Name: Tejan Pillay
Previous season: Survivor South Africa: Maldives S4
Tejan Pillay is a 40-year-old electrical engineer with a master’s degree in engineering – originally from Verulam but now living in Johannesburg. The self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness has worked for Eskom for 21 years and has been with his partner for 11.
He says he lives and loves life, considering himself something of a renaissance man and jack of all trades who enjoys the simple things in life. Pillay is in the best physical shape of his life and has trained hard for this moment to return to Survivor SA. He has a black belt in karate, a final brown in kickboxing, and did some cage fighting.
He took pride in his status as one of Survivor SA’s early villains, getting a lot of validation from being part of the world’s greatest game. He’s accepted his Survivor Conniver nickname and embraced the fact that his play made him a castaway to be reckoned with. He’ll be keeping a keen eye out to see who he can trust – but doesn’t plan to give his trust away cheaply.