Digital marketing manager from Somerset West, Nicole Wilmans (26) clinched the title of Sole Survivor and won the R1 million in the 8th season of Survivor South Africa.
The 2-hour finale of Survivor SA: Immunity Island – part Wild Coast-filmed, part studio-bound reunion show, saw all of the castaways returning to a reconstructed tribal council set in Silverline Studios in Cape Town.
Viewers first saw Francois "Chappies" Chapman (32) from Centurion getting his torch snuffed as one of the final three castaways.
While Chappies was widely favoured and predicted to be the winner after stacking multiple consecutive immunity challenge wins during the course of the 39-day season, Nicole took down the challenge beast snatching the last immunity challenge win from him.
That left Nicole and Anela Majozi (25), a math teacher and rugby coach from Johannesburg, as the final two castaways who had to plead their case before and canvass for votes from the jury.
In the end, Nicole's blend of sheer tenacity and integrity was enough to sway the jury in her favour, trouncing Anela in the final vote.
"I don't even know where to begin. I'm just so grateful for everyone that did vote for me and to just have shared this experience with all of these amazing people and to be the sole survivor with such a phenomenal cast. It's mind-blowing," said Nicole.
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Along with a spot in the Survivor history books, Chappies was also selected as the Survivor South Africa Mahindra Fan Favourite, picking up a Mahindra KUV100 #Dare ahead of Renier, Santoni and Kiran.