2 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules at the time, past votes were taken into account. The player with more past votes would be eliminated.
^3 As both Hanna and Louw had the same number of past votes against them at that point, a tiebreaker challenge was held. Hanna lost the challenge, eliminating her from the game.
^4 GiGi and ProVerb did not vote as they could only vote for each other. By virtue of winning the Final Immunity Challenge, only Ashley voted.
^5 Amanda received a jury vote in a public vote.

Trivia

References

Survivor South Africa Seasons

Panama · Malaysia · Santa Carolina · Maldives · Champions · Philippines · Island of Secrets · Immunity Island

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