Stationery Checklist

We have based this checklist on what students may need for school or varsity. Then again, there's no harm in having all of this stationery handy for the office too. You know, just in case.

Other than getting their school uniforms, stationery is a necessary part of your child’s education. For everything you need when it comes to stationery requirements, you can find it all from these stationery stores in the Joburg.

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The Usual Stores


CNA is one of the most popular and trusted stationery stores in the country! They offer everything from books and examinations pads, to every other basic stationery item that you can think of! Click here to find a store near you. You can also shop online at


From stationery, arts and crafts supplies and equipment to office items, educational goodies and plenty of inspiration, PNA has a vast selection of stationery to choose from. Click here to find a store near you. You can also shop online at


To add something trendy, funky, fun or quirky to your or your kid's back-to-school gear, be sure to pay a visit to Typo and check out what's on their shelves! They have a creative selection of notebooks, diaries, pens and pencil cases, and other accessories! You can visit one of their stores or you can shop online and have all of your goodies delivered right to your door.


Not only does Woolies offer great lunchbox ideas and snacks to keep yourself and your kids fed and fuelled for a day filled with classes and meetings, it also offers stationery essentials to get your kids (and even yourself) ready to get back to school (or work, in your case). You can also shop online at


Forgot a few stationery essentials or looking to save some money on your stationery shopping? Well, look no further, as Checkers has some awesome deals and offers great back-to-school savings! Visit your nearest branch and pick up a few things while doing your weekly groceries.

Pick ‘n Pay

Get back into the swing of things with Pick ‘n Pay and their Back-To-School goodies, offering all the stationery essentials you need, as well as lunchbox ideas and treats! You can also shop for your stationery stock online and have it delivered to your desired address.


Need to buy stationery in bulk without busting your budget? then be sure to visit Makro and take a look at their wide range of stationery items ranging from stamps and ink pads, rulers and geometry sets, punches and staplers to markers, pens and pencils, board dusters, school bags and much more. You can visit one of the stores throughout the city or shop for all of your needs online.


For a wide range of stationery at amazing prices that won't cost you a fortune, Game will have everything you need school stationery wise, as well as a much of other useful items such as school bags, lunchboxes, funky accessories and even lots of Back To School snacks! You can either shop in store or online!

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Something Unique


Looking for school stationery and accessories that's uniquely designed, colourful, playful and engaging? Then be sure to visit Yokico and take a look at all the delightful items that they have in store! Their products will most certainly delight and inspire children of all ages to put their tech gadgets down and draw, create, play and write for a change. Click here to take a look at their vibrant range of back to school goodies.

BLOTT Stationery

BLOTT is a stationery and novelty gift store that offers a wide selection of quirky and trendy items that's sure to put a smile across anyone's face. Pay them a visit and take a look at their selection of interesting yet fun erasers, funky pens, vibrant notebooks and stickers, cool school bags, as well as unique lunch tins and water bottles. Click here to see what's on their Back To School Cool List for 2021.


Other than hunting and getting your hands on all the stationery you could possibly ever need, you'll also have to label them with your kid's name. And if you're looking for unique name labels to stick or iron onto all your child's school clothing, books and pencils, then be sure to take a look at Labels4School. They have plenty of cool label designs that come in packs in various sizes, including the starter pack, super pack and budget pack if you're not looking to overspend during your stationery run! You can expect a wide selection of labels, including iron-on labels and special wrap around labels perfect for pens and pencils.


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Note: This list will be updated as we get closer to Black Friday in Johannesburg 2020 and more stores release their specials.

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Flight Centre

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You could snag incredible land (hotel) specials, including international beach holidays and local getaways. Save up to 50% on international beach holidays, up to 45% on local getaways and as always, all the best fares on local and international flights – guaranteed! Here’s a taste of destinations on offer this Black Friday.

MR Price, MR Price Home And MR Price Sport

Gearing up for Black Friday in Johannesburg, the legendary MR Price and its associated stores are gearing up for three crazy days of deals. These specials can be accessed through the MRP app (click here for iOS and click here for Android), online and in-store madness. The sale will run from 27 to 29 November 2020 and shoppers can bag newness in furniturebed and bathhome décoreat, and kids and baby for less!


SA's favourite online fashion retail store will be selling their stock at discounted prices (last year, it went as high as 85% off on certain items). This is something you most certainly don't want to miss. Superbalist offers the latest fashion trends and a slew of essentials for women, men, kids, sports and home. It boasts the largest international brand selection in South Africa, as well as a broad range of local brands – more than 500 in total.

Our favourite site to buy everything from the latest footwear to bandsaws is The online megastore will be putting its own little twist on Black Friday by dubbing it the Blue Dot Sale. If you spend more than R250, you'll receive free standard delivery. There will be a limited supply of some products, so it's a first-come-first-serve type of deal.

From 2 to 26 November, will release thousands of new deals every week:

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Pick 'n Pay Hyper (Online+In-store)

Pick n Pay has announced that it will be extending its Black Friday 2020 sale from a single weekend to two full weeks, starting 13 November. With this, customers will be limited in-store due to COVID-19 safety protocols.


This year, every Friday is Black Friday starting on 6 November 2020 at Zando! That’s 4 Fridays packed with up-to-70% off deals on sneakers, jeans, dresses, heels and more, from your favourite brands like adidas, Sissy Boy, Levi’s & Alpha Industries to name a few.


