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Survivor South Africa Season 8: Premiere Date and Cast

Updated May 4, 2020
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‘Survivor South Africa’ is the South African version of the reality adventure series based on the international ‘Survivor’ format adopted by many countries across the world. British television producer Charlie Parsons first created the show’s format for a Swedish version which aired on National Television in the year 1997, under the name, ‘Expedition Robinson.’

The first season of ‘Survivor South Africa’ premiered on M-net on September 3, 2006. It was filmed in the beautiful locales of Pearl Islands, Panama for 29 days straight.

The show begins with 18 to 20 contestants, stranded on a deserted island, where they strive to earn basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter, and water for themselves by competing in challenges and dodging eliminations by gaining immunity. As the contestants gradually decrease in numbers by way of evictions, the remaining contestants battle it out amongst themselves for the title of the ‘Ultimate Survivor’ and a grand prize of a whopping R1 million.

‘Survivor South Africa’ has a designated fan base who are also huge fans of the various formats of the reality series, especially ‘Survivor (US).’ Still, ‘Survivor South Africa’ has managed to garner decent popularity over the past 7 seasons.

Will the fans continue to receive their dose of adrenaline for yet another season or has it been pushed to an indefinite retirement? Let’s find out everything about ‘Survivor South Africa’ season 8.

Survivor South Africa Season 8 Release Date: When Will it Premiere?

‘Survivor South Africa’ Season 7 premiered on May 16, 2019, on M-net, and the season finale aired on September 12, 2019.

On September 26, 2019, the officials broke the unfortunate news of the show’s cancellation citing budget and scheduling issues, breaking many hearts in the process. Season 7 saw a substantial spike in the ratings; therefore, no one saw that coming! Speaking to a local network about the issue, the head of M-net, Kaye-Ann Williams said, “Obviously ratings and performance help us to make those decisions—but we’re not there yet for Survivor South Africa. It’s not that we don’t love it, we absolutely love it. And we’re all dying to do it, but the stars have to align.”

Well, seems like the stars have aligned and we have the ardent fans to thank for the positive development. The show was shelved for an indefinite period, but the official Twitter handle of ‘Survivor South Africa’ announced the renewal on December 8, 2019, crediting massive fan support for a shift in the network’s decision, causing it to bring the show back for another season.

‘Survivor South Africa’ season 8 was scheduled to release sometime in the second half of 2020. Filming was supposed to start in March 2020 and end in May 2020. But due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, the production was brought to a halt. On April 16, 2020, M-Net announced that the season has been postponed indefinitely. Under the current scenario, when it’s safe to restart filming, we can assume shooting to commence sometime later this year. In that case, ‘Survivor South Africa’ season 8 might premiere sometime in 2021. We will update this section as we learn more.

Survivor South Africa Season 8: Host and Contestants

The contestants of ‘Survivor South Africa’ change with each season, hence the cast for the show is not fixed. In ‘Survivor South Africa’ season 7, Robert “Rob” Bentele beat 20 strong-willed contestants, winning the title to take home the prize money. The notable contestants from Season 7 are Laetitia le Roux, Durão Mariano, Nicole Capper, Robert “Rob” Bentele, Steffi Brink, and many more.

Explaining the type of contestants the makers are looking for, Executive Producer Handrie Basson revealed, “If you love watching Survivor, if you have shouted at the TV in frustration and admiration and if you have said ‘I can do this!’ or if you have thought ‘I will never do that!’… then it’s time to get off the couch and onto the island!”

Host Jeff Probst, a constant from ‘Survivor South Africa’ Season 3, is reported to reprise his duties as the host of ‘Survivor South Africa’ season 8.

What Can Survivor South Africa Season 8 be About?

The contestants, referred to as castaways, are divided into two or three tribes and are later assigned tents or camps. The castaways must survive the challenges thrown at them along with dealing with basic hardships like building a roof to live in, building a fire, searching for water, scavenging for food and other essentials to stay in the game.

The tribes aim at completing the tasks for rewards of food, luxury items, shelter, etc. in the initial half of the game, while other tasks are designed to gain immunity. There’s also a tribal council where the voting process takes place, in the presence of the host. In the latter half of the game, the tribes are combined into one single tribe, and contestants compete on an individual level for immunity or personal rewards.

At the end, when the total number contestants boil down to just 2 or 3, they attend the Final Tribal Council, where the jury members cast their vote and ultimately declare the ‘Sole Survivor’ who is also awarded the grand prize.

The basic premise of the game has stayed the same for all formats since 1977. Some formats introduce new rules and twists in the second half of the seasons but the core concept of survival lies the same throughout. And we expect season 8 to stay faithful to the above-mentioned trend.

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