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Ms. Monopoly- Celebrating Women Trailblazers

Hasbro Introduces Ms. Monopoly – First Game in the Franchise that Celebrates Women Trailblazers

Hasbro has introduced the first-ever game in the Monopoly franchise that celebrates women trailblazers with Ms. Monopoly.

The Ms. Monopoly game marks the first time in the franchise’s history where a new character will grace the cover – and while Mr. Monopoly is a real-estate mogul, Ms. Monopoly is an advocate whose mission is to invest in female entrepreneurs.

Ms. Monopoly was created to inspire everyone, young and old as it spotlights women who have challenged the status quo. To celebrate, in lieu of Monopoly winnings, Hasbro surprised three young female inventors and entrepreneurs with the recognition they deserve – approximately $20,580 in REAL money to fuel their inventive spirit and further their projects – which just so happens to be the same amount of Monopoly money featured in the game.

You can see all of their reactions to the surprise

To celebrate, in lieu of Monopoly winnings, Hasbro surprised three young female inventors and entrepreneurs with the recognition they deserve – approximately $20,580 in REAL money to fuel their inventive spirit and further their projects – which just so happens to be the same amount of Monopoly money featured in the game.

You can see all of their reactions to the surprise here.

All of the young inventors come from very different backgrounds, but with a common goal to help others using their inventions:

  • Sophia Wang, a 16-year-old from Connecticut invented a device that can detect sinkholes before they occur, and after two years of work, her prototype is now 93% accurate. She is hoping to get it patented and in the hands of communities in Florida that are vulnerable to sinkholes.
  • Gitanjali Rao, a 13-year-old from Denver came up with an invention that helps detect lead in drinking water so that individuals can do the test themselves and get results sooner. Her goal is to create an inexpensive, easy to use, portable device so that people all around the world can use it.
  • Ava Canney, a 16-year-old from Ireland, invented a spectrometer that measures the amount of dye in candy and soda. After studying the harmful effects of additives in our food, Ava set out to help people make educated decisions about the toxins they put into their bodies.

Ms. Monopoly gives new meaning to the franchise, as properties are replaced by ground-breaking inventions and innovations made possible by women throughout history and instead of building houses, you build business headquarters. From inventions like WiFi to chocolate chip cookies, solar heating and modern shapewear, Ms. Monopoly celebrates everything from scientific advancements to everyday accessories – all created by women.

From inventions like WiFi to chocolate chip cookies, solar heating and modern shapewear, Ms. Monopoly celebrates everything from scientific advancements to everyday accessories – all created by women.

Ms. Monopoly is also the first-ever game where women make more than men – a fun spin in the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men. However, if men play their cards right, they can make more money too.

Ms Monopoly will be landing in South Africa in early December, just in time for the summer holidays and will be available from leading retailers including; Toys R Us, Toy Kingdom, Toy Zone and

Follow @MonopolySouthAfrica on Facebook for more information.

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Waddling for penguins

Today is International African penguin Awareness day.

A day to celebrate and highlight these cute aquatic birds.


This species is still on the brink of extinction with only approximately 50,000 birds left in the wild.

It is estimated, that with the current level of decline they will be extinct by 2026….

A short 7 years from now!

A waddle for penguins

We headed to the V & A Waterfront to join the Two Oceans Aquarium in a fun waddle for penguins.

Dressed in black we were ready for the easy 3km walk around the waterfront district.

Before setting off we were encouraged to paint our faces

and enjoy a penguin cup cake treat.

Hamish was extra excited and although scared of the mascot,

he really loved the soft toy penguin and happily let me get some photos of him with it.

Just after 9.30am we set off on our hour long walk. The excitement was in the air as aquarium staff and public encouraged motorists along the route to HOOT FOR PENGUINS!

Hamish got caught up in the excitement very quickly and joined in with all the energy of a 3 year old.

He however, decided he wanted to be the leader and joined the amazing aquarium staff up in the front of the group to lead the waddles.

It was a lot of fun. Hamish managed th entire 3km walk and I’m looking forward to many opportunities to share with Hamish why we were hooting for penguins this morning.

