Former Queenstown Girls’ High School scholar, Komani-born Siyasanga Mfenyana, has been gracing our television screens as one of the contestants in this year’s SABC 3 edition of Tropika Island of Treasure, Curaçao.
With no plans of entering the competition, Mfenyana said she had previously watched seasons of the show but never thought of entering. “A friend of mine was persuading me to enter a dating competition and I refused point blank. I did not feel it was in alignment with who I am and the brand I am trying to build. A week before entries closed, I bought a bottle of Tropika. This was more in line with what I am about. The bottle stayed in the fridge for a week while I contemplated if I should do it or not. I only recorded my online audition clip two days before entries closed and literally posted it a few hours before the competition closed,” she said.
The co-founder of Girls with Gains, a fitness and lifestyle movement, said the main reason for entering the show was that she wanted to do something that would challenge her mentally and physically.
“I have met some incredible people on the show who are now like family to me. It was very tough on all fronts. There is nothing glamorous about the challenges. I put my heart and body on the line for that grand prize.”
Mfenyana, who has paired up with celebrity Simphiwe Ngema in the reality adventure show, said “when” she won the grand prize, she would give some of the money to her parents and siblings and donate some to her former school. “I am passionate about women empowerment and what better way than to pay it forward to the girls back in my home town? Charity begins at home.”
Mfenyana, who is also an actress, appeared on the Mzansi Magic drama The Queen and will be on the screens in an upcoming Ferguson Films production, Kings of Jozi.
“My sister (Zenande Mfenyana) is one of my biggest inspirations. She has been there from day zero and when people thought I was crazy for graduating with a Bachelor of Science and transitioning into the TV industry, she was the one rooting for me. Her work ethic is unreal and she is not phased by the “glitz and glam”. I am motivated by wanting to be the best. I have always been very competitive, but what I have learnt is your biggest competition is yourself. Honing your talent, feeding your mind, body and soul so that you can be the best version of yourself and improve on it daily. That is what I am all about. With everything I do, if I do not do it wholeheartedly, then I would rather not do it at all,” she said.
Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao is broadcast on SABC 3 at 7.30pm on Tuesdays.