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Now is the time to get your hands on the perfect bed to ensure you get a good night’s rest! In the spirit of Black Friday, Dial-a-Bed is offering their shoppers 20% OFF EVERYTHING, in-store and online! Expect to get amazing deals and prices across a wide selection of bed brands including Forty Winks, Sealy, Simmons, Dunlopillo, King Koil, Restonic, and Slumber King, in all sizes, from Single all the way to King. And let’s not forget about the bedtime accessories such as big fluffy pillows and mattress protectors.

Interested in seeing what they have to offer? Then click here to take a look at their Black Friday catalogue and get shopping now! Being South Africa’s largest branded bedding retailer, you’re sure to find the perfect mattress from their selection of best sellers in stock.

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Black Betty Design

Receive up to 60% discounts at their outlets in Hyde Park and Sea Point. And to top it off, you'll get FREE shipping for orders made on Friday, 29 November 2020.


Game will run a full month of Black Friday deals in 2020 and is and offering its popular ‘1 cent price surprise’ on all Black Friday purchases. The retailer said that its weekly deals will run from 2 November to 29 November, with each of the four weeks offering different deals. A partnership with Uber Eats, initiated during lockdown level 5 to deliver essential goods, will be expanded for the month to include small electronics and home office essentials, Game said.


It's all fun and games until Makro shows up at the Black Friday sale. This year, Makro is starting much sooner with its Black Friday sale. From 2 - 27 November Joburgers are in for a treat as the wholesaler drops daily online and in-store specials. For everything from cornflakes in bulk to big-screen TVs, Makro will have what you need at a super discounted price. Head to any of the Makro marts around to take advantage of the Black Friday sale.


Have you ever been inside a Checkers on Black Friday? It's crazy... but so are their prices. As one of SA's top supermarts, expect them to be leading the choir this Black Friday, where you'll be able to find your entire grocery cupboard on sale. We can all do with discounted prices on bacon, right? Right.

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For those of us who enjoy staying active (or like to sit on the couch in sportswear), Totalsports is hosting a sale like no other. Head down to your local store or skip the queue by shopping online – that's what we'll be doing. From sports tech to soccer boots, Totalsports is your one-stop shop for all things active.

Sunglass Hut

Seeing as we're headed into a blazing summer, you'll need some fly face gear for when the sun's out. Thanks to Sunglass Hut jumping on to the Black Friday In Johannesburg bandwagon, we can take advantage of the latest designer shades and frames to suit our individual style. From big brands to indie creators, Sunglass Hut is the place to shop this Black Friday.

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Rosebank Mall

At Rosebank Mall, Black Friday will not only be for one day only, but for a full week! Visit the mall and enjoy their week-long Black Friday Sale. And this year, shoppers can enjoy Rosebank Mall’s Black Friday deals from 23 to 30 November 2020, either online or in-centre. And if shoppers visit the centre and spend a R1 000 or more at any of the stores during their Black Friday Sale, they’ll receive a free gift! The gifting station can be located on level 2 next to Mugg & Bean. The gifts can be anything from a R100 mall gift card or free parking for the day.


Don’t miss the biggest sale of the year! With over 90 stores participating, 4 890 FREE parking bays and extended shopping hours, you will certainly be spoilt for choice with plenty of  massive discounts this Black Friday weekend on groceries and food; fashion and accessories; furniture and décor; electronics and gadgets; and much more at Northgate. Worry less about the crowds and remember your shopping list! For your safety, the centre’s social distancing officers will monitor and manage access control at main entrances to ensure efficient queue control. Pause and enjoy great entertainment at The Ice Rink with more than 50% off ice-skating this Black Friday, 27 November 2020! Or let the kids have some carefree fun play at the centre’s indoors play area located at Entrance 8. Why shop on an empty stomach? Grab a chair at the Food Court and enjoy a mouth-watering meal from your favourite outlet.

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Sandton City

The African continent's most popular shopping destination, Sandton City, will be offering a massive range of discounts. Hosting anchor tenants such as Checkers, Woolworths and Game will make the mall an even more attractive calling card for Black Friday 2020 shoppers.

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Eastgate Shopping Centre

The jewel of the east, Eastgate Shopping Centre brings a profound shopping experience to the table. Here you can expect to find everything you need and more... for less! This year, Eastgate is bringing out the big guns with loads of surprises on the table. Stay tuned as we update this section as more news breaks! For now, follow the link below to check out our comprehensive guide to Eastgate Shopping Centre.

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Melrose Arch

Johannesburg's most inclusive precinct, Melrose Arch is joining in on the Black Friday 2020 fun. Tenants such as Woolworths, David Tlale and Totalsport are all joining in and bringing great savings to the table. Who knows, maybe we're lucky and Daytona surprises us with specials on their new line of McLarens!

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The Capital Hotels & Apartments

Act fast and secure massively discounted luxury hotel stays at The Capital Hotels & Apartments this Black Friday! The Capital is your ultimate destination for business and leisure stays, and you get to enjoy luxury at never-to-be-repeated rates for stays between 01 December 2020 – 31 January 2022 in Joburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town.

