Tropika Island of Treasure, a reality show where celebrities compete against everyday South Africans, is back for Season 8 – and the premiere is right around the corner!

The first episode airs on Monday, 5 February 2018 at 19:30 on SABC3, hosted by the charismatic Katlego Maboe. The reality show will be set in the exotic Maldives, where our favourite media personalities and lucky contestants will go head-to-head for a smashing grand prize of R1 million.

It is no surprise that PR aficionado Gabbi Rego, a long-time friend and business associate of CN&CO’s, is involved as a media partner of the reality show. Gabbi is a massive travel fan, always up for a challenge, bringing massive skills and talent to the mix.

With much anticipation for the adventure that awaits, the following press release regarding the #TIOT8 was distributed:

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. They are:

  • 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.
  • Lisanne Lazarus
    21 year old Lisanne Lazarus from Amanzimtoti is a final year broadcast major and a marketing coordinator. 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.
  • Mpande Buthelezi
    21 year old Mpande Buthelezi from Benoni is a student at City Varsity, a model, and runs a magazine. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mark-Anthony Bingham
    29 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

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.

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:

South Africans still stand to win* smoooth daily prizes when they buy Tropika product, including:

  • A Kia Picanto
  • Vouchers from
  • Airtime
  • American Tourister luggage
  • And more

The more Tropika bought, the more chances to win.

*Full Ts and Cs can be found on:




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.



The Maldives

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


Cell: +27 79 696 1800