South African actress and TV personality Ntando Duma is one of six celebrity contestants in the ninth season of Tropika Island of Treasure, set in the beautiful Caribbean island of Curaçao.
This reality TV competition sees celebrities and public contestants battle it out in a brutal series of obstacles to win the R1-million cash prize.
Ntando recently opened up about her career, life and appearing in Tropika Island of Treasure.
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"Firstly, I love challenges. I've watched the show before and know it's all about challenges, so I was really looking forward to being a part of it. I like to push myself, and although the challenges aren't easy, I really wanted to see what I am capable of," she says.
The mom of one has been paired with Siphosethu Colo from KwaMashu, Durban. She describes her ultimate teammate as "someone who has a great personality and who can think on their feet". "I think I scored the jackpot with Sethu being my #TeamPineapple teammate, he’s amazing!" she adds.
Ntando is a popular MC, TV presenter and mom to a beautiful little girl, but emphasises that fame means absolutely nothing without hard work. "Fame does not pay your bills. Don’t think that just because you are famous, things are going to come your way. At the end of the day it all boils down to hard work," she says.
Considering the cut-throat limelight, Ntando has definitely faced a few challenges. "The biggest challenge I have had is being able to deal with negative people on social media. I started posting on social media a long time ago and over the years I have had to learn how to navigate that. I must say that now, I am okay. I have learnt how to deal with it through reminding myself that the industry functions in a certain way and there are parts of the industry I cannot change. It's just important for me to not only take it, but to know how to take it so that it does not affect me," she stresses.
When asked about what can be expected from her for the rest of this year, she expresses that she's going to take things one day at a time. "I always say whatever comes, goes. I always like to expect the unexpected. You’ll have to wait and see."
Catch Ntando Duma and her #TeamPineapple teammate, Siphosethu Colo, in action on Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao on SABC3 every Tuesday at 7:30.