Zayn Nabbi is a castaway from Survivor South Africa: Panama.


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My intention isn't to win, but to increase my spirituality

Age: 24
Star sign: Virgo
Residence: Durban, KZN
Occupation: Journalist
Durban boy Zayn admits he won't win any Mr. Universe titles and that he's a loudmouth who likes political debates around the campfire; he's also a devoted Catholic and workaholic.
What you should know about him: Even though he's a little overweight, he plays rugby and hockey, and rugby is his all-time favourite sport. He likes political debates around the campfire and is a devoted Catholic.
What would you want to take to the island? 'My Bible.'
Describes himself as: 'An extroverted workaholic with a big mouth.'
Worst qualities: 'I can be arrogant and love to argue.'
Why will you win Survivor? "My intention isn't to win, but to increase my spirituality."
What did you think would make your entry unique? 'The fact that I'm pretty much a straight talker, and I tell it like it is. I think I also irritate older white males because of my beliefs: I endorse things like affirmative action. Being a rugby writer in Durban, I'm probably the most unpopular rugby writer in white rugby circles. My popularity sits high with black people ‧ and I mean all African people, coloured, Indian, black...'
Who was the first person you told? 'I ran out the office because I work at Independent Newspapers, and I didn't want any journalists catching on and putting it in the front page as a story, and I didn't want to be kicked off the show because of the confidentiality clauses!'
Why do you think you were chosen to be a Survivor? 'The fact that I'm a franchise. I'm not a model, I don't have a six-pack, I'm overweight, I'm not the best looking gent. But I'm a bloody good character, and that makes for good TV.'[2]

Survivor South Africa

Voting History

Zayn's Voting History
Episode Zayn's
Voted Against
1 Don -
2 Rana Tribe Immune
3 Rana Tribe Immune
4 Danielle -
5 No Elimination1
6 Rana Tribe Immune
7 Rana Tribe Immune
8 Brigitte -
9 Mzi -
10 Vanessa -
11 Lezel Lezel
12 Jacinda Gareth
13 Lost Challenge2
Voted Out, Day 27
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In Episode 5, despite Sanele's evacuation, Rana still attended Tribal Council. The person who received the most votes would be handed Sanele's torch and switched to Aguila. Zayn did not receive enough votes to be switched.
^2 On Day 28, the Final Four competed in an elimination challenge. Zayn placed last, and was eliminated from the game.



  • Zayn is the youngest castaway on Panama.


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