A few months ago it was just a figment of our want and South African desire when we hoped to see a South African version of Monopoly and votes for popular locations were invited – I really want South Africa to have it’s very own Monopoly Mzansi. Do you? Vote here.
Well the good news is that the wait is over. Monopoly Mzansi, South Africa’s very own Monopoly board game, with 22 proudly South African locations, has launched in the local market.
The popular board game, which showcases local attractions and city highlights, was officially revealed by Hasbro, one of the world’s largest toy, game and entertainment experience companies, at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton.
Monopoly just celebrated its 81st brand birthday and has been enjoyed by over a billion people worldwide and now South Africans will have the opportunity to ‘own’ their piece of this beautiful country.
Ever fancied purchasing Kruger Park or Kimberly’s Big Hole or daydreamed of building a hotel on Cape Town’s Boulders Beach? It’s all possible now if you have enough Monopoly Mzansi to make those dreams come true.
The special localised Mzansi edition features 4 transport hubs and 22 landmarks. Excitingly, the newest transport hub to make it on board is the Sandton Gautrain station. V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain scooped the most expensive spots followed by Boulders Beach, Chapman’s Peak Drive and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.
Other locations highlight South Africa’s natural heritage with the Big Hole and Addo Elephant Park making it on board. Additional beautiful nature landmarks highlighted on the Monopoly Mzansi board include The Cradle of Humankind and St. Francis Bay with Durban Beach front (The Golden Mile), Florida Road and uShaka Marine World vying for the most affordable locations on the board.
“South Africans are known for their ‘gees’ and pride in their country. Which is why we are extremely excited to present the final locations that made it on board as they truly represent South Africa’s rich cultural diversity and natural beauty. Some locations are old favourites, The Kruger Park, Gold Reef City and the Union Buildings, with the addition of a few new trendy spots such as Nelson Mandela Square, Maboneng, 4th Avenue Parkhurst and The Oyster Box Hotel. There is also a strong link to Madiba’s legacy with the inclusion of Vilakazi Street and Robben Island,” says Siphiwe Thabethe, country marketing manager for Hasbro South Africa.
‘Monopoly Mzansi is a fantastic tourism product and an ideal keepsake as it proudly showcasing the essence of South Africa and a fair representation of all that South Africa has to offer to visitors across regions.’
Locations to look out for an buy with your Moola include:
Transport – King Shaka International Airport, Sandton Gautrain Station, OR Tambo International airport, Cape Town International Airport
Brown – The Big Hole, Kimberly, Addo Elephant Park
Light blue – Durban Beach front (The Golden Mile), Florida Road Morningside Durban, uShaka Marine World
Pink – Drakensburg, The Oyster Box Hotel, Kruger National Park
Orange – Cradle of Humankind, Gold Reef City, Union Buildings
Red – Nelson Mandela Square, 4th Avenue Parkhurst, Vilakazi street Soweto
Yellow – Maboneng Precinct, St. Francis Bay, Robben Island
Green – Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Chapman’s peak Drive Cape Town, Boulders Beach
Dark Blue – V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain
Note: Monopoly Mzansi, which will be available in all leading toy stores nationwide from 1 November, makes a perfect gift for the festive season. For more visit Monopoly South Africa on Facebook.