You can pick a date within a whole-year period (excluding block out periods) to enjoy massively discounted stays. We offer the best experiences, whether it’s for the solo traveller, couples or families. You have a choice of stunning hotel rooms or spectacular apartments.

Be super quick; as this amazing Black Friday offer is only bookable from 25 – 30 November 2020.

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Something Has Been Brewing At Nestlé

Nestlé has launched Starbucks At Home premium instant (soluble) coffee in South Africa! This new range consists of Medium Roast and Dark Roast coffees, as well as a variety of coffee beverages that's sure to delight your taste buds.

We are delighted to introduce the soluble coffee and mixes to our range of Nescafe Dolce Gusto by Starbucks capsules and our Nespresso by Starbucks range launched in August 2019. This addition gives all coffee lovers an extended delicious range to enjoy in the comfort of their homes,” stated Nicole Roos, Business Executive Officer, Coffee and Beverages, Nestlé South Africa.

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Take Your Pick & Enjoy!

The new Starbucks At Home premium instant coffee range offers four delicious flavours for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. These flavours include:

Click here to find out more about these instant coffees.

All products are crafted with the same high-quality, ethically sourced, Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices Arabica coffee beans that are served in Starbucks coffeehouses around the world.

Created by Starbucks master blenders, the new range of Starbucks At Home premium instant coffee is the latest innovation co-developed by Nestlé and Starbucks under the global coffee alliance, which over the last year has brought a broad range of new offerings to more than 40 markets, including South Africa,” added Roos.

Ethically sourced, expertly blended and crafted with the highest quality; the Starbucks At Home premium soluble range aims to position the brand as a leader in innovation and coffee quality, to be enjoyed in an instant.

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Where To Buy This Range

The Starbucks At Home premium instant coffee range is available in selected stores across all main coffee retailers including:

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One lucky reader stands the chance of winning a Starbucks At Home coffee hamper to the value of R380!

To enter, all you have to do is visit our Facebook page, look out for the Starbucks At Home coffee hamper post, and like, comment and share as much as you can. It's that simple.

Competition ends on Wednesday, 08 July 2020. Good luck!

Fruit & Nuts

A variety of fruit come into season in winter, including citrus, papayas, pears and melon. These lovely morsels of goodness are packed with antioxidants and are a natural source of fibre. Pack a handful of fresh fruit into your children's lunchboxes along with an assortment of roasted, unsalted nuts. If your child is not a huge fan of fresh fruit, pick up a Very Berry Roll or Very Berry Protein snack pack from the Checkers Simple Truth range. Checkers is now offering delivery services to select areas in Joburg, so you don't even have to leave the house to stock up on all your lunchbox essentials!


Boiled Eggs With Healthy Veggie Snack Fingers

Boiled eggs are a great source of protein for little ones. If your fussy eater doesn't mind a hard-boiled egg, add one to their lunchbox with an assortment of celery sticks, chopped carrots and a dipping sauce of hummus, smashed avocado or chunky cottage cheese. Bulk up the protein content by tossing in two slices of turkey or chicken loaf. This is finger food at its best and should keep the kids going during cold days at school or home.

Pick n Pay's Livewell range features a super tasty beetroot hummus that the kids are sure to love. Order it online the next time you do your weekly click and shop.


Cinnamon Banana Bran Muffins

Kids love muffins and we all know how important it is to include fibre in our diets - especially for little tummies. Vamp up the classic fibre-rich bran muffin with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon. Cut down on the sugar content by adding a smashed banana into the mixture. Or, grate an apple into the batter to create a lovely cinnamon apple flavour.

Encourage the kids to join you in baking their lunchtime treats. Baking has been proven to be a great sensory activity for kids, as it allows them to get their hands dirty while learning a new skill. Get the kids and yourself a neat 12-hole muffin pan with silicone cupcake holders from before they go back to school.

Butternut Mac And Cheese Cupcakes

Macaroni and cheese is always a winner. Spice up your children's lunchbox with a few butternut mac and cheese cupcakes. We promise these aren't as difficult to make as they sound. Simply roast half a butternut squash in the oven for 45 minutes. Then, cook the macaroni on a medium heat for 6 - 12 minutes, and prepare a basic cheese sauce out of flour, butter, milk and cheddar cheese. Scoop the roasted butternut out of its hard outer skin, and smash it up with a fork. Add the smashed butternut to the cheese sauce, cooking it down to form a thick gravy. Lastly, add the macaroni to the gravy mixture, mixing well. Scoop small portions of the butternut mac and cheese mixture into a greased muffin pan and sprinkle the tops with extra cheese or bread crumbs. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Tip: If your mixture is too runny, beat up an egg and add it to the mac and cheese. This will help solidify your cheesy cupcakes bites.


Cheesy Pizza Quesadillas

Pizza for school lunch? Absolutely. Trick the kids into thinking that they are tucking into a gooey slice of pizza by substituting heavy wheat laden bases for wholewheat tortilla wraps. Use a basic marinara sauce to start out your faux pizza. Add grated cheese, chopped ham or a veggie medley to the base. Then top with a second tortilla wrap. Sandwich the pizza in a toaster press or in a deep griddle pan.