About the African Penguin

The African penguin feeds on fish such as anchovies and sardines.

Adapted for its aquatic lifestyle, the African penguin can reach speeds of 12 miles per hour (20 km per hour) in the water and travel from 18 – 42 miles (30 to 70 km) in a single trip.

An average dive last for 2.5 minutes, reaching depths of almost 200 feet (60 meters).

How you can help

  • Support our aquariums: they use the funds for much needed education, research and to look afte the birds in their care.
  • Refuse single-use plastic:
    Penguins can ingest or become entangled in plastic packaging, their food, the fish are ingesting microplastics which are passed to the penguins.
  • Say no to all plastic: Plastic is made from oil, if we reduce our demand for plastic we also reduce our demand for oil. Oil spills are disastrous for penguins.
  • Join beach clean ups: help to remove the plastic which could end up in their home.
  • Recycle
  • Consume only sustainable fish
  • Educate others: on both the bird and how to care for the oceans.
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#SocialMedia4Good a passionate conversation between Maps Maponyane, Amanda Black and Ayanda Borotho that trended well over 3 hours

African Monitor hosted the first of it’s kind #SocialMedia4Good event at
SterKinekor Rosebank, on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.

An interactive debate moderated
by a global moderator, Nozipho Mbanjwa was held, in which South African role models Maps
Maponyane, Amanda Black and Ayanda Borotho discussed the UN Sustainable Development
Goals and how every day South Africans can use their social media influence to build
awareness and ignite positive change.

The event was attended by dignitaries, business leaders and members of the press as well as selected social media influencers with a track record of doing good in their communities.

Attendees were invited to interact and share the event on social media. The discussion was live-streamed on African Monitor’s Facebook page using a 360-degree camera and reached South Africans from all over the country, ultimately concluding in the hashtag #SocialMedia4Good trending on twitter for more than
3 hours.

Before the panel discussion with the A-List influencers, Ms. Namhla Mniki, the Executive Director of
African Monitor, drove a thought-provoking conversation to present real examples of social media
activations in South Africa.

One of the guests, as the fire-starters of the day’s conversations was
Sibabalwe Sesmani – a young woman who founded #WithoutUs and CEO of Unorthodox PR. She shed
light on her journey as an activist and explained how she is actively using social media as a tool to
make sure that every woman is economically emancipated.

The fire-starter was followed by a passionate 90-minute debate in which our influencers shared their
experiences and pearls of wisdom on the following subjects :

1) Social Media: Good or Bad?
In this section of the debate, participants discussed what role social media plays in today’s world when it comes to justice and what it meant for them, personally.

2) Social Media: Education
How can social media be used to educate people? How can the conversations be stirred? Is
educational content as popular as “glossy” content? Why are people more inclined to follow funny
meme accounts or celebrities and socialites rather than educational institutions, politicians, etc.

3) Social Media: Reduced Inequality
Social media plays no favouritism. It uniquely is the only medium to touch all levels of society, in
townships, you’ll find that some homes may not have running electricity, but they will have a
smartphone with WhatsApp and Facebook on it. How can we use this to their advantage?

4) Social Media: Decent Work & Economic Growth
How can social media play a role in giving access to decent work and economic growth?

5) Social Media versus Traditional media
What is the catalyst for real action in media? Do hashtags really influence people to action for e.g.
#MeToo #BlackLivesMatter #SayNoToXenophobia #WithoutUs? Which strategies work in media to
activate real social change?

The panel of influence indulged in the conversation:

Amanda Black emphasized there is a shift needed in how we educate our youth and we need to
critically think the way we change our environment and make use of new technologies to do so.

Ayanda Borotho addressed the issue of relatability, warning that if we only have conversations in English, we are closing the dialogue to many. She stressed : ‘ It’s important to have dialogues on
social media in indigenous languages.

Maps Maponyane made the point that social media is powerful but still reflects inequalities in South
Africa where many don’t have access because of data costs.

Building on Maps call to action to ‘ make caring coolNozipho urges the public: ‘ Do not give up
caring, because caring is contagious. And when people see you care beyond the hashtags it will make
a real impact.

In closing, the panel of influence resonated that all of us have a role to play.

