The wait is finally over! Monopoly Mzansi, South Africa’s very own Monopoly board game, with 22 proudly South African locations and city highlights, including the iconic Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, has launched in the local market.
“We are thrilled to be included on the board, especially since we were voted on by the South African public,” says Wayne Coetzer, General Manager of The Oyster Box. The Oyster Box is the only HOTEL that has garnered a coveted spot and sits alongside, a few other Durban landmarks.”
“This ‘win’ for The Oyster Box, is the cherry on the top of a year of prestigious accolades for the property. The Oyster Box recently won the regional Lilizela Award for the top 5-Star Hotel in KZN and earlier this year, was the recipient of South Africa’s Best Hotel Spa 2016 at the World Spa Awards.”
Having celebrated its 81st brand birthday, Monopoly 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. Earlier this year, South Africans were encouraged to vote to get their favourite South African location, street attraction or destination on board to be part of Monopoly history. Over the past few years numerous regional country versions of Monopoly have been produced and to date the game is licensed in 103 countries, with Monopoly Mzansi being the latest addition.
The special localised Mzansi edition features 22 landmarks and four transport stations, with the newest addition being the Gautrain Train station in Sandton. V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain scooped the most expensive spots followed by Boulders Beach, Chapman’s Peak Drive and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. 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 Beachfront (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,” says Siphiwe Thabethe, country marketing manager for Hasbro South Africa.
“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.”
‘’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.’’
Monopoly Mzansi, which will be available in all leading toy stores nationwide from 1 November, makes a perfect gift for the festive season and provides an opportunity for family and friends to come together and enjoy some quality time together in Mzansi style.
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