Food Lover's Market stock wholewheat wraps and other assorted health products at their stores located around Joburg. Stop by their mega store at Stoneridge Centre to find the perfect melting cheese for your little one's pizza treat.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Winter wouldn't be the same without a hearty chicken noodle soup. Don't just brew up this delightful meal when the kids are under the weather. Soup packs a nutrient punch and keeps little bellies full for longer. Use whatever recipe you have, making sure to add as much vegetable content as possible. Boost the healing properties of your broth by sprinkling in a pinch of turmeric and grated ginger.

Get your little darling a funky winter flask from Polly Potters Toy Store available on This vacuum flask will keep their soup warm until lunch without any messes.


Need more recipe inspiration for fussy eaters? Check out our article on toddler-friendly dinner recipes!


Woolworths online is available to all shoppers with a valid Store Card, Woolworths credit card or MySchool, MyVillage, MyPlanet card. You can either shop on their website or download the Woolies app to get your grocery shopping done. Woolworths online allows you to create shopping lists based on your favourite items and most frequently purchased essentials. Simply create a profile and get started buying groceries, cleaning products, bath and beauty essentials and items for baby or the kids. Your first delivery is free.

In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Gauteng, Woolworths have implemented a number of health and safety standards to keep both you and their employees safe. When their drivers arrive at your address, they will alert you of their presence before standing back at a distance of at least one metre. Your package will be delivered in bags, so that you need not handle any delivery containers. The driver will place your bags at your gate or door and wait for you to collect them. They will record the date, time and your name in front of you, so there is no need to sign for your delivery. Once you have headed back indoors, the driver will collect any delivery containers and be on their way!

Pick n Pay

Online shopping is made super simple with Pick n Pay's mobile site. All you have to do is create a profile using your email address to begin clicking away for your household staples. Depending on your delivery region, there may be various promotions available. Smart Shoppers can also get bonus discounts on everything from fresh produce to pet's food and much more.

What makes Pick n Pay's online shopping portal even more convenient is that you can choose a time for your delivery. You can also archive your previous purchases for ease the next time you shop. Pick n Pay provides you with your own personal shopper, too. Guaranteed to pick the very best quality products, just as you would. Leave a personalised note for your shopper in the MY TROLLEY view on the site if you have any dietary restrictions, allergies or preferences regarding the products they choose. Easy as that!


Groceries delivered in 60 minutes? Yes please! Checkers recently launched their Sixty60 app, which allows you to shop for all your food and drink essentials at the same low prices as in store. With over 5000 grocery items to choose from, you should never be without the basics. The Checkers Sixty60 app allows you to choose a delivery time and to track your delivery from store to your door. Unfortunately, delivery is limited to the northern Joburg suburbs for now. However, Checkers is working on rolling out this service to new areas in the near future. Click here to see if you fall within their delivery radius.

Fresch Online

While you're on lockdown, you might as well take the time to test your skills in the kitchen. After all, getting your hands on pastries, muffins and other sweet treats may prove tricky during this time. Check out Fresch Online for all your baking goodies, dried fruit, nut butters and other pantry staples. Keeping your immune system in top order is vital during this time as well, so invest in a few bags of super healthy rolled oats and seeds. Cue chia seed pudding breakfast pots and scrumptious crunchies!

Order a customised monthly box filled with all your pantry must-haves, including ground coffee and refreshing rooibos tea. Instead of logging into your Fresch account each month to build your shopping cart, fill out the subscription order once, subscribe, and your order will be delivered to your preferred address on the selected date each month!

*Delivery to Johannesburg regions takes three to four days, so be sure to fill in your order in good time.

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OneCart is the ultimate solution to self-isolation, offering delivery from a number of local stores, including Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Food Lovers Market, Dis-Chem and Clicks. This app allows you to shop from where you are, selecting from a range of items from these stores. An added special app feature is their recipe inspiration - shop for your weekly suppers according to inspiring recipes that you see on the app. OneCart's concierge shoppers are trained to pick only the best products from the stores you choose. Once your grocery shopping has been done, a verified OneCart delivery partner will bring your groceries to your doorstep at your chosen time, guaranteed. Get the app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.


Support local entrepreneurship during these trying times by downloading the Zulzi app. Developed in response to growing frustrations with long shopping queues and wasted time at the supermarket, Zulzi allows you to order fresh groceries or medicine from Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Dis-Chem and Clicks. Delivered to your door in an hour or less, Zulzi only charges a R45 fee to do your shopping and delivery. You can monitor the entire process on the app and schedule a time that suits you for delivery. With over 15 000 orders a month, Zulzi is well-equipped to see you through quarantine and beyond.

Looking for more stores and grocers offering delivery during lockdown? Click here to find a list of local SME's ready to supply fresh produce direct to your door. 

Happy online grocery shopping and stay safe, healthy and positive! Please consider helping the elderly in your community with their shopping if you are able. 

Famous Beluga caviar served at the sushi bar

Delicious hand-stretched and stone baked pizzas straight from the wood-fired pizza oven

The store was officially opened by Shoprite's Chief Executive Officer, Pieter Engelbrecht.

"I am honoured and proud to present this store to you as an outstanding example of the extent of our Group’s ability to innovate in order to give our customers what they want. We take pride in our ability to tailor our products and services to meet our customers’ needs - whether they are looking for the most affordable products in remote areas or looking for artisanal chocolates and breads in Sandton City - all this while we never compromise on value for money."

