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Survivor: Santa Carolina is the third season of the South African version of Survivor. 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 Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
ZAS3 christina t Christina Storm
35, Cape Town, WC
Actress
Chibudu Quit
Day 3
0
ZAS3 garth t Garth Collins
43, Johannesburg, GP
Actor
Chibudu 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7
ZAS3 jubjub t Jub Jub Maarohanye
29, Johannesburg, GP
Musician
Chibudu Quit
Day 6
1
ZAS3 cindy t Cindy Nell
28, Johannesburg, GP
Former Miss SA
Timbila 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
8
ZAS3 craig t Craig Jacobs
35, Cape Town, WC
Fashion Designer
Chibudu 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
5
ZAS3 ladylea t Lady Lea Moscou Barrett
29, Johannesburg, GP
DJ
Timbila 4th Voted Out
Day 11
6
ZAS3 darren t Darren Maule
37, Johannesburg, GP
Comedian
Timbila 5th Voted Out
Day 12
6
ZAS3 sandi t Sandi Schultz
45, Johannesburg, GP
Actress
Timbila Timbila 6th Voted Out
Day 14
6
ZAS3 hanna t Hanna Grobler
28, Johannesburg, GP
Actress
Chibudu Chibudu Kululama 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 15
6
ZAS3 louw t Louw Venter
34, Cape Town< WC
Actor
Timbila Timbila 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 17
10
ZAS3 okkert t Okkert Brits
36, Port Elizabeth, EC
Sportsman
Chibudu Chibudu 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 18
8
ZAS3 gys t Gys de Villiers
49, Knysna, WC
Actor
Chibudu Timbila 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 21
4
ZAS3 izak t Izak Davel
26, Johannesburg, GP
Actor
Timbila Chibudu 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 23
3
ZAS3 kaseran t Kaseran Pillay
34, Johannesburg, GP
Comedian
Timbila Timbila 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 25
7
ZAS3 sade t Sade Giliberti
24, Johannesburg, GP
Presenter
Chibudu Chibudu 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 26
7
ZAS3 proverb t ProVerb Thekisho
28, Johannesburg, GP
Recording Artist
Timbila Timbila 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 27
9
ZAS3 ashley t Ashley Hayden
42, Johannesburg, GP
Presenter
Timbila Timbila Runner-Up 0
ZAS3 gigi t GiGi van Schalkwyk
42, Johannesburg, GP
Exotic Dancer
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 Guide

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


Voting History

Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Post-Capture
Tribes
Merged Tribes
Episode: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Finale
Voted Off: ZAS3 christina t
Christina
ZAS3 garth t
Garth
ZAS3 jubjub t
Jub Jub
ZAS3 cindy t
Cindy
ZAS3 craig t
Craig
ZAS3 ladylea t
Lady Lea
ZAS3 darren t
Darren
ZAS3 sandi t
Sandi
Tie ZAS3 hanna t
Hanna
Tie ZAS3 louw t
Louw
Tie ZAS3 okkert t
Okkert
ZAS3 gys t
Gys
Tie ZAS3 izak t
Izak
ZAS3 kaseran t
Kaseran
ZAS3 sade t
Sade
ZAS3 proverb t
ProVerb
ZAS3 ashley t
Ashley
ZAS3 gigi t
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
^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 got eliminated.
^3 As neither Hannah or Louw had any 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.

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