We don’t have to overthrow governments to make a difference.

We can start something small and it can explode into a movement.

Social media has the power to disseminate information and create influence in a way we’ve never seen before.


African Monitor is an NPO with the goal of promoting sustainable development in Africa as
well as building the capacity of civil society.

Find out more about African Monitor on

Follow the campaign on African Monitor Social Media: @AfricanMonitor

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Fair Cape factory tour

Last week I was invited to a factory tour at Fair Cape Dairies. To say I was excited was a slight understatement.

A factory tour

I arrived at the Fair Cape factory and greeted a group of fellow bloggers and food journalists.

After a quick briefing by the experienced and knowledgeable staff we were kitted out in factory gear and headed off to see where the magic happens.

I even got a pink hair net.

The first thing that was evident was how strict the hygiene policy is at the factory. We were shown how to scrub up correctly before entering the factory and at other areas we were asked to sanitise our hands again.

The factory is meticulously clean and temperatures are set to assist with the yoghurt making process.

Large shining silver containers containing the dairy that make our favourite yoghurt snacks greeted us.

We were then expertly guided through the factory and each process was explained to us.

I was, and still am fascinated by these amazing machines and the people that operate them with such precision.

I could have watched the process of yoghurt pots being made, filled and labeled all day.

This was such a fun, educational visit.

Why I love Fair Cape

As a household Fair Cape is our preferred dairy brand.

They have become a name I trust with high quality products and Hamish loves that Barney is on his favourite yoghurt and Batman on his milkshake.

But mostly, I know that by purchasing Fair Cape products I’m supporting a company that does it’s part to give back.

Fair Cape established the Fair Cape Cares Foundation in order to make a difference in the many beneficiaries they support.

By purchasing Fair Cape products and supporing the Fair Cape Cares Foundation events, you add to this amazing initiative.

Today,on International Charity Day, I would like to encourage you to ” do the right thing” and buy the Fair Cape charity yoghurt 6 packs. 50c from each pack goes back to the foundation to make a difference.

To learn more about our favourite dairy or the Fair Cape Cares Foundation visit

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Sleep well and Do Good with Bed King

For the third year in a row, Bed King are running a promotion to assist The Children’s Hospital Trust.

For every Comfort Solutions Matress sold, R500 is donated to The Children’s Hospital Trust.
In 2018, an amazing R253 000 was raised.

This year, with your support, they are hoping to double that and help The Children’s Hospital Trust  to upgrade their emergency ward.

About the Children’s Hospital Trust

The Children’s Hospital Trust is an independent, non profit organisation that was established in 1994 to raise funds to support specific programs and projects to help advance child healthcare through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The Comfort Solutions Range

The Comfort Solutions Range is a high quality, premium hotel standard range of matresses that have been specifically designed for Bed King by leading brands.

With this initiative in place you can now save 15% on these top sleeping solutions.

The Comfort Solutions Lab

Bed King spent 5 years developing The Comfort solutions Lab, because they understand that buying a matress that will last you at least 10 years can be a very overwhelming.

With the use of advanced mapping technology, the Lab assists you to determine your unique comfort and support needs based on your body composition and sleep position. Allowing you to be matched up to a matress that fits your level and areas of support.

This takes 5 minutes and Bed King offer this service in store nation wide.

Each Comfort Solutions Lab is a spacious booth containing one matress that has a built in pressure mapping sensor.

Customers lie on the matress in their usual sleep position and using a series of pressure points, the system matches you to the right matress for your body composition and support needs.

Your data reading is displayed on the screen and you will be able to see where your unique pressure points are.

The Comfort Solutions Lab identifies two primary factors :- your individual ccomfort level and level of support needed.

So, when visiting Bed King, you can now be certain that you are purchasing the correct matress to support your body and sleep patterns as well as being able to support a good cause.

You will also now get a free Kingsley bear with every Comfort Solutions matress bought.

For more information visit

(Photo credit: Bedking)

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The odd socks project

The odd socks project caught my attention when I walked into a local charity shop and saw a sign saying ” Odd Socks Collection Point”

I was immediately curious. Who wants odd socks? And what for ?

