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Mzansi Playdate - SiyaDlala SiyaFunda

The benefits of play have been well-documented. Beyond developing problem-solving and social skills, play provides children with the opportunity to connect with their parents and caregivers. This quality time builds memories and cements the past with the present.

With this goal in mind, our SiyaDlala SiyaFunda movement has been busy with the Mzansi’s Playdate: 52 events packed with traditional games have been taking place in communities across South Africa – bringing children, parents and caregivers together, reigniting family joy through meaningful play. These carefree days are an opportunity to connect in safe spaces and build stronger foundations for stronger humans.

Over the last few weeks, the Mzansi Playdates have created a ripple-effect with 46 playdates happening throughout the country. "So many parents were overjoyed at the chance to play with their children and have fun. They didn't think they could still play these games and that their kids would enjoy the same games they did as children," says Thulisile Muthle, SiyaDlala SiyaFunda Project Co-ordinator, following the recent Mzansi Playdates in Johannesburg and Durban.

The initiative has been fuelled by thriving partnerships with several organisation and opinion leaders, including Dr Gcina Mhlophe and Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala who have dedicated their careers to empowerment, with a spotlight on supporting the identity development of children. SiyaDlala SiyaFunda ambassadors, Mam' Gcina and Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala joined one of the last of 46 Mzansi Playdates that have taken place across the country for a day of play and storytelling.

"It was wholesome and heartwarming – filled with lots of energy. Kids and parents were so engaged and enthusiastic," says Linda Mdlalose, SiyaDlala SiyaFunda Media Assistant of the recent Mzansi Playdate that took place in Diepsloot.