South Africa might be in the middle of winter, but one thing that’s sure to turn up the heat is the announcement that Tropika Island of Treasure will officially be back for a 9th season!
#TIOT9 will see six celebrities and six consumer contestants competing for their share of smoooth fame and fortune and a shared R1 million Rand 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 snorkeling and diving, and a wild undeveloped windward coast. A picture-perfect place to serve as the backdrop for a smoooth 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.witter:
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.
Barbara George, Brand Manager for Tropika, is looking forward to seeing #TIOT9 play out on an entirely new island with an exciting new group of celebs. “Each season of Tropika Island of Treasure is even smooother and more exciting than the last, and #TIOT9 will be no different! We’ve got an amazing group of celebrities who’ll join us for the ride on an entirely new Caribbean island, with a whole new set of challenges and fun. One of the most exciting changes we’ve made to this season is that auditions will be taking place online. This means that even more consumers across the country will have an opportunity to audition and stand a chance to win a spot to join us on the island, competing for their share of fame and fortune with #TIOT9,” says George.
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:
1. 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
2. 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
The more Tropika bought, the more chances to win.