What is the Odd sock project?

The odd sock project started towards the end of June 2019, and has in 3 months,collected over 9000 socks to date.
And with more than 50 collection points nation wide, and the public’s enthusiasm this number of single socks will keep escalating.

What do they do with the socks?

The socks are collected and sorted by size and fabric to make a  unique and  funky pair of socks to donate to the homeless, who can not afford socks.

How to get involved

It costs nothing to support this fantastic organisation and their drive to repurpose items we would have thrown away.

Simply donate all those single, lonely socks who no longer have a partner to a collection point near you.
The website has a map of areas where you can find a collection point closest to you.

You could also become a sock collection point or join their team of volunteers by signing up on the website.

For more information contact

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The Cadbury Little Generosity Shop ….. teaching children to share

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the amazing Little Generosity Shop pop ups that Cadbury have set up.

The concept of these purple play houses is to collect your pre-loved books, toys and games to be distributed to nationwide orphanages. Bringing some joy to children who are not regularly spoilt.

So, I sat down with Hamish yesterday and we went through his toy box.

At almost 3 he understood we were going to “share” his toys with other children.

For me it’s important to use the correct terminology that he would understand.

In the car and again at the mall, I repeated to him that we would be taking the toys to the chocolate house to share with the other children and that we were going to leave the toys there.

He only asked me if I was leaving him there to play and if I was coming back later?

I explained I wasn’t leaving him as we were going to go give the toys to the Cadbury toy elves.

We took quite a few things that Hamish has outgrown, a bag of books, a shopper of individual plastic toys, some games, a construction kit and a few learning toys. It’s amazing how much we’ve accumulated since my last clean out.

Cadbury have a system to reward the child with an equivalent of chocolate. A chocolate for every toy donated but a maximum of 5 chocolates in total.

The process is really sweet. Your child hands in the toy which is recorded.

They then go and choose one of the many delicious chocolates as a reward for doing good, learning to share and thinking of others.

Once they have their chocolate they can sit at the tables and decorate them.

I noticed older children were also offered the option to write notes to the children who will recieve their Preloved toys.

Hamish loved this and was so distracted by the chocolates and the beautifully decorated Cadbury house, he never once asked for the toys.

They also have a Generous Acts of Kindness wall, where you are encouraged to open a door and choose a random acts of kindness to perform.

The two teens absolutely adored this. What a stunning idea.

I really love this inicitive. I walked away knowing that in a fun, rewarding way I was able to teach my toddler to share, give back and be kind.

Thank you Cadbury.

The little Generosity Shop is at Canal Walk until 5 August 2019.

To learn more about this incitive read here

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Mandela Day 2019

Today we celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela.

Since 2010, we’ve celebrated Nelson Mandela Day in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

It’s an occasion for all of South Africa to join together in hope and take action to assist others in the spirit of Ubuntu.

Why 67 minutes?

Mandela Day is held annually on July 18, the day Nelson Mandela was born.

2019 marks 10 years since Mandela International Day was launched in 2009 at the 2009 UN General Assembly.

But why 67 minutes?

The 67 minutes represent one minute counted for every year that Mandela spent making South Africa a better place from 1942 to 2009. A total of 67 years.

How can you help?

Each year most non profit organisations and caring corporates collaborate to arrange an event that will allow people to donate 67 minutes of their time in the service of others.

Jenny Morris and Cape quarter

Last year, we joined Jenny Morris, celebrity chef and broadcast personality, at the Cape Quarter to cut vegetables at a soup kitchen that would become soup to feed the cold and hungry.

This year we returned, joining hundreds of caring South Africans both young and old to celebrate Mandela Day.

I was proud to take Ronan with me this year and met up with my husband and his boss.

The public are asked to donate fresh vegetables, cans of food and their time so in order to make hundreds of litres of soup.

For us, the day has a determined happiness and air of sharing. If only for 67 minutes, people remember to smile and unite for a greater purpose.

Along with a giant loaf of bread delicious muffins were baked and sold for R20. The sale of each muffin gives two people a safe warm shelter for a night.

A worthy inicitive that we look forward to assisting again next year.