Durban is cheap‚ Maboneng is trendy in new Monopoly Mzansi

26 October 2016 - 17:05 By Kingdom Mabuza

A localised monopoly board game with 22 familiar locations has been launched‚ offering players an opportunity to "buy" or build hotels at the Kruger Park‚ Kimberly’s Big Hole and Cape Town’s Boulders Beach.

The creators of the game‚ "Monopoly Mzansi"‚ said new locations were canvassed from South Africans earlier this year. Over the past few years numerous regional country versions of Monopoly have been produced. The game is now licensed in 103 countries‚ with Monopoly Mzansi being the latest addition.

The special localised Mzansi edition features four transport hubs - including the Sandton Gautrain station - and 22 landmarks.

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 the board.

Additional nature landmarks highlighted on the Monopoly Mzansi board include The Cradle of Humankind and St. Francis Bay.

The Durban beachfront (The Golden Mile)‚ Florida Road and uShaka Marine World vying for the most affordable locations on the board.

New trendy spots such as Nelson Mandela Square‚ Maboneng‚ 4th Avenue Parkhurst and The Oyster Box Hotel have made the cut.

"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."

Monopoly Mzansi will be available in all leading toy stores nationwide from 1 November 2016.

THE NEW LOCATIONS ARE:

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.