Tropika Island of Treasure will be returning for a ninth season on SABC 3.
The reality competition show will be featuring six celebrities and six consumer contestants vying for their share of fame, fortune and a shared R1 million in the island paradise of Curaçao.
Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island, feels like a little piece of Europe on the edge of the Caribbean with glorious hidden beaches, amazing onshore snorkelling and diving, and a wild undeveloped windward coast.
It’s a picture-perfect place to serve as the backdrop for a smooth 9th season of the hit show.
In addition to revealing the island for this season, Tropika has also just announced that auditions for #TIOT9 will take place entirely *online – a first in the history of the show, providing an opportunity for more people across South Africa to enter and stand a chance to win a spot on the island.
Anyone who is familiar with the show will know that a big part of what makes it as entertaining as it is, are the celebrities. In #TIOT9, viewers can expect to see the following familiar faces:
Simphiwe Ngema is a South African TV presenter and actress best known for her role as Thuli on the hit soapie ‘Muvangho’.
The 29-year-old star was born in Klipspruit, Soweto where her passion for the entertainment industry was ignited.
The star has recently explored her passion for music and released her debut single ‘Thola Khona’ under the name Quing Simz.
Simphiwe is excited to be part of the new season of Tropika Island of Treasure and looks forward to taking her fans on a smoooth adventure to the island of Curaçao.
Kay Sibiya is a presenter, model, MC and an aspiring businessman who aims to fuse his love for communications and entertainment into a formidable media establishment.
He first rose to fame as the co-host of SABC 1’s music magazine show ‘Sunday Chillaz’.
He went on to star in Uzalo, one of the most successful soapies in the country, where he played music producer Ayanda Mdletse, who was easily one of the most recognisable faces from the series.
Kay is also an avid traveler and is excited to be heading to Curaçao to explore everything the island has to offer.
Famous for her hilarious Instagram videos, Nadia Japhta is one of the most exciting new faces in the South African entertainment space and has proven that, when done right, the power of social media can take you to new heights.
Nadia is also a freelance stylist, the director of the fashion label, Strada Chic, and blogger behind the South African fashion blog, Birdline Blog.
She even branched into music when she released her debut single ‘Paradise’ last year. Nadia is excited to be heading to paradise on this season of Tropika Island of Treasure.
Entrepreneur and media personality Siphesihle Vazi burst onto the scene as the presenter of the hit magazine show ‘Selimathunzi’ and quickly became one of South Africa’s most loved TV personalities.
Siphesihle has also starred in an exciting new role as Mthokozisi Ntuli on SABC 1’s brand new local comedy-drama ‘Makoti’.
When not in front of the camera, you are more than likely to find the star at the gym. He is a fitness fanatic and is already preparing his mind and body for the brand new season of Tropika Island of Treasure.
South African actress and TV personality Ntando Duma has blossomed since her early days as a kids TV presenter and is best known for her portrayal of Zinzi Dandala on the popular TV show Rhythm City.
Today, Ntando is a popular MC, TV presenter and model.
She is also an avid music lover and has appeared in music videos for artists like Prince Kaybee, Vusi Nova and has even recorded a single with Babes Wodumo titled ‘Jiva Phez’kombhede’. Ntando is excited to head out to Curaçao and to show Mzansi a little bit more of who Ntando really is.
Actor and musician Bouwer Bosch kick-started his career as the lead singer of the popular Afrikaans pop/rock, SAMA-nominated group Straatligkinders, and member of the smash hit duo group Dans Dans Lisa, with Deon Meiring of the band Glaskas.
Bouwer recently released an exciting new collaborative album with songstress Lucinda which shows a new, softer side to the star.
When he’s not in front of the camera or in the recording booth, Bouwer also has a production company which specialises in music videos.
Bouwer’s Youtube channel is one of the 100 most viewed South African channels listed in the world.
South Africans dreaming of joining their favourite celebs in the tropical island paradise of Curaçao need to buy a promotional pack of Tropika and follow the instructions on pack.
*Online auditions for #TIOT9 are as follows:
- Once you’ve purchased a promotional pack of Tropika and followed the instructions on pack, take a video of yourself describing how you will out smoooth your competitors on Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao
- Upload the video to social media or Whatsapp ensuring you tag Tropika on the relevant channels and include the #TIOT9 hashtag
In addition to entering for your chance to win a spot on the island with your favourite celebs, there are over 100 000 awesome **prizes valued at over R1 million up for grabs, including:
- LG Q60 Mobile Phones
- LG Dishwashers
- LG 55” Televisions
- Caribbean Tan products
Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.