After Tropika Island Of Treasure’s recent shock elimination which saw Team Coral (Melinda Bam and Kelly Gunnell) being eliminated, Katlego Maboe (in last night’s episode) delivered another Slenda Twist which saw Team Blue, Sbahle Mpisane and Nondu Mabizela, as the lowest scoring team, and ultimately, eliminated from the show.

Nondu struggled during a game of ‘skim the bottle’ and was the last consumer contestant to knock down her three Tropika targets scoring one lonely point. The celebrities then tried their hand at the game which saw Sbahle gaining two points as she placed fourth in the challenge.

The second challenge, named ‘How Much Junk Do You Have In Your Trunk?’, saw Nondu and Sbahle’s unlucky streak continue as Nondu found herself in last place again bagging another single point, while Sbahle found herself in fourth position yet again scoring another two points.

The elimination challenge saw Sbahle, Khanya, Nondu and Lihle fight for their lives in a challenge titled ‘Hang In There’ in which the four contestants had to literally hold on to their place in the competition. After a nail-biting few minutes, Sbahle fell into the water and lost her place in the competition. A few moments later, Nondu fell in and Team Blue became the third team to be eliminated.

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

I was quite surprised at how competitive I am but in conjunction with that I realised how resilient I can be. It was also definitely a character building experience that I’m privileged enough to have gone through.

Where do you think you could have improved?

I think that I could’ve improved in terms of my swimming and overall fitness levels. But, despite this, I am very proud of how far I have come.

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

The best part had to be Sbahle’s “never say die” attitude and how she’d always find a positive spin on a seemingly negative situation. We also had this amazing trust in each other and that made it easy to strategise and plan each challenge. To top it all off, it was refreshing to see how down to earth she is and her sense to of humour made my time on the island that much more enjoyable.

Who did you think your biggest competitor was?

I definitely think that our biggest competitor was Team Yellow – Rudi and Nay. They’re a strong team physically and mentally.

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

It only gets better. Literally. There are so many more Slenda Twists ahead, a lot of personality growth happens and it’s an amazing production in general.

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

Don’t underestimate your strength, always trust your gut, and most importantly – learn to laugh at yourself.

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