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Thando Hlope named Winner of Tropika Island of Treasure Season 6

22 year old Thando Hlope, an entrepreneur and NOC Technician from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, has been announced as the winner of Season 6 of Tropika’s Island of Treasure after six episodes of non-stop action, drama and just plain fun under the sun! Thando, a talented singer, actor and model, has walked away from the island paradise of Mauritius a millionaire and vowed from the start to turn his million into two million!

“I am so grateful for winning this season of Tropika Island of Treasure, this is going to be life-changing for me,” says Thando. “My experience and journey on this show has taught me so much about myself, and has brought all of the contestants together. I would have been happy for any one of us to win!”

Thando started his journey with Tropika by getting into the top 3 in September’s audition rounds, but lost out to the first winning contestant Diamond. Deciding not to give up on his dream, he went on to enter the competition again and his star qualities won him a spot on the show at last. Having won the second spot on TIOT 6, Thando went on to experience Da Smoooth Life with an all-expenses paid weekend in Cape Town where he got a taste of the high life. He met Pearl Thusi and even got some celebrity mentorship from Slikour of Skwatta Camp fame.

“My main objective going into the competition was to win the Milli and here I am! I can honestly say that I had fun doing it – I was able to come out on top and win the challenge that counted the most,” concludes an elated Thando.

“It has been another amazing season of Tropika Island of Treasure! Season 5 took us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions but Season 6, with its exciting new format, really mixed things up for the better! While the celebrity format is always a winner when it comes to television, we recognized the power the ‘regular’ contestant yields with viewers and saw an opportunity to extend the experience to those who would otherwise not be afforded the opportunity. 

We knew the show would be even more exciting this time around, and to see Mzansi’s newest face being made on the show is an elating feeling,” says Johan Botha, Marketing Manager for Tropika/Clover Beverages. “Thando was a great contestant and really kept us all thoroughly entertained throughout this season. He is a deserving winner of the R 1 million prize and we congratulate him,” concludes Botha.

We can only wonder what is in store for us in the next season of Tropika Island of Treasure!

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