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Last updated: 31 March, 1:04pm

Shoprite has a “U Save” mobile shop

The residents of Ocean View in Cape Town were happy to find that one of SA's big retail giants had come to them! A mobile shop has been set up in an effort to keep people - especially the elderly and impaired, close to home. The mobile shop offers essentials like bread, water, frozen goods and more. READ MORE

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They aren't rumours - no supermarkets will be selling alcohol during the 21-day lockdown

At a media briefing on Wednesday, police minister Bheki Cele announced that no alcohol would be sold during South Africa's #SALockdown and no one would be able to transport alcohol from one place to another. The consequences? A hefty fine or six months in jail, or both. READ MORE

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Supermarket to pay shop floor and distribution staff R102 million 'appreciation' bonus

Shoprite is the largest retailer in Africa, with 2 934 stores in 15 countries, providing more than 147 000 jobs throughout the continent, says Fin24. The supermarket chain will pay its employees on the front line starting on 2 April. "Our employees are crucial players in the task ahead and the group wants to thank and reward them for their tireless efforts to stock our shelves with food and other essentials for our 29 million shoppers," said Shoprite CEO Pieter Engelbrecht. READ MORE.

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On 23 March President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown that will come into effect on Thursday 26 March at midnight. This means that all businesses will close. No one will be allowed to leave their homes for 21 days unless under strictly controlled circumstances. Pharmacies, banks and supermarkets will remain open but it is still unclear if food businesses like restaurants offering deliveries and takeaways will remain open. READ MORE.

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Retailers and supermarkets have enforced social-distancing in their queues. READ MORE

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SPAR in Parklands urges customers not to panic buy

The Parklands Spar in Cape Town has requested that customers minimise "panic buying" as it is unnecessary and results in a shortage of stock for those customers that follow. They also have dedicated people sanitizing trolleys and baskets. READ MORE.

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Pick n Pay putting limits in place for essential items

Pick n Pay has put stock limits in place. This is to ensure that we can keep as many customers as possible in stock of essentials. They have also implemented no-contact deliveries. So drivers will arrive at your address, ring the bell, and stand back. Once you answer the door, your order will be conveniently placed at a safe distance. The driver will then record your name, with the date and time of service in front of you, so you won’t need to sign any paperwork. The driver will depart with no direct contact. READ MORE


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Pick n Pay pensioner-only shopping hour

Pick n Pay, one of the country’s largest retailers, announced on 17 March that it would be allowing only pensioners to shop in its stores on Wednesdays from 7am to 8am. This comes after supermarkets have been inundated with customers panic-shopping as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic that is sweeping the globe and beginning to tighten its grip on South Africa. Many shops are running out of stock of toilet paper, hand sanitiser and other items deemed essentials in this coronavirus crisis. 

The pensioners’ hour will start on 18 March 2020. If you are 65 years and older, set your alarm for an early wake-up on Wednesdays! Pick n Pay is all yours for the hour. *Ensure you have your ID with you. READ MORE.

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