Level 3 Lockdown Update 

As the country entered level 3 lockdown on Monday, 01 June 2020, many businesses and trade sectors were allowed to reopen. As Bedford Centre welcomes back more of their tenants and their loyal customers, stringent safety and hygiene measures will remain in place. This is to ensure the health and safety of all who visit the centre. Your cooperation and support is appreciated during this time.

Safety Precautions In Place At Bedford Centre

There are various health and safety measures implemented across the centre, which include:

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Trading Hours 

Under level 3 lockdown, Bedford Centre has extended its trading hours:

Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday and Public Holidays: 09:00 – 15:00

Stores Open In Level 3 Lockdown

Bedford Centre is a premium shopping destination situated in Bedfordview, offering a huge variety of retail stores, two supermarkets, numerous restaurants, family fun and an undeniable European-aesthetic. During level 3 lockdown, most stores will be open at Bedford Centre for grocery essentials, winter clothing and bedding, cellular services, medicines and books. Certain restaurants will also be open for deliveries and collections.

Banking Services

Groceries 

Footwear & Clothing 

Health & Beauty 

Homeware 

Eyecare

Restaurants (delivery or collection only)

Books & Stationery 

Cellular & Gaming

Specialty Stores

Services 

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Stores Not Open In Level 3 Lockdown

Unfortunately, a few stores will not be permitted to trade during this time. These stores include:

Parking Information

To ensure your safety and convenience, parking will be free at Bedford Centre for the month of June. Upon arrival the boom will automatically open and no ticket will be dispensed. When exiting the centre, proceed straight to the booms.

For More Information

Visit www.bedfordcentre.com for more information. Also, follow Bedford Centre on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on their trading hours and store offerings during level 3 lockdown.

Details: Cnr Smith & Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | +27 11 622 1840 | [email protected]

Bedford Centre

*Please note that this information was correct at the time of writing in June 2020.

Level 3 Lockdown Update 

As the country entered level 3 lockdown on Monday, 01 June 2020, many businesses and trade sectors were allowed to reopen. As Eastgate Shopping Centre welcomes back more of their tenants and their loyal customers, stringent safety and hygiene measures will remain in place. This is to ensure the health and safety of all who visit the centre. Your cooperation and support is appreciated during this time.

Safety Precautions In Place At Eastgate Shopping Centre

There are various health and safety measures implemented across the centre, which include:

Eastgate Shopping Centre

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Trading Hours 

Under level 3 lockdown, Eastgate Shopping Centre will be extending its trading hours from 09:00 - 18:00 from Monday to Sunday. However, some tenants may be trading outside of these hours. Please see a list of stores trading with their relevant trading hours below:

Stores Open In Level 3 Lockdown

Eastgate Shopping Centre is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere and world-class fashion, beauty, retail and homeware offerings. Most of the centre's stores will be open in level 3 lockdown, apart from those not permitted to trade, such as hair salons, certain restaurants and tobacconists. Find the full list of stores not trading in level 3 lockdown at Eastgate Shopping Centre here.

Nevertheless, if you are in need of grocery essentials, winter clothing and bedding, cellular services, medicines or stationery for the kids, Eastgate Shopping Centre is the place to go.

Banking Services

Groceries & Fresh Produce

Restaurants (delivery only)

Clothing & Footwear 

Jewellery & Accessories 

Homeware

Eyecare

Cellular & Gaming

Health & Beauty 

Gifts & Stationery 

Services

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Parking Information

To further ensure your safety and convenience, Eastgate Shopping Centre parking will be free until further notice. Upon arrival the boom will automatically open and no ticket will be dispensed. When exiting the centre, proceed straight to the booms.

For More Information

Visit www.eastgateshops.com for more information. Also, follow Eastgate Shopping Centre on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for regular updates on their stores, trading hours and special offers.

