Contestants revealed for Tropika Island of Treasure Maldives

On Monday 5 February 2018 at 19:30, the first episode of Tropika Island of Treasure Maldives will air on SABC3.

So far it has been revealed that Katlego Maboe will be the host for this eighth season, and the seven celebrities who will take to the Maldives are: Khanya Mkangisa, Brendan Peyper, Sbahle Mpisane, Nay Maps, Tumi Voster, Melinda Bam, and Karabo Mogane.

Over the past few weeks Tropika has been revealing the contestants who will join the celebrities and Katlego in paradise. You can find our more information about our celebrities and contestants below.

Miantha Padayachee, Brand Group Manager for Tropika, is looking forward to seeing how #TIOT8 plays out, and has assured fans that they can expect a lot of surprises this season. “Each season of Tropika Island of Treasure has something new and exciting for fans – and #TIOT8 will be no different. We have an incredibly diverse mix of celebrities and contestants who will compete in all new and awesome challenges on one of the most beautiful islands on earth. Will there be excitement? Yes. Drama? Most likely. Plot twists? Without a doubt. #TIOT8 might very well be the best season yet!”

The Adaaran resorts and villas in the Maldives will be home for the celebs and contestants, and will provide a spectacular setting for this season.

Perhaps best known for its idyllic white beaches and crystal clear turquoise sea, the Republic of the Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean. This tropical nation is composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1 000 coral islands – many still uninhabited. Over 99% of the Maldives is sea, home to one of the most diverse marine treasures of the world. Surrounded by a reef structure, the Maldives houses one of the most exclusive and spectacular underwater life ecosystems. The 1% land is a masterpiece in natural landscaping, divine white beaches and gorgeous villas sitting amidst island flora. With celebs and consumers competing in fun and challenging games to get to that smoooth R1 million – against the breath taking Maldivian backdrop – viewers are in for a real treat!

About SABC 3
The repositioned SABC 3 brand brings you “The Stage is Yours”, for the quintessential viewer that is unapologetically South African in pride and in behaviour but holds a global view, the unboxed. We are the channel that shines a spotlight on our aspirations and represents the progressive spirit of our nation. We have local content that is relevant, cutting edge, compelling and speaks to our South Africanisms. We aim to showcase our multicultural energy and the collective possibility that allows our viewers to make life affirming -decisions that will define the future of generations to come.

For any Tropika Island of Treasure media requests or interviews, please contact:*
Gabriella Brondani Rego, urban espresso
Email: gabbi@urbanespresso.co.za
Cell: +27 79 696 1800

South Africans who are keen to get a taste of the new season can download ‘Smoooth Fame’ – the theme song for #TIOT8 – from iTunes. The song, written by Katlego and producer Ross Finck, is all about becoming a star while going beyond challenges and taking necessary, yet calculated risks, to reach those goals – a message inspired by the TV show. The song has a strong tropical influence blended with subtle pop and hip-hop elements which makes it the perfect theme song for this season.

Tune in to #TIOT8 on SABC3 every Monday at 19:30, kicking off on 5 February 2018.

Connect with Tropika and follow the latest #TIOT8 news online:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tropikaisland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mytropika
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mytropika/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TropikaIsland
Website: https://www.tropika.co.za/

South Africans who don’t make it to the Maldives still stand to win* awesome daily prizes when they buy Tropika product, including:

  • A Kia Picanto
  • Vouchers from Loot.co.za
  • Airtime
  • American Tourister luggage
  • And more

The more Tropika bought, the more chances to win.

*Full Ts and Cs can be found on: https://www.tropika.co.za/

Katlego Maboe

Katlego Maboe is probably best known as a host of the SABC3 show, Expresso. He also hosted two seasons of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and 2015, and has been awarded the title of Presenter of the Year at the 2015 & 2016 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). Year-on-year, Katlego has grown into a well-known TV presenter, singer, voice-over artist, MC, model and actor.

His charismatic nature has gained him many fans, and his inquisitive nature and zest for life (and travel) will stand him in good stead as he takes the reins and hosts #TIOT8. In addition to hosting the show, Katlego will also be performing the theme tune for #TIOT8 which will be launched to Tropika fans, soon.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/katlego.maboe.page/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatlegoMaboe

IG: https://www.instagram.com/katlegomaboe/

Khanya Mkangisa

Khanya Mkangisa is a South African TV presenter and actress best known for her role as Aphiwe on Isidingo. Having started her television career at the tender age of 15 as a child star on YOTV, she has gone on to bag coveted roles as a lead actress on productions such as Intersexions and Rockville. Khanya currently presents a lifestyle show, Selimathunzi, which boasts over 3 million viewers

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Khanya-Mkangisa-323583621077390/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KhanyaMkangisa

IG: https://www.instagram.com/ilovekhanya/

Sbahle Mpisane

Sbahle Mpisane, also commonly known to many as “FitnessBunnie,” is a wellness and fitness motivator who was born and raised in Durban, South Africa. Her love for exercise led her to share her journey in the hopes of motivating and inspiring others to adopt a healthier lifestyle beyond the goal of losing weight. Her persistent discipline has been her driving force to dominate the fitness industry, and many describe Sbahle as an ambassador for African curvaceous women.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/sbahlefitnessbunnie/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sbahle_mpisane

