Fitness guru and former beauty pageant queen Steffi van Wyk-Brink, married to actor Clint Brink, returns for another shot at Survivor South Africa.
When Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts premieres tonight, she will be joined by other 20 fan favourites including Felix Godlo, Palesa Tau, Pinty Nkanjeni, PK Phetoe and Thoriso M-Afrika. Season 9 of the hit international format was filmed at the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, and it’s said to have boosted the local economy by an estimated R18m. For the first time, the show will not air once a week, but Monday to Thursday on M-Net, with the finale airing on August 25.
The Namibian-born model chats to Sowetan about how different her game will be this time around.
How was it like to return to the show?
It was a dream come true. We hardly get second chances, and getting a second opportunity to play in the best show is nothing short of exciting.
What was your approach this time around?
My approach was to try and lay low. Make lots of friends, be present, hold back physically and enjoy the ride.
What was your biggest regret from the first time around that you aim to redeem this season?
It’s not about what I did wrong, but more about failing to trust myself, my choices, my gut and my abilities. This time I am going in hot.
What will most people be surprised to learn about being on Survivor that they don’t see on television?
144 hours of island living is compressed into 45-minute segments. You don’t see everything, only what is in the final edit.