Details: (Tel) +27 11 479 6000 | [email protected]

The Market Reopens

The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market closed in mid-March in accordance with lockdown regulations. This not only impacted their loyal patrons, but the hard-working artisans and traders who rely on the market to make ends meet. Thankfully, the market has now been allowed to reopen to sell essential goods, takeaways and clothing under level 3 lockdown.

On Thursday, 02 July 2020, the market officially reopened for full trade, welcoming back as many traders as possible to bring quality organic food and household products to their customers. You can purchase food items (including takeaways and hot drinks), winter clothing and bedding, trinkets and medical items at the market.

The market's restaurant traders are also back in full swing. Take a seat under the beautiful trees in the tea garden to enjoy a sit down meal. Take your pick from pizza prepared by La Cuisine du Jardin, Empanadas from Churrie Kings, banting options from The Keto Kitchen, vegan food from Leafy Greens, Indian street food from Meera's or a delicious piece of cake or quiche from Bettina's Cafe. It's the perfect feast to welcome you back to your favourite organic market in the city!

You can now visit the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market on Thursdays between 09:30 - 13:00 or on Saturdays between 09:00 - 15:00 to get your hands on all your organic goodies.

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COVID-19 Precautions

In accordance with lockdown regulations, the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market reopened under special conditions. These have been put in place to not only protect their traders, but you as well. These are just some of the precautions now in place at the market:

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Shop Online

If you aren't quite ready to brave the world just yet, fear not. The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market's online store is still up and running. Here you can order a range of essential products from their top traders, including Braeside Meat Market, The Bryanston Market PGS Farmer Stall and Leafy Greens. Order your products at their online store or via email before 14:00 on a Monday to receive your order at the market or to your door by the same Thursday. The market is currently only delivering within a 20km radius from their venue and all orders must be to the value of R250 or more.

Buy Now, Enjoy Later 

Many of the market's regular traders have not been permitted to trade in lockdown. You can help support their livelihoods by purchasing a Bryanston Market Gift Voucher through their Yoco account. These vouchers will be valid for three years and can be dedicated to your vendor of choice. Simply email [email protected] to let them know exactly who your donation should go towards.

For More Information

Visit www.bryanstonorganicmarket.co.za for more information about the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market's lockdown initiatives and updates on their next market event.

You can also follow them on social media to stay up to date with their latest news:

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Details: 40 Culross Road (off Main Road), Bryanston, Johannesburg | 27 (11) 706 3671 | [email protected]

Beauty Bests

Winter is well on its way, so now is the time to stock up on all your beauty care essentials. From must-have makeup, to moisturising face masks and everything in between, you can now shop for the best in beauty online at these stores:

Dis-Chem Pharmacies

Yes, we know that Dis-Chem has been open for trade throughout lockdown. But they are now allowed to sell all makeup and beauty products in-store and online. For budget-friendly beauty care, turn to this trusted pharmacy retailer. Dis-Chem online beauty is back with a bang, offering you discounts on a variety of items, including fragrances and skincare products. So, not only can you spruce up your at-home beauty routines, but you'll be saving a pretty penny to treat yourself with once lockdown is over.

House of Cosmetics

This is no time to be traipsing from store to store in search of all your beauty essentials. Rely on House of Cosmetics instead to bring you the very best from top local and international makeup and beauty care retailers. They represent both Essence and CATRICE cosmetics - two of Germany's biggest selling makeup ranges. All orders over *R300 are delivered for free, so get shopping!

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Fab Winter Fashion

If you haven't yet ventured out to stock up on winter woolly warmers, perhaps you should consider shopping online instead. It's much safer than heading out to a crowded mall and it's tons of fun, too! Here are our top picks for winter fashion shopping online:

Mr Price

Times are tough for us all at the moment. Rather than blow your budget on over-priced winter fashion pieces, spend wisely with Mr Price online. Whether it's on-trend must-haves you're after, or everyday staples, Mr Price has something for everybody. You can now order for delivery to your door for only *R45 extra, or click and collect at your nearest store. Either way, it's contactless shopping at its best. Sign up for online shopping here.

