Saturday, May 25

Scrabble Launches South African Version, Including Over 150 Local Words


Scrabble, the classic family-favourite word-forming game, has now launched a local version with over 150 proudly South African words included in the game. After years of research and development, to tailor the game to local culture, Scrabble South Africa is now available nationwide.

The 2-year process of development of the local version of Scrabble stems from the need of South Africans to own and engage with our own culture and identity through words. Scrabble has long been a staple in the collection of board games in households across South Africa, and now, local consumers will be able to enjoy the game in a whole new way by connecting to the words and terms that make the South African vocabulary so colourful.

Scrabble SA

Scrabble South Africa Brand Manager, Angelika Sansotta says, this new version of Scrabble will encourage a wider audience to engage with words and word-play as they will feel more represented. “South Africans are such a diverse population and a local Scrabble was a great way to bring all of us together in a unified way as we have so many cultures and languages and that can all identify with elements of this game. This is an item which will bring all our cultures and languages together.”

This special edition, not only contains over 150 local words, but also lets players enjoy a local twist on their Chance Cards, with koeksisters and Chakalaka while Strength Cards feature Shongololos and Bunny Chow, just to name a few.

Scrabble SA

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South Africa is now only 1 of 5 countries to own a local version of this popular board game. The four other local versions are from New Zealand, Australia, Italy and Germany. Encouraging our local flavour, “Scrabble South Africa serves as unique way of reminding us of all the South Africanism’s that make us such a magnificent nation” says Sansotta.

The packaging of the Scrabble South Africa is also incredibly unique. Adorned with symbols of local pride, including the Springbok, the national flower, the King Protea, as well as National landmarks like Table Mountain, the Scrabble South Africa is a physical representation of the phrase ‘Local is Lekker’.

Scrabble SA

To create this unique visual representation of our country “we wanted to select a South African illustrator, and we came across Toby Newsome, an award-winning illustrator working in Cape Town. Toby has worked for some of the leading publishers and advertising agencies in South Africa and abroad, and was selected to take part the 2017 Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award Exhibition in Shanghai. His work has made such an impact over the years that we were delighted when he agreed to come on this journey with us” Sansotta explained.

Scrabble South Africa is available in all leading retailers nationwide at a recommended price of R499,99.

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