Survivor SA

Survivor SA: Island of Secrets – FAQs

17 August 2018
If you’re desperate to enter Survivor South Africa Season 7: Island of Secrets but you have a few burning questions, this is a good place to start.
Survivor SA S7 FAQ


What is Survivor?
Survivor South Africa is a reality television series which places a group of strangers on an isolated island location where they must provide food, fire and shelter for themselves. The contestants compete in challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. The aim of the game is to literally “Outwit, Outplay, Outlast” fellow competitors. Contestants are progressively voted off the island by their fellow Castaways, until only one remains and is given the title of Sole Survivor and the grand prize of R1 Million.

Who should enter?
Anyone who is an avid fan of the series and who has an intimate understanding of how the game works should enter.

Is there an age restriction for entry?
Yes. Contestants must be 18 years old or older on 30 November 2018.

Do I have to be a South African citizen?
Yes. You must be a South African citizen or have permanent residence status. You will be required to show proof of identity. You must also have a passport that is valid until November 2019.

Can I enter online?
Yes, entries will take place online only, on www.mnet.tv/survivorsa.

In the online application, they suggest submitting a video. How important is this?
All online entrants should submit a video to enter Season 7. Video uploads, and YouTube video links will be allowed.

What should the video cover?
The video should feature you authentically. Play to your strengths, have some fun and bowl us over with your on-screen presence, and most importantly, your game plan. You need to tell us everything we need to know about why you would be perfect for Survivor South Africa. Be yourself. Be as creative as you like! A few questions you may want to answer in your submission could include: 

  1. Your name, age, where you live and what you do.
  2. What do you love about Survivor?
  3. Why are you applying for Survivor South Africa
  4. Why should you be part of the show?
  5. Who is your favourite Survivor contestant of all time?

How long should it be?
No longer than 3 minutes please.

But I am not a professional cameraperson and I don’t have a camera!
Don’t panic! We are not judging your camera skills – we just want to see you in action. You can use your phone – the video quality is not important.

Which photos are needed to enter?
Please upload two recent photos: a ‘head and shoulders’ photo that shows your face, and a full length body photo, wearing swimwear you are comfortable in.

Why do I need to submit a photo of myself in swimwear as part of my application? 
We need to make sure that no matter who you are or what you look like, that you’re going to be comfortable to be seen on TV in your swimwear. After all, you could be on the island for a very long time! We welcome all body shapes and sizes.

When does filming take place?
Filming takes place during the following period: January 2019 to April 2019.

How much time off work will I need to take?
If you are successful and are shortlisted for the show, you will need to be available for 2-3 days in November/December to meet the producers and selection team, as well as for physical and medical assessments. Following that, the production team will send you more information. If you are selected, the production team can also issue a confidential letter to your employer to explain that you will be taking part in the show.

If you are selected to take part in Survivor SA, you could be away from work for up to 50 days during January to April 2019, should you make it all the way to the final Tribal Council.

When do online entries close?
Online entries close on 30 September 2018. No late entries will be considered. The sooner you submit your application the better.

Where is the show taking place?
The location of this season of Survivor South Africa will remain a secret until filming starts in 2019.

What is the prize for winning the show?
Apart from the title of Sole Survivor, there will be a R1 Million cash prize for the winner.

When will Survivor South Africa be broadcast?
The show will be broadcast in 2019 on M-Net channel 101.

Who is the host of the show?
The host of the show is Nico Panagio.

Who is producing Survivor South Africa?
Afrokaans Film and Television is producing Survivor South Africa.