Last night, Tumi Voster and teammate Mark-Anthony Bingham became the first contestants to be booted off the new season of Tropika Island Of Treasure. The pair had a hard time during their stint on the show and often found themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard. But, after fighting for a place on the island against Khanya Mkangisa and partner Mpande Buthelezi, luck was unfortunately not on their side.

Naturally, the duo is gutted about being the first to leave the island and their bubby personalities are sure to be missed. We caught up with the friendly and charismatic Mark-Anthony shortly after being eliminated.

What surprised you most about yourself being on TIOT and the island?

What I learned the most was that I was able to allow someone else to lead as I’m always the dominant one, and I learned to listen – not just rush in to situations.

Where do you think you could have improved?

I could have improved by listening to my instincts and taking the lead also by making my voice heard in challenges with my partner as there was a lack of communication between us during challenges.

What was the best thing about being teamed up with your partner?

Tumi was so patient and that made her a great team mate!

Who did you think your biggest competitor was?

I don’t really think there was a threat as each team had strong and weak points, and others just had luck on their side.

Why should people continue to watch TIOT8 for the remainder of the season?

It really does get smooother and spicier! And not to forget the awesome host that is Katlego who makes every episode entertaining.

What advice do you wish someone told you before the show?

I wish someone had told me to take lots and lots of sunscreen – competing in the challenges was tough but the sun in the Maldives took the cake!

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