Filming of the sixth season of Survivor South Africa kicked off in the picturesque Republic of the Philippines late last year, and one of the contestants has a strong connection with the Garden Route, having attended Plett Primary and Wittedrift High before concluding her school career at Outeniqua in George. Now living in Cape Town, 44-year-old Annalize Sainsbury is the daughter of Terence and Sophia van Heerden, who for many years owned Terry’s Motors & Gifts in Plett’s Main Street. Running her own catering company in the Mother City, she describes herself as an eternal optimist who reads people well. Annalize says she made sure she got her fill of husband Paul and daughters Jemma, 13, and Mia, 11, before leaving for the island. Her packing essential? A gold bikini! And her strategy: “To play a very social and strategic game and to try to get along with the various personalities.” See how that pans out for this former Plett lass when Survivor South Africa: Philippines kicks off on M-Net channel 101 tomorrow night (May 3) and every Thursday ‘till there’s but one ‘survivor’ left... Visit www.mnet.tv for M-Net’s programme schedule.