Name: Phil Dickson
Previous season: Survivor SA: Champions S5
Phil Dickson is a firefighter and paramedic, originally from KwaZulu-Natal but now working as a fire risk assessment manager in Johannesburg. He has two young children with his wife. Before graduating in the Top 5 of his firefighting class, Phil lived in the USA for a while, where he was part of a popular church band. He counts fishing, running, and training among his hobbies and studied game theory to prepare for Survivor SA.
He is a likeable guy with a mischievous streak. Although he is now a dedicated husband and father, he still resembles that naughty trickster he was more than a decade ago in Survivor SA: Champions.
Phil says that you cannot compare the Survivor game of Survivor SA S5 to the current version. He feels that in previous seasons, the castaways had a lot to learn about gameplay – which meant he was unprepared for the game and struggled at first to adapt.