Zando

During this time of uncertainty, many of us will turn to our favourite and most trusted brands for comfort. But you needn't spend a fortune to get your hands on the best winter gear from the likes of Reebok, Adidas, Nike, Aldo and Utopia. Visit Zando.co.za for budget deals on brand wear for kids, women and men. Their winter selection is both practical and fashion-forward, so you can look your fabulous best when you do step out into the real world again.

Accessorise 

Accessories are always a must, even in lockdown. Putting on your favourite pair of hoop earrings or a snazzy watch in the morning can really help lift your spirits. Get shopping for something sparkly and new at these online accessory stores:

Superbalist

Superbalist is great for all things fashion, but its their collection of accessories that truly shines. From handbags to belts, eye wear, jewellery and scarves, their online store has all you need to look your absolute finest this winter. Their prices range too, from wallet wise to special occasion spoils. With brands like Aldo and Steve Madden on the bill as well, you can get top quality accessory pieces without having to step foot outside.

Bella Luna 

Birthday celebrations in lockdown can be quite a sad affair. But they don't have to be! Spoil yourself or that special someone with a trinket or accessory from Bella Luna. This local stockist of the best international brands for jewellery, watches and custom accessories is offering a 50% discount on a huge range of jewellery and watches until the end of June. So, get shopping!

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Where will you be shopping for all your beauty and fashion essentials this winter? Let us know if you find any other online stores offering delivery in lockdown! 

As we progress through lockdown level 4 and hopefully get downgraded to lockdown level 3 by 01 June 2020, Killarney Mall's stores are reopening to resume trading and supplying their customers with everything they need during the lockdown period. To find out which stores are open and operating and their trading hours, keep reading to find out more.

Click here to find more malls in Joburg who are open and operating during the lockdown.

Safety Precautions In Place at Killarney Mall

Killarney Mall have, where possible, put additional measures in place to enhance cleaning and hygiene protocols within the centre to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The frequency of cleaning the bathrooms and all surfaces in the mall has been increased.

The cleaning team have been issued the necessary equipment.

Soap dispensers in the bathrooms are accessible and available.

Standard personal hygiene and COVID-19 information will be readily available in the mall.

All events and in mall activations have been postponed until further notice.

Hand sanitiser stations will be available at all the mall entrances, as well as at the office tower entrance.

Following these additional safety measures, access to the medical suites from the inside of the mall will be closed. To access the medical suites, use the entrance from the Pick ‘n Pay upper-level parking.

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Groceries & Services

Restaurants*

*Please note: Ordering from the above restaurants is exclusively via UberEats and MrD apps. 

Fashion

Health, Wellness & Beauty

Homeware & Electronics

Lifestyle

Telecommunications

Bank Services

For More Information

For more information about Killarney Mall, visit killarneymall.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 646 4657 or [email protected].

Also, follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date with the latest news, information, updates, offers and more.

Please note: this list of stores open and operating at Killarney Mall was correct at the time of writing (May 2020). Opening hours and stores operating are subject to change. 

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As we progress through lockdown level 4 and hopefully get downgraded to lockdown level 3 by 01 June 2020, Greenstone Shopping Centre is slowly reopening various stores within their mall. To find out which stores are open and operating and their trading hours, keep reading to find out more.

Click here to find more malls in Joburg who are open and operating during the lockdown.

Safety Precautions In Place at Greenstone 

Greenstone Shopping Centre is committed to providing a safe and convenient environment for their shoppers during the COVID-19 outbreak. In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, Greenstone have set up 20 hand washing stations with hygiene soap throughout the common areas of the centre and implemented hand sanitisers for extra sanitation stations

The centre's cleaning regime in their common and back-of-house areas has been increased in frequency and intensity. Extra attention is being given to high-touch surfaces and high-traffic areas using the prescribed alcohol-based cleaning agents and enhanced methods of disinfecting.

