Survivor South Africa is a South African version of the global reality competition Survivor created by Charlie Parsons, in which contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes.
The show, produced by Endemol South Africa, uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing the contestants to vote off other tribe members until one final contestant remains and wins the title of "Ultimate Survivor" (in most other countries the title is "Sole Survivor").
Survivor South Africa was announced by pay channel M-Net on Tuesday 11 April, 2006 and premiered on Sunday 3 September, 2006. It later aired on DStv's M-Net Series and M-Net HD channels.
The season was filmed in the islands amidst the South China Sea. The castaways were 20 regular citizens of South Africa, led by two team captains, former Springbok rugby captain, Corné Krige and former Bafana Bafana player, Mark Fish. The team captains compete in all the team challenges, involve themselves in tribal life, and take part in Tribal Council. However, they cannot be voted out of the game, and they cannot vote at Tribal Council. On Day 27 the team captains alongside the Jury vote for the castaway they believe is the Ultimate Survivor and the R1 million grand prize. The team captains also play for a separate prize of R500,000.00 decided by the South African public.
Tribal Council looms for the losers of the immunity challenge. The tribe captains receive private and confidential letters.
As the captains and their tribes adjust to the extreme weather conditions and lack of food, alliances are formed and betrayed. A surprise visitor could give the teams a huge advantage.
As food supplies start to run low, emotions are running high and tempers flare. A crucial error lands a tribe member in trouble at Tribal Council.
A surprise twist is announced and a broken promise has the castaways scrambling. A cricketing legend joins the captains and the tribes for the reward challenge.
Jonty Rhodes joins the game with a box of goodies for one lucky Tribe.
A Storm is coming as the two Tribes find out that there will be a Tribe shuffle.
When the Seletan tribe discovers who was voted out of Utara's last tribal council, they seek revenge. Another blindside surprises the tribes.
The Castaways battle it out for a reward that promises to refresh them. Two Sports presenters, Carol Tshabalala and Derek Alberts, lend their voices to the game.
The big day has finally arrived - the tribes are merging. But what will happen to the captains? Corné and Mark are in for a big surprise; one that could be a game-changer for the castaways.
The individual game kicks off and pre-merge alliances are under threat. At Tribal Council, the castaways are shocked to learn of the Salvation Cup and the captains' new roles. But, an even bigger revelation awaits them.
Betrayal and conflict plague the Juara tribe in the South China Sea. A single castaway's decision could destroy one of the strongest alliances and change the course of the game.
The sneaky Castaways have tasted the thrill of executing well-plotted blindsides and now they're unstoppable. They're amped to make even bolder moves in this week's Episode, but when host Nico Panagio announces at the Immunity Challenge that there will be a twist at Tribal Council, they have to reconsider their next moves.
The Contestants can smell the R1 Million prize now and they'll do anything to get their hands on it. Alliances aren't worth the handshakes that cemented them and the lies are getting bigger, bolder, and glossier.
They're hungry, tired, dirty and obsessed with becoming South Africa's new Ultimate Survivor -- and just the thought of jumping into a disgusting, foul-smelling mud pit to win a reward is something they'd rather not deal with. But once the remaining six Castaways find out what awaits the winner of this Challenge, they're more motivated than ever before.
The remaining five Survivors are experiencing the meaning of the word 'hunger' like never before. At last week's Tribal Council, ousted Altaaf took revenge by emptying his bag of rice in the fire, but it's not only the lack of food in their bellies that's leading to desperate measures. Also, this week, Captains Mark Fish and Corne Krige will also be duelling for the Salvation Cup for the last time. The outcome of this duel is extremely important for Sivu and Buhle, who know that they should use the winning Captain's right to annul one vote. They also realise that playing their secret Hidden Immunity Idol at the wrong time could be disastrous.
In the final four does a promise still carry any weight? Can a promise be broken or will fire decide the fate.