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BLACK FRIDAY LIVE UPDATES | 'My fear is using my money before I buy for my kids'

BLACK FRIDAY LIVE UPDATES | 'My fear is using my money before I buy for my kids'

November 26 — 10:55

'We are scared we might go into lockdown, so we are shopping'

Kgomotso Lebese, who is with her mother, said they have a budget for their shopping and are planning to stick to it.

The 30-year-old was hoping there would be great deals like last year. "I missed last year's special and I heard it was good," she said.

She raised concerns of Covid-19 infections, however. "So far there is no social distancing but we are wearing masks and we are sanitising. We are scared we might go into lockdown, so we are shopping so that when they close we will be finished." — Shonisani Tshikalange

November 26 — 10:46

'My fear is using my money before I buy for my kids'

In the Pretoria CBD shoppers queue outside a shoe store. Some say they are hoping to get good deals on children's shoes.

Tsumbedzo Ravele said it is his first time shopping on a Black Friday.

"We are expecting good deals for kids. We are shopping for shoes for kids. I am willing to spend about R7,000 at different shops for my kids. It's my first time buying on Black Friday. I want to compare if the deals are good," he said.

Ravele, who lives in Atteridgeville, arrived in the Pretoria CBD at about 9am.

"I do have fears [about Covid-19] because there might be people who are infected. My fear is using my money before I buy for my kids. I want to spend on them before I spend on my things," he said. — Shonisani Tshikalange

November 26 — 10:35

Queues in Gqeberha this morning

November 26 — 10:06

Ekurhuleni mall reopens after flooding

Golden Walk Centre Management has confirmed that Golden Walk shopping centre in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, will be open to the public following a flooding incident on Thursday.

“The Golden Walk mall can confirm unexpected flooding of its premises following torrential rains over the past 24 hours. Our teams have been on site since last night to pump the water out and since this morning have been assisting tenants with the clean-up so normal operations can resume,” it said.

“The mall will be open to the public for Black Friday sales though we do expect some tenants to open only later during the day.” — Shonisani Tshikalange

November 26 — 09:27

'It's a win compared to the normal price'

Johannah Maimela says she is excited about the Black Friday bargains.

"I am here for a special, I saw it on TV. It's a win compared to the normal price. I got here around 8am and I was not expecting to find thing long queue. I am not sure if I will get what I want, I might find everything finished," she said at Nkomo Village in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

She said she also has fears of the country going to lock down: "I do have fears about Covid but I am satisfied that everyone is wearing a mask."

She was only visiting one shop to do her Christmas shopping, she added. — Shonisani Tshikalange

November 26 — 09:13

'Better queuing than chaos' — Pretoria store manager

The manager of a store at Nkomo Village in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, which has drawn a lot of customers, says he is very happy with the day so far.

Lenton Moodley, area manager at Boxer, said they opened at 6am, while staff came in at 5am for preparations.

"It was very hard to manage the expectations. However, we tried to the best of our abilities. We cannot service every single person unfortunately — it's on a 'first come, first served' basis. We did have sufficient stock but demands are very high."

He said everything has started off smoothly. "I saw the line, it's better to have everyone queuing outside for social distancing than having chaos." — Shonisani Tshikalange

November 26 2021 - 08:12

Snaking queues for specials amid Covid-19 fears

There is already a long queue that goes out to the malls parking lots as shoppers wait for their turn to shop at Nkomo Village in Atteridgville. Shoppers have lined up, wearing masks and most carrying trolleys.

Evelyn Tabane, who regretted not waking up early after seeing the snaking queue, said she was excited about the special deals she saw at one of the stores. She, however, expressed concern about Covid-19 infections.

"During this time of Covid-19, we don't know if we will be able to survive because there are many of us out here. I am willing to wait for my turn because this is a big special, I am hoping that I will get everything that I want."

She said she wanted to buy cleaning products, considering there might be another lockdown. "The cases are increasing now," she said. — Shonisani Tshikalange

November 26 2021 - 06:00

Black Friday comes early due to supply disruptions

'Black Friday' drags through November amid tight US inventories and a shortage of workers

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