A decadent chocolatier bar with artisanally crafted truffles made from Belgian chocolate combined with the very best South African ingredients

An in-store ​Kauai​ with its famous salads, wraps and smoothies

Get your greens and stay hydrated this summer!

A​ selection of meat and veggies expertly prepared on the imported Rodizio Grill

Freshly-made artisanal breads and delicious pastries from SCHOON

This will also include a sophisticated new range of confectioneries and luxury cakes, yum!

A temperature-controlled tasting room with wines from over 100 leading estates

That's right! The store will be adding more international wines than any other supermarket as well authentic French champagne and the widest range of Italian prosecco.

The various in-store service departments (such as the Butchery, Bakery, Cheese Deli and Fresh Fruit & Vegetables) are dedicated destination areas - designed to look and feel like a store within a store - offering customers an artisanal market experience within a supermarket environment.

Customers can also expect wider aisles and shelves designed with the shopper in mind, while the seamless floors mean trolleys make less noise when pushed through the store.

Checkers Hyper Sandton City will also offer customers a 100% recyclable and compostable paper bag, which will be the supermarket chain’s first product carrying the new standardised recycling instructions, known as On Pack Recycling Labels (OPRLs), as per the guidelines recently published by the WWF-SA.

Almost 60 new jobs were created with the opening of the newly branded store, bringing Checkers Hyper Sandton City's full staff to 290, of which 225 are women. ​The store will be managed by seasoned Branch Manager, Selva Pillay, who joined the Shoprite Group in 1991 and has more than 28 years experience in retail.

Visit The Store 

Trading hours:

Mondays to Saturdays: 09:00 - 20:00

Sundays: 09:00 - 18:00

Location: Sandton City Mall, Cnr Alice Lane & 5th St, Sandton, 2196

More Information: 011 245 0800

Simply The Best In Fresh 

Checkers want you to live better, so that you can live longer. That's why they have developed the Simple Truth Range - a variety of health food and cleaning products which are free of artificial colourants, flavours, sweeteners and have no added MSG. Featuring pantry essentials, cooking oils and tasty snacks, this range is ever growing to include more of your favourite food goodies. Checkers Simple Truth cleaning products are eco-friendly and biodegradable. So, hop on the Simple Truth band wagon if you are serious about kicking sugar, wheat or dairy to the curb and helping the environment.

Here are some of our favourite Simple Truth snacks and staples:

Checkers Simple Truth

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Reduced sugar, gluten-free and vegetarian friendly, what more could you want in a sticky dark chocolate fudge brownie? Next time you have a hankering for chocolate, pick up one of these. It's an almost guilt-free indulgence. But, beware these are super rich, so pace yourself!

Smooth Roasted Peanut Butter 

We know that some people prefer crunchy peanut butter to smooth, but there is just something so satisfying about the Checkers Simple Truth smooth roasted peanut butter. With no added sugar or salt, this preservative free sandwich spread is super healthy. With its natural fat and high protein content, this is the perfect snack for kids and adults. Spread over apple slices with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and you're in peanut butter heaven.

Unsweetened Almond Milk

Unsweetened almond milk can be hard to come by. But, not at Checkers. Their UHT unsweetened almond milk is suitable for vegans, or anyone looking to start increasing their plant-based consumption. As it's locally made, Checkers Simple Truth almond milk is less costly than imported versions. So, get yourself on the organic bandwagon and drink up those almonds.

Purple Sweet Potato Noodles

Not a fan of zucchini noodles? Neither are we. We much prefer Simple Truth's vegan sweet potato noodles. Egg-free and vibrant with colour, these noodles go well with a hearty lentil bolognaise sauce or veggie stir fry. If sweet potato doesn't float your boat, they also have turmeric noodles and Moringa noodles to get you slurping.

Raw Honey 

The health benefits of raw honey have been proven time and time again. A natural anti-inflammatory, honey is nature's cure to the common cold. Checkers Simple Truth honey is locally sourced wild blossom honey. 100% pure, unfiltered and unheated, this is the ideal pantry staple. Spoon a little into your tea or pair with one of the famous indulgent cheeses at Checkers. Yum!

Oh My Goodness! 

Cooking healthy meals for the kids day in and day out can be tedious to say the least. That's where the Checkers Oh My Goodness! range comes in. Endorsed by Gordon Ramsay himself, this range of pre-made meals and snacks are free from MSG, added sugar and salt, and contain no added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. However, there is no skimping on flavour here. The kids will love the natural sweetness of berries included in their fruit rolls, yogurts and gluten-free cereals. Get rid of all the usual nasty stuff and feed the kids natural goodness instead.

Banting Revolution

Banting took over the food world a few years ago. While most of the hype has died down, there are still a good number of Banting devotees out there. To help you keep your carb intake down, Checkers developed a range of Banting friendly salad dressings, marinades, cured meats and seeded breads. No need to worry about hidden sugars in your condiments or snacks!

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Health Connection Wholefoods

If the Simple Truth range, Oh My Goodness! and Banting Revolution weren't enough to kick start your journey to the healthy life, then check out Health Connection Wholefoods on shelves at Checkers, which includes rolled oats, quinoa, chia and pumpkin seeds and almond flour. These are all you need to perfect your gluten-free baking. These healthy alternatives also make breakfast a whole lot easier. So, rather than picking up that sugar loaded petrol station muffin, prepare yourself a jar of overnight oats or chia pudding.