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Department Stores

Restaurants, Coffee Shops & Convenient Foods

Clothing

Footwear

Eye Care

Arts, Craft & Home Décor

Health & Beauty

Audio, Electronics, Computers & Cellphones

Books, Stationery, Curios & Gifts

Services & Specialty Stores

Sports, Outdoor & Luggage

Banking Services

For More Information

For more information about Greenstone Shopping Centre, visit www.greenstoneshoppingcentre.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 524 0445 or [email protected].

Also, follow and like them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with the latest news, information, updates, offers and more.

Please note: this list of stores open and operating at Greenstone Shopping Centre was correct at the time of writing (May 2020). Opening hours and stores operating are subject to change. 

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Along with the rest of the country, Westgate Shopping Centre is slowly reopening various stores. To find out who is open and trading and their operating hours, keep reading to find out more.

Click here to find more malls in Joburg who are open and operating during the lockdown.

Safety Precautions In Place at Westgate

Westgate Shopping Centre is committed to providing a safe and hygienic environment for their customers and retailers under the current circumstances of the COVID-19. They are proactively taking measures to ensure that the centre is still a safe place to visit, work and enjoy. Westgate Shopping Centre has implemented five proactive precautionary safety measures in the prevention of exposure to the virus in the centre:

  1. Increase in the frequency of general and deep cleaning practices, with particular attention to daily sanitisation of all common and high-traffic areas.
  2. Ablution facilities will be disinfected daily through fogging.
  3. Hand sanitisers are provided at critical points such as the entrances, reception and customer service desks.
  4. All frontline staff have been equipped with gloves and masks
  5. All events have been postponed indefinitely to ensure that there is no gathering of more than 100 people in our spaces.

Westgate continue to engage with retailers to ensure they're implementing the necessary measures to safeguard customers and personnel within their stores.

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Westgate Shopping Centre Trading Hours

Westgate Shopping Centre's lockdown level 4 trading hours are as follows:

Groceries

Restaurants (Delivery Only) 

Clothing

Footwear

Eye Care

Home, Decor, Interior & Furniture

Health, Hair & Beauty

Audio, Electronic, PC & Photo

Books

Specialty Stores

Banking Services

Services

Motor & Motorbikes

For More Information

For more information about Westgate Shopping Centre, visit www.westgate.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 768 0616 or [email protected].

Also, follow and like them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date with the latest news, information, updates, offers and more.

Please note: this list of stores open and operating at Westgate Shopping Centre was correct at the time of writing (May 2020). Opening hours and stores operating are subject to change. 

Images sourced from Westgate Shopping Centre. 

Shop Safely And Conveniently With Pick 'n Pay!

To ensure that their shoppers continue to shop safely and conveniently during the pandemic and national lockdown, Pick 'n Pay has introduced a brand-new avenue to help share the love with loved ones and get their essential shopping done. Introducing the Pick 'n Pay digital grocery vouchers! While you'll still be able to buy gift cards in-store, you're now able to gift a Pick 'n Pay digital grocery voucher to use at any Pick 'n Pay in-store.

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How It Works

Showing that you care for your loved ones during this lockdown has never been easier! And when you visit your nearest Pick 'n Pay outlet to use these digital grocery vouchers, please remember to wear a mask and refrain from touching your face while in public and wash/sanitise your hands thoroughly as soon as you're done shopping/have arrived home.

Check Out PnP Fresh Living For Delicious Ideas!

Now that you have your vouchers sorted, it's time to go shopping for ingredients for hearty winter warmers and sweet treats to enjoy during lockdown! And if you're short on inspiration, take a look at PnP's Freshing Living Lockdown Edition! It's got everything you need from delicious recipes and cooking fun for the kids to step-by-step guides and wellness reads to keep your mental and physical health in check.