IG: https://www.instagram.com/sbahle_mpisane/

Karabo Mogane

Karabo Mogane is a gifted singer who went on to be crowned winner of Idols season 11. In addition to attracting the attention of fans across South Africa, he has impressed multi-award winning American RnB gospel singer, Bebe Winans, who has promised to collaborate with him on his next show in South Africa. To top it off, Karabo has signed a deal with Disney Africa to record a theme song for their series The Lion Guard, which is airing on DStv channel 309 weekly, becoming the 1st African to be offered such a deal.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/IdolsSAKaraboMogane/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoganeKarabo

IG: https://www.instagram.com/moganekarabo/

Tumi Voster

Tumi Voster is a multi-dimensional powerhouse and easily one of South Africa’s most cherished media darlings. She warmed her way into millions of hearts and homes across South Africa when she made her TV debut as a YOTV presenter on SABC 1, at the age of 15. She is armed with a Marketing Communications Degree, so when she is not found in the boardroom as a marketing manager, she’s holding down the radio fort at 5FM where she hosts two shows of her own – “5FM Nights” (weekdays 7-10pm) and “The Saturday Situation” (weekends 5-7pm).

FB: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTumiVoster/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TumiVoster

IG: https://www.instagram.com/tumivoster/

Brendan Peyper

Starting from humble beginnings and then going on to become one of the biggest brands in the South African music scene, multi-talented heartthrob, Brendan Peyper, is a true inspiration to many South African youth. Not only is he an incredibly talented musician and songwriter, but he is also a dedicated sports fanatic – promoting a healthy and active lifestyle with his #noexcuses campaign. Brendan touches people with his music, but also inspires people to reach for their dreams and to go for GOLD!

FB: https://www.facebook.com/BrendanPeyperMusiek/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrendanPeyper

IG: https://www.instagram.com/brendan_peyper/

Nay Maps

Nay Maps is a force and brand to be reckoned with. Probably best known for his role as Mxolisi Xulu on Uzalo on SABC 1, he has a long history behind him. He started off modelling and appearing in TV commercials, and was a TV presenter for a show called Hashtag on ANN7 channel 405. Through his company Map Worx, Nay travels around the country motivating and inspiring the youth and people of all demographics to realise their true potential and what they can achieve in life.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Nay-Maps-1094794267201018/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NayMaps

IG: https://www.instagram.com/naymaps/

Melinda Bam

Melinda Bam is a South African director, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss South Africa 2011, becoming the official representative of her country to Miss Universe 2012.  She has a swimwear line called Bambshell, for which she worked with South African swimwear brand Dax Martin. In June 2013 it was announced that Melinda was appointed as National Executive for the Miss South Africa Pageant and would be in charge of arranging potential sponsors for the pageant, as well as preparing the outgoing queen to both the Miss World and Miss Universe Pageants.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/melindabam.official/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/melindabam

IG: https://www.instagram.com/melindabam/

Mpande Buthelezi

21 year old Mpande Buthelezi from Benoni is a student at Varsity College and owns a small production company. He has a passion for acting and loves working with people. He comes from a big family (he has 18 siblings!) and if he wins TIOT8 he will do something really special for his family with the prize money.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/mpande.montle

Lisanne Lazarus

21 year old Lisanne Lazarus from Amanzimtoti is a final year broadcast major and a marketing co-ordinator. She used to play golf for KZN, and is the former Miss Mamelodi Sundowns KZN; Miss eThekwini 2014; Miss dut 2015; and Miss SA Campus first princess 2016. If she wins TIOT8, she will invest in an apartment and use part of the prize money to travel.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/lisanne.lazarus.7

IG: https://www.instagram.com/lisannelazaruss/

Lihle Ngubo

20 year old Lihle Ngubo from Pietermaritzburg is a drama student with a passion for acting and dancing. She is also a part-time model, and will soon start training young children from the age of five years old how to swim. She is also passionate about young people and one day hopes to start a production company and a bursary foundation for students wanting to study in the arts and performance field. If she wins TIOT8, she’ll use her prize money to pay off her school fees, help her mother out, and invest the rest.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/lihle.ngubo

IG: https://www.instagram.com/lihlengubo/

Nondu Mabizela

23 year old Nondu Mabizela is a medical student from Johannesburg with a passion for drawing and running. If she wins TIOT8, she will use the prize money to pay off her studies, do something special for her parents, buy a car, and do some shopping.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/nondumiso.mabizela

IG: https://www.instagram.com/thenondu/

Rudi Witkowsky

27 year old Rudi Witkowsky from Cape Town is a Chartered Accountant, CA (SA); fitness instructor; model and actor. He has a passion for surfing and fitness. If he wins TIOT8 he will invest a portion of the prize money, take a well-deserved holiday, and send his parents on a vacation to Zanzibar as they deserve it the most after what they have done for Rudi.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/rudi.witkowsky

IG: https://www.instagram.com/rudiwitkowsky/

Kelly Gunnell

23 year old Kelly Gunnell from Johannesburg was an avid swimmer (and has represented South Africa internationally numerous times) and has just finished her Honours in Sports Science at the University of Pretoria. If she wins TIOT8 she will use the prize money to elevate her passion for health and fitness by starting up a business to aid people of all walks of life to implement a healthy lifestyle that actually fits into their lives.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/kelly.gunnell.9

IG: https://www.instagram.com/kellygunnell/

Mark-Anthony Bingham

28 year old Mark-Anthony Bingham from Johannesburg is the PA to a financial advisor. He has a passion for Latin, ballroom, salsa and hip-hop dancing, and also teaches salsa dancing. If he wins TIOT8 he will use the prize money to surprise and spoil his mom, and will start an art project in his community of Westbury

FB: https://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-anthony-Bingham/100005191112339

IG: https://www.instagram.com/markanthonybingham/