5 Questions With Survivor SA Castaway Rose-Lee Smith

She’s rooting for the underdog to win it.


Nadim Nyker |

Last week we saw crime scene analyst Rose-Lee Smith walk off Survivor SA: Island of Secrets. Rose-Lee, who resides in Paulshof, Johannesburg, used her experience as a police officer to lay low and remained wary about who she formed an alliance with.

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In the end, she may have been too faithful to hotel guest liaison Durao Mariano, who seemed to be the second in line to leave in the re-arranged Laumei tribe. But Rose-Lee has no regrets, telling MH that she wouldn’t have changed her strategy at all.

Rose-Lee (left) with Durao (right).

We caught up with her on her Survivor experience. She told us what it takes to be on the island, plus what she’s learned along the way.

How would you describe your Survivor SA experience?

She sums up her experience in two words: mind blowing. “It was so surreal to be part of something so big. It was all so exciting that it still didn’t feel real even after I returned home,” says the 33-year-old.

“It was also the most difficult thing I’ve ever endured; lying awake all night in wet clothes in the freezing rain felt almost torturous! But all-in-all, an experience I would choose to do over again in a heartbeat.”

What would you have done differently?

“My plan was to lay low and suss out the playing field while being considered valuable around camp and for challenges. This got off to a perfect start and I wouldn’t  change that strategy at all.”

“I guess when I drew the short straw at that tribe swap I should have worked a bit harder at trying to swing one of the opposing three.”

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What was your biggest lesson from being on the show?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. We take every little luxury in our lives for granted.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff. We take every little luxury in our lives for granted. Being stripped of it all and taken away from your reality, while exposed to the brutal elements, really instills an appreciation in you for every tiny little thing you ever took for granted.

“Especially family. Family isn’t an important thing, it’s everything! And Survivor really made that hit home.”

As a castaway, who are you backing to win it?

“I’m rooting for the underdog! With such physically capable castaways this season, someone seemingly less so would be a fun twist. Any of my original Laumei tribe mates would be the cherry on top.”

What advice do you have for those wanting to enter Survivor SA?

“Go ahead and do it, no hesitations! There is so much to learn about yourself and being a part of the Survivor experience and pushing your mind and body to its limits is the most incredible life lesson.”

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