Voting for Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap to become South Africa’s first official Lego set, is now open! South African Lego fan, Wayne Nestadt recently designed and entered his idea for the Lego Ideas competition. The set he created features the iconic colourful houses of 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap as well as the people of the community.
To date, no Lego set represents the beauty, heritage and diversity of South Africa. According to TimesLive, Nestadt chose Bo-Kaap because it was one of the country’s most photographed places and filled with history and diversity. Nestadt said winning the competition would mean more global recognition for both South Africa and the iconic Bo-Kaap neighbourhood.
This is not the first Lego product idea for the Bo-Kaap. Another local Lego fan who goes by the username Urban-LEGO-Mom also created a Bo-Kaap inspired set called ‘Bo-Kaap Corner‘ – a colourful and interactive set that tells the story of a lively and close-knit community also featured on the ideas website.
Another, stunning model (seen below) of the Bo-Kaap was built by Peter Furstenberg and featured in Cape Town’s first LEGO store that opened in Canal Walk during September. You can read more about Furstenberg’s Bo-Kaap inspired model right here.
Winning would be amazing and it’s not about the money. It would be great for SA, as it would be represented on a global level.”
The Lego Group is a Danish toy production company based in Billund best known for their signature brand of interlocking plastic toy bricks. The Lego Group has also built several amusement parks around the world, each known as Legoland, and operates numerous retail stores.
In 2011, Lego bowed to pressure from the environmental campaigning organisation Greenpeace, agreeing to drop supplier Asia Pulp and Paper, and pledging to only use packaging material certified by the Forest Stewardship Council in future.
The company reportedly acknowledges the impact of its operations on the environment, in particular in areas such as climate change, resource and energy use and waste. All its manufacturing sites are now certified according to the environmental standard ISO 14001. The first Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind turbines off the coast of Germany began producing electricity in February 2015, which will help The Lego Group reach its goal of being based 100% on renewable energy by 2020 while the company continues to search for plant-based/sustainable alternatives to their products.
VOTE FOR WAYNE NESTADT’S BO-KAAP LEGO SET
How to vote:
- Visit the Lego Ideas website.
- Click sign in to create your profile.
- In the search box, type Wayne Nestadt to find his Bo-Kaap creation.
- Click “support”.