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'Survivor SA: Immunity Island' castaway Anesu chats about her experience on the show

Voted off ’Survivor SA: Immunity Island’ castaway, Anesu. Picture: Supplied

Voted off ’Survivor SA: Immunity Island’ castaway, Anesu. Picture: Supplied

Published Aug 13, 2021


Vegan lifestyle entrepreneur Anesu fell on the wrong side of a blind-side in the last episode of “Survivor SA: Immunity Island”.

The 28-year old spent 28 days on the island before her torch was snuffed after five of the other castaways voted her off.

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Speaking to IOL Entertainment Anesu said she was grateful for having the opportunity to partake in the greatest social experience on earth.

Voted off “Survivor SA: Immunity Island“ castaway, Anesu. Picture: Supplied.

“I really wanted to make a big move. I wanted to make my mark, but unfortunately the numbers didn’t go that way,” she said about the blind-side.

A super fan for close to 18 years, Anesu started watching “Survivor“ around the age of 10 with her dad, who is also a huge fan.

“My mom and I used to role our eyes and say ’gosh, he is watching these crazy people on the beach again’.

“But the more I watched with him, and the older I got, the more I started to recognise the nuisances.

“I was looking for a challenge, I am an adventurous person and I felt like ’Survivor’ was the ultimate challenge for me,” said Anesu.

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She said the game challenged her physical body, her mind and allowed her to strategise.

“I never thought I would be able to hang tightly to a pole for three hours, but I did. It was a holistic challenge and that’s what I really wanted. Upon entering to be a contestant, I wanted to see what person I would become on the island,” said Anesu.

She said that although she had an expectation of heading international to film, filming locally was just as exciting.

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“I felt like being at the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape was divinely orchestrated. Last year I spent a lot of time doing research into my heritage and ancestry, and a large part of my ancestors actually originate from that area in KwaZulu-Natal and kind of migrated into Zimbabwe.

“ So it felt like I was going to a sacred site that meant something to me,” she said.

One of the biggest challenges for Anesu was the terrible cold and rainy weather.

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“I expected to have some rain, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so cold. I didn’t pack any warm gear.

“It ended up being super cold. We were freezing, and in the end I almost had to consider the cold as another element of the game that I had to overcome,” she said.

She said that she will be rooting for the girls who are left in this season.

“I hope they do well. I know that we have an added baggage that we have to carry as female castaways.

“I felt like I had to be more discreet. Female castaways that are strategic, are often considered to be bigger threats, more so than males,” she said.

“Survivor South Africa: Immunity Island” airs on Thursdays at 7.30pm on M-Net or available on Catch Up.

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