So, there you have it! All of the essential Checkers Simple Truth health products you should add to your shelves. Happy, healthy eating!

Click here to find your nearest Checkers store in Johannesburg.


Checkers launched their meal kits not too long ago. These boxes include a recipe and all the main ingredients needed to make a delicious meal. Pantry ingredients like salt, pepper, water and oil, among others, will be needed for most of the meals. Each week there are several options to choose from including a meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian option. These kits range in price and cooking times. The wide variety of meals makes meal prep and healthy eating much easier.

Find more information here.


Woolworths has been a convenient place to shop for quick and easy meals for as long as we can remember. They have always offered hot and tasty pies, yummy microwave meals, pre-made pasta, sandwiches at the ready and delicious rotisserie chicken. The latest of these offerings are their meal kits. Naturally, these are a little more pricey than Checkers, but many a consumer are happy to pay for the Woolworths brand. These kits also include all the necessary ingredients, except common pantry items, and a recipe for choices like Hake Korma, Rib-eye Steak, Mushroom and Pearl Barley and Spanish Chicken and Chorizo.

Find more information here.


UCOOK offers 12 menu options a week, which are based on seasonal ingredients. They deliver all the items needed for these meals as well as the recipes. Their kits are divided into three categories, Health Nut, Vegetarian and Easy Peasy. You can choose how many meal kits you want, how many people you want to feed and which day of the week the kit gets delivered. Menu items include dishes like risotto, soup, tacos and curries.

Find more information here.

Meal prep

Daily Dish

Daily Dish offers a weekly meal kit which includes ingredients for your choice of three or four meals. You can choose which meals you want for the week, out of their 20 options and you can choose to feed between one, two or four people. Menus include Classic, Family, Banting, Vegetarian and Pork-free dishes. All the ingredients, except pantry items, are delivered to your door in thermally cooled boxes, which they will happily recycle for you.

Find more information here.

Like A Chef

This company offers meal kits that feed your choice of two or four people. Each kit contains three meals per person, available in either Classic, Pork-free, Foodie or Wholesome dishes. Before you choose a meal, you can see what ingredients are used and what ingredients you'll need from your pantry, as well as how long it will take to prepare and the level of spice.

Find more information here. 


DayToDay offers cooler boxes, which are recyclable, containing everything you need to prepare four healthy meals a week. The meals cater to people who are carb conscious, fitness fanatics and don't eat pork. There is also an Express option, containing meal kits that take 30 minutes or less to prepare. And they have lunch sorted for parents, kids and working professionals.

Find more information here. 


In recent years, Modderfontein has grown from the once small mining town into a flourishing suburb. It now boasts a nature reserve, shopping centre and a plethora of recreational activities ranging from museums to tree climbing.

The Flamingo Shopping Centre is the latest development in Modderfontein. What was once the Post Office on High Street has become a C-shaped block of shops, offering the locals the ease and convenience of nearby grocery stores, gift stores, clothing outlets and restaurants.

The most convenient of these shops is the Checkers. One may think that Checkers is not worth boasting about, but this particular branch exudes a feel reminiscent of a deli rather than South Africa's leading supermarket chain. This is because they have a diverse cheese and cold meat section, styled in tones of beige and black. Their produce section offers some interesting items that are hard to come by in regular grocery stores. And the rest of the shop offers all the satisfaction of a regular supermarket, including the great Checkers' specials and products that are harder to find at other branches.



Gift shopping will be a breeze as this centre has several boutique shops, florists, gift shops and a quirky stationery store that stocks bounds of trinkets for any occasion. They also have an interesting toy shop for the little ones. Or try the art gallery to gift the art enthusiasts in your life.

Other stores that have been added include beauty salons, spas, pet shops, biltong shops, printing shops and a cell phone store. And they have ATMs for all the major banks. All-in-all, shopping here is a dream. And the odd shape of the building has provided ample parking for shoppers and diners visiting the centre.

Last but certainly not least, to the locals anyway, are the plentiful restaurants offering a multitude of cuisines for every palate. Flamingo has a multitude of restaurants, from Greek and Italian to Lebanese and Indian. They even have a restaurant that caters for vegans and vegetarians.

Dining Out


The construction of the shopping centre has impacted the rest of the area as well. The roads have been renovated to remove all the traffic circles and robots have been installed in their place. The local garage has also been renovated and built-up. The project will continue by bringing in new life into the wetlands and dam in Modderfontein. There are also plans for a secure community park to be developed to take this suburb into the next era.

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Woolworths has recently launched their new plant-based food range among its many branches across Joburg. Their new range includes a diverse selection of items, such as cheese, milk and meat alternatives. Their cheese range is made out of coconut oil and is soya-free. It has Greek style cheese, cream cheese, cheddar and cheese spread. Woolworths also has a healthy choice of vegan milks, such as almond, coconut and rice, coconut, soya and rice milks. Their meat alternatives are extensive, from burger patties made from vegetables to sandwich slices made from pea protein. And their vegan biltong, made from mushrooms, is certainly worth mentioning. These dried morsels taste like a chewy and slightly bitter version of the real thing. Woolies also has a few of their delicious pre-made snacks and meals in vegan options as well as pre-made vegan jelly.

Find out more about your favourite Woolworths branch here.


Spar stocks the widest variety of South Africa's own vegan brand, Fry's. Here, vegans can get some delicious and affordable burger patties, schnitzels, nuggets, sausages, polony, sausage rolls and pies. They also have a Crafted range, featuring butternut balls, falafels and a country roast. Certain branches of Spar, such as the Craighall Park and Broadacres branches, also stock various vegan ice cream, salad dressing, sandwiches, Meraki products and tofu. This is a good retailer to browse through and catch some interesting finds. If that wasn't enough, Spar has now launched their own range of vegan and vegetarian goodies, called Simply Veg. Give their vegan nuggets a try, these are free from onion, garlic, dairy and egg.

Find out more about your favourite Spar branch here.

Pick n Pay

PnP offers all the same Fry's products as Spar, but they also sell Quorn. Quorn is a meat substitute made from mycoprotein, a plant-based fungus. Products under this range include bacon, chicken-style pieces and fillets, sausages and burger patties, among others. They have a vegetarian range as well as a vegan range, both of which taste the same with the vegan option having a softer texture. Be sure to look out for the vegan label on the bag to make sure you don't receive a product that contains dairy or eggs. This is, in our option, the best tasting and textured of the meat alternatives. Pick n Pay also sells a fair range of vegan milks, such as almond and soy. To boot, PnP now offers shoppers delicious and affordable vegan items as part of their Pick n Pay Livewell range.

Find out more about your favourite Pick n Pay branch here.

vegan burgers


Checkers stocks both Quorn and Fry's products. But they also stock the popular British range, Linda McCartney. Named for the Beatles' Paul McCartney's late wife, this range produces vegetarian and vegan products. Again, it's important to check your labels to make sure the products are vegan. They have sausages, burgers and pies among their range. These products have a more meaty taste than its competitors, so it's perfect for those new to the vegan lifestyle or who are still adjusting. Checkers also have their Simple Truth range, which has many vegan products, including milk, pasta, pizza, burger patties, pre-made meals and snacks.

Find out more about your favourite Checkers branch here.

Food Lover's Market

This grocer sells many vegan options, aside from all the fruit and vegetables, that is. They sell bags of soya mince, just soak in hot water or stock for 15 minutes then use like regular mince. They also have vegan mayonnaise and vegan milk alternatives, such as Almond Breeze. Recently, they became a stockist for Tofutti, dairy-free imitation cheese. But what makes this store worth stopping at is their Almond Creamery, a brand of flavoured vegan drinking milk.

Find out more about your favourite Food Lover's branch here.


We all know Dischem as our favourite pharmacy and health store. But they also sell some interesting and delicious vegan products. Dischem stocks all types of vegan milks and even vegan milk powder. They also sell Violife cheese and cold sandwich cuts. Best of all, they provide vegan jelly sachets and chocolate. You can find a wide variety of dressings, sauces, condensed milk and even plant-based protein for the gym bunnies.

Find out more about your favourite Dischem branch here.

Vegan Cheese

To see where you can find even more vegan products, check out our list of the best vegan food stores in Johannesburg.

What is your favourite vegan range? Let us know in the comments section below!

University is completely different from high school in many ways. But, it's much the same when it comes to stocking up on the essentials. Of course, textbooks, notepads, stationery and art supplies top the list of important items to stock up on for the semester. However, there are a whole range of handy accessories that can make your study life way easier. Here are our top picks for back to varsity must-haves 2020:

The Essentials


Finding university textbooks can prove to be a true test of patience. Nevertheless, there are a number of reputable retailers in and around the city. The most well-known textbook outlet has to be Van Schaik's. They have six stores in Johannesburg and are the official suppliers of UNISA textbooks. Alternatively, check out Book Express in Westdene. These guys have been in the business for over 14 years and are conveniently located opposite the University of Johannesburg's Kingsway Campus.

Accounting and Law students, you have a discount textbook store in Parktown dedicated solely to your learning. Established in 1998, Discount Textbooks offers students, as well as big and small auditing firms, legal firms and banks throughout the country, the very best in marked down textbooks. English literature and theatre students, don't forget to pop into your nearest Bookdealers. These specialists in out of print and rare books have a large store of fiction which is likely to appear on your setwork lists.

Most of these bookstores also have online shopping options, so you won't have to spend precious petrol or transport money on tracking them down. Alternatively, visit to browse through their stock of academic books.

Stationery and Notebooks

Sometimes all you need to get yourself motivated for the new semester is a few quirky pens and a funky notebook. Stationery from Typo is creative, cheeky and caters to almost any taste. Their frequent two-for-one notebook sales are definitely student-budget friendly.

If you are looking for more understated, less ironically cool stationery, pop into PNA stores. Art students will be especially impressed by PNA's vast range of affordable art supplies. Their stores also now offer loyalty cards to help you earn rewards and receive discounts on your favourite varsity must-haves.

Have some money saved up to spend on yourself? Pop into Herbert Evans Art Shop to find an array of fine tipped felt pens, graphite pencils, paint and journals. You can either visit their flagship store at Rosebank Mall or take a trip to trendy Maboneng to stop by their new location on Main Street.


The Fun Stuff


Having your own laptop can make varsity life a whole lot easier. For student budget-friendly tech gear, check out's Back to School sale on laptops. With no item priced over R5000, this is a bargain hunt worth taking note of. Looking for something more portable? Their online store also has a wide range of tablets and iPads perfect for note taking and reading.

In need of a printer? Pop by your nearest Incredible Connection for an awesome deal on an Epson L3110 3 In 1 Ecotank Printer. Available for only *R2699 until 26 January 2020, this definitely tops our list of back to varsity must-haves.

varsity must haves

Clothing and Sneakers 

The start of the first semester is the perfect time to freshen up your wardrobe. First year students in particular are likely to need a couple of new wardrobe staples (no more uniforms guys!). This is a period in your life to experiment with as many different clothing styles as possible. For on-trend casual wear, we recommend shopping at Cotton On stores. While they may be a little pricey, you can easily mix and match key staples like jeans and band t-shirts from their extensive range.

If you are more into online shopping, check out the Vintage Lover online store. Established in 2010, this unique brand offers both vintage inspired wear and bang on trend fashion items. They even have an entire shopping selection dedicated to scrunchies!

Alternatively, spend a day thrift hunting at one of the many second-hand stores or Wits Hospice Charity Stores around Joburg. Not only will you find great bargains for one-of-a-kind vintage items, you will be contributing to a good cause.

Backpacks and Snacks

A great backpack is essential to making your everyday tasks a lot easier. Walking around campus to classes is often exhausting. The weight of textbooks, laptops and stationery can make the walk even more strenuous. Avoid using your old school bag and visit Zando to shop their wide range of backpacks. They offer everything from sports bags to compact leather drawstring shoulder sling-overs.

Now, the campus "cool" kids may never be found carrying around dorky lunchboxes filled with healthy snacks, but we can't all be cool. So, stack up on some delicious goodies from Checkers' new health food range, Simple Truth. We love their sugar-free Mango fruit gum snack pack and assorted convenience meal bowls.

Happy learning! 

When the craving hits, the craving hits! And because of that we took up the challenge to knock out a list of the best pancakes in Joburg. Yup, we ate it all so that you will know where to park your car the next time the craving klaps.

Salvation Cafe

For quite some time Salvation Cafe has been the go-to brunch spot for locals in and around Milpark. As one of 44 Stanley's most popular tenants, Salvation Cafe offers an authentic cafe experience one would find along the French Riviera during springtime. And what better way to soak up the sun at the edge of Africa than with a hearty dose of pancakes? Choose between classic pancakes glittered with cinnamon sugar, fresh lemon juice and syrup, or island it up with a Caribbean-inspired flatty topped with fresh fruit, a berry coulis, syrup and yogurt.


Pancakes In Joburg

Arbour Cafe

A pancake by any other name is still a pancake... but if you want to be linguistically correct without stepping on any French toes, head to Arbour Cafe in Birdhaven to get your crepe on. Options range from the simple sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and syrup entry to the more complex brandy flambéed orange butter sauce crepe. Our favourite would be the Nutella and banana rendition for sure. Wash this down with one of the many teas Arbour Cafe has on offer.


Pancakes In Joburg

The Perfect Cup

You know you're in for a treat when you sit down in a coffee shop that reminds you of your cultured aunt's kitchen. The perfect Cup in Parkview has become a home away from home for many Joburg residents... and with the homeliness comes pancakes, of course. With four sweet and three savoury options to choose from, there's something for every mood imaginable (as if we need an excuse to stuff our faces with the fluffiest and most delicate pancakes in Joburg). The menu sings songs of apples and cream, peppermint chocolate and ice cream, and mince, chicken and tuna fillings.


Pancakes In Joburg

De Molen

With by far the biggest variety of pancakes on this list of top pancakes in Joburg, De Molen is a Dutch bakery and restaurant hidden inside a windmill in Edenvale. Far from the beautiful and heritage-rich streets of Holland, De Molen offers items such as savoury bacon and cheese, chicken mayo stuffed pancakes or cherries and cream, and Dutch apple and cinnamon pancakes, to name a few. The coffee is also good, the vibe great, and the rest of the menu just as delicious. De Molen truly serves the best pancakes in Joburg even though these are a tad thicker than we're used to.



Pick-a-Pancake is a family restaurant with an endearing cow theme, and they specialises in meal-size pancakes with savoury or sweet fillings. The menu is not limited to pancakes, however, as they also serve a variety of meals such as breakfasts, tramezzini, salads, chips, etc... but we're here to talk about pancakes! Patrons can expect an interesting combination of diner-style fillings such as an English breakfast pancake complete with egg, roasted tomato, caramelised onion and bacon.

Details: 076 153 0617, Old Rustenburg Road, Hartbeespoort, Brits, 0216

Honorable Mention: Checkers

For years - if not decades - we've been nibbling our way through Saturday morning grocery shopping on the most amazing, plain Jane pancakes under the African sun. On most days, especially over weekends, Checkers stores across Gauteng roll out the old gas stove and a big jar of pancake batter and get cracking. The price per pancake is quite low and toppings are strictly limited to the old-school cinnamon sugar and lemon juice – which is sometimes exactly what you're craving.

By Shawn Greyling