A massive indoor playground will open later this year in Johannesburg, which will allow children to try out different jobs - and even earn “money” for their work.
There are 24 of these small indoor cities worldwide – they form part of the global KidZania franchise, which include playgrounds in London and Tokyo. The child-sized replicas of real cities have factories, streets and shops with dozens of different occupations that children can try out, including being a dentist, a pilot, investment banker, surgeon or firefighter.
The South African version will be the first to offer mining as a career option. This decision was taken due the importance of the mining sector in the country, a KidZania spokesperson told Business Insider. The global mining engineering group DRA will be one of the sponsors of the mining area of the playground. Other companies that will be involved in the playground are Standard Bank, Nedbank, Absa, Mugg n Bean and FedEx.
The 8,000m2 playground in Fourways Malls will open its doors in December, and will contain a Boeing 737, miniature buildings and even its own currency. The franchise owner Alpha Investment Group says it is investing R400 million in the playground
Children up to the age of 18 years will be admitted – each with its own GPS-equipped security bracelet to ensure their safety. Each child will be given 50 'KidZos' to spend, and will be able to earn more through their work.