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Terms And Conditions Of The PnP Digital Grocery Vouchers

There are a few things that you need to keep in mind when purchasing and using the Pick 'n Pay digital grocery vouchers. Here's what you need to know.

Validity

Purchase Limitations

Restrictions

For More Information

For more information about the digital grocery vouchers, visit www.pnp.co.za.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates, news, offers and much more.

You can also contact them on 0800 11 22 88.

The COVID-19 pandemic is real and many people are in a state of panic and are stocking up for the possibility of a longer lockdown or a complete shutdown. Panic buying is an issue that will affect a lot of people around the country, especially those who are most vulnerable.

What Is Panic Buying?

Panic buying is when people overstock on essentials and other items because they are worried that there will be no stock of items in the near future. Many South Africans have flocked to empty out the shelves at stores.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed that there is no need to panic buy because selected stores will be open throughout lockdown for people to buy essential items.

Why Is Panic Buying A Problem?

The problem with panic buying is that it affects everyone in the country, including those who panic buy. We need to be informed about the long term issues that come with panic buying and how it will impact others, such as the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and the poor.

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Panic Buying Disrupts Distribution

With the nation flocking to clear up shelves, manufacturers will need to work even harder to ensure that supply and demand needs are met. The disruption of the distribution puts our economy under stress. It is very important that we follow the advice that has been provided by the Government and not resort to panic buying.

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A Knock On The Economy

The distribution also affects the nation with regards to the economy. With panic buying, the costs of production will increase, which affects the costs of purchase, too. This will put an even bigger strain on the economy as well as individual households.

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Considering Other Citizens

Stores Are Adding Extra Protective Measures

Some stores in the country have already implemented a maximum quantity of products that shoppers can buy. This has been created to ensure that every customer gets a chance to buy what they need.

You Can Buy What You Need While At Home

Staying at home is the best way to prevent contracting the virus, so if you are worried about having to go out to buy essential items, here are some stores that will be delivering fresh produce. This way, you don't need to worry about putting yourself at risk by going to the shop only to find empty shelves.

Lend A Helping Hand

There are a lot of brands that are trying to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. One such brand is Isuzu Motors South Africa, check out what they are doing to help fight against the spread of COVID-19. You can also make a difference, check out how you can help by visiting http://www.unityvalues.com/sdi.

As citizens, we need to work together to make sure that we thrive as a country. Although this is a scary time, we need to stay calm and help in any way to control the situation.

Father's Day Hampers Galore! 

Netflorist has gone all out to help you show your dad some love this Father's Day. Their gifts and hampers are perfect for dads of all kinds - the sports fanatics, the whisky drinkers, the chocolate chompers and every type of dad in between. Netflorist also offers a wonderful selection of personalised gift options, so you can customise your Father's Day gift and show your dad just how much you love and appreciate him. Here are our top picks from Netflorist's 2020 Father's Day gift collection:

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Sweets & Snacks

Is your dad an absolute chocoholic? Check out Netflorist's selection of gourmet chocolate treats. Their personalised chocolate boxes are perfect for a dad with a serious sweet tooth. You are sure to earn a few good brownie points for one of these! Netflorist also offers cake delivery, bringing the celebration direct to Dad's door. Courtesy of Chateau Gateaux Bakery, these cakes are divine. Our favourite is the delectable Mozart cake, but there really is something for every palate. Spoil Dad with a lovely brunch complete with tea and cake this Father's Day. It's the perfect spoil for your number one supporter.

Is Dad more of a savoury lover than a sweet tooth? Netflorist has got you covered with their divine biltong hamper selections and dried fruit and nut combos. We love the Mixed Fruit and Nut Crate - a savoury snack box filled with Brazil nuts, cashews, peri peri cashews, mixed nuts, pistachios, almonds, dried mango, dates, pineapple cubes and guava rolls. Yum!

Braai Essentials 

Every dad believes that they are the ultimate braai master. Gift yours with all they need to perfect their flamed-grilled skills from Netflorist's range of braai essentials. Their personalised grill tongs come in a handy cloth bag, so Dad can easily whip up a tasty meal for the family.

Netflorist also stocks an impressive range of kitchen knives and utensils. If your dad is the type to spend hours potting about in the kitchen, spoil him with his own set of chef's knives. Complete this chefy gift with a personalised apron and make Dad's day.

Gadgets

Dads love gadgets. If yours is a verified tinker man, gift him with a nifty gadget from Netflorist this Father's Day. We think this Multitool Keyring set is ideal for any dad who loves to fiddle and fix around the house. There's also tons of goodies for tech-savvy dads who love nothing more than displaying their family proudly on their work desk. So whether your dad is an old school gadget man or a total computer geek, there should be something for him here.

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The Basics

Netflorist is also offering contactless delivery on groceries and fresh produce in level 3 lockdown. So rather than go out to the store to stock up on all your Father's Day essentials, order online with Netflorist. They've got a wide range of seasonal fruit and vegetable combo boxes available in small, medium, large or extra large quantities. These boxes come with all you need to keep getting your five a day and stay healthy this winter. You can expect an array of seasonal fruit and veg, including granadillas, naartjies, strawberries, bananas, grapes, avocados, spinach, tomatoes, mixed peppers, broccoli and much more.

Netflorist have also rolled out a full online grocery store filled with pantry staples and other must-have items. From bread, to eggs, meat and poultry, cheese, baking supplies and even your favourite spices, Netflorist has it all.

COVID-19 Precautions

The well-being of you and your family is a top priority for Netflorist in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. As such, they have set out a number of precautions to protect you and their staff throughout the delivery process:

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For More Information

Visit www.netflorist.co.za for more information about their delivery services and Father's Day gifts. You can also follow their social media pages:

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Contact them on 087 135 0005 /086 130 0600 or via email at [email protected]

Hand Sanitiser

You always need to keep a pocket hand sanitiser. After pressing a button in the elevator, taking money from a cashier, shaking hands with someone or touching other objects, you need to sanitise your hands. Make sure you do not touch your face with unsanitised or unwashed hands to keep safe from any threatening germs.

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Lip Balm

Cracked and dry lips aren't the way to go, so get some lip balm to keep your lips in top shape. There are various lip treatments to keep lips moisturised. Search online at Clicks or Dis-Chem and see what they have in store for you. Remember, self-care is important.

Deodorant

While keeping an emergency bottle of deodorant is underrated, it is something you should always have near by. Even if you're staying indoors or working from home, there is nothing that beats feeling and smelling clean. It's also great to have a spare in case you run out and can't make a run to the store. 

Sanitary Towels

All women should keep sanitary towels on them everywhere they go in case of an emergency. And, don't forget to stock up on these before the stores are emptied out. You'll be thankful you did so when that time of the month comes knocking. 

Breath Mints

As an adult, this is essential. Keeping a pack of mints will help refresh your breath, ensuring you can have conversations without having to feel self-conscious about the way your breath smells. Even if you are just at home, a breath mint will have you feeling much better. 

Surgical Mask

This one is a must-have for sure! The mask will protect you from infection when you need to run a few errands. This is also handy to have if you feel like you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are looking for ways to protect those around you. 

Black Is The New Black 

You may be wondering why it's so important to have a little black number hanging in your closest. The answer is simple, you can never go wrong with black. This dark colour is perfect for any occasion, whether casual or formal. It also matches anything and everything, making it the perfect colour to add to any outfit.

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Shoes

We all need to have a black formal shoes or cool sneakers hiding in our cupboards. One of the things to consider when buying any of these is quality, as they will be a wardrobe staple for many years to come.

Pro Top: For the gents, don't forget those black socks! And ladies, it's always a good idea to keep a pair of stockings handy.

Stores to visit: Tread + Miller and Aldo.

Bