Cape Town's Ncumisa voted off

2006-09-24 19:05
Cape Town - After escaping tribal council for two weeks in a row, the Rana tribe was back in the hot seat - voting off bubbly skilles trainer Ncumisa Ngcaweni.

Ncumisa, 30, from Cape Town is the fourth person to be voted off Survivor South Africa.

Four votes sealed her fate, while fashion producer Danielle, who nearly got the boot at Rana's previous tribal council, drew two votes.

Ncumisa's departure suggested a possible shift in strategy for team member Lezel. Even though she said that survival depended on relationships and that she felt more comfortable with Ncumisa and Zayn than the other team members, she turned against Ncumisa when it counted.

Tribal council left viewers with a number of unanswered questions: Did Lezel vote for Ncumisa to avoid exposing her loyalties, in the event of a tie between Danielle or Ncumisa? Or has she formed a secret alliance with another tribe member? Her tears at the end of tribal council merely added to the uncertainty.

A disappointed Ncumisa was not entirely surprised by the outcome. She had told viewers more than once that her survival depended on securing the immunity idol.

Angry Nico fights back

As fate would have it, Ncumisa returned the idol to host Mark Bayly at this week's immunity challenge. In the challenge the tribes had to build a puzzle pipeline to transport water from a water wheel to a barrel at the other end.

Last week Rana members were still struggling to make fire, using everything they could lay their hands on - even the lenses of Ncumisa's glasses; this week brought an end to the ordeal of raw fish and uncooked food for the Survivor underdogs.

In a first for Survivor both tribes could win a reward, as the reward challenge, a treasure hunt, took place on their separate islands. Gareth and Lezel won flint for Rana while Aguila won a bottle of rice.

Eccentric restaurateur Nico was not a happy man after last week's shock tribal council twist. Going back to Aguila with one vote against his name, he exploded, accusing his tribe of sticking knives in his back.

He soon realised, though, that he needed to regain the support of the tribe if he wanted to stay on. So he quickly volunteered to undertake the treasure hunt with Mzi and worked frenziedly around the camp site.

Time will tell whether Sanele's shoulder injury will benefit Nico.

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