Lorette's new life

2007-11-17 00:00

“THIS is all very new to me,” says 36-year-old Lorette Mostert, the winner of Survivor. “I feel a bit out of my league. But I'm enjoying it!”

At 5 pm on Thursday, Mostert has been on the trot the whole day in interviews and various photoshoots, but she's relaxed and a pleasure to interview.

“I'm enjoying seeing how other people spend their day,” she says of the publicity reps who are transporting her from one session to the next.

“But if I am honest, I am looking forward to getting my old life back. We're given 26 days of leave and I've taken 35 already!

“I had it all worked out - I took this week off so that on Monday and Tuesday I could be available for the dress rehearsal [of Survivor], Wednesday was the show, Thursday I could wrap things up and Friday I could spend doing mom things like shopping. But I didn't know I would win and what winning would entail!”

Mostert has been involved in the South African Police Service for close on 18 years, working in recent years as superintendent. She will soon be moving to the crime prevention unit.

“I enjoy that much more,” she says enthusiastically. “It's more one-on-one in the blue uniform, more involved with the community and the people we serve.”

So was a career in the police force what she intended?

“When you're small you always dream of becoming a fireman or a policeman or something like that. When I left school I discovered I could become a policewoman and that was that!

“And the guys are very supportive,” she says about being a woman on the force. “If the men can see that you are willing to do what they do and not be meek and mild they respect you. It's little things like offering to drive and not expecting the door to be opened for you … they notice all those things.”

Mostert says her husband Johann has had to fill an extra role with her recent high-profile TV appearances. “I saw my children briefly yesterday for half and hour and they were a bit confused with all this, and all they said was ‘Ma, ons is moeg' (Mom, we're tired).

“But my husband has been a wonderful support. I think when we get some time to just sit down and talk about this as a family it will be better for the kids.”

Mostert admits she and her family aren't avid TV watchers, but got hooked on the American Survivor in its second season.

“We're outdoor people and not very fond of TV all the time, but since I watched that Survivor with Colby in it I couldn't stop! That encouraged me to enter the local one.”

Mostert was the People's Choice winner, voted in to the show by the public in a nationwide poll, and she is still a public favourite.

Asked about how she enjoys the local production compared to the overseas Survivor, Mostert is refreshingly honest.

“The first series didn't look that impressive, but I thought the second one was better. When you see what has to be done with a limited budget and resources, I think they did a good job.

“South Africa is doing well on numerous levels. I think we're getting there.”

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