Your dream to one day buy a piece of the Kruger National Park or build a hotel on Cape Town’s Boulders Beach could become a reality – with Monopoly Mzansi. Toy company Hasbro has finally created a localised edition of the popular board game that includes 22 proudly South African locations, attractions and landmarks voted for by South Africans earlier this year.
“Monopoly Mzansi is a fantastic tourism product and an ideal keepsake as it proudly showcases the essence of South Africa and is a fair representation of all that South Africa has to offer to visitors across regions,” says Siphiwe Thabethe, country marketing manager for Hasbro South Africa.
The 81-year-old Monopoly brand has become synonymous with board gaming, and has long been enjoyed by billions of game enthusiasts in South Africa and around the globe. With all the standard elements you’ve come to know – such as the ever-useful “get out of jail free” card – this version is the Monopoloy you’ve come to love but can fully resonate with. Currency, for example, is in the form of “Mzansi moolah”. And the stakes are raised when the chance to build your very own hotel on Cape Town’s Boulders Beach could be yours.
“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,” Thabethe says. “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.”
Other locations and prominent sites included in the edition are four public transport stations, including Sandton’s Gautrain station. You’ll see Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain, which are listed as the most expensive properties, followed by Boulders Beach, Chapman’s Peak Drive and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. The Big Hole and Addo Elephant Park are also included, along with The Cradle of Humankind and St Francis Bay. And gamers will recognise Durban’s beach front (the Golden Mile), Florida Road and uShaka Marine World, which are also the most affordable locations in the game.
Monopoly Mzansi will be available at all toy stores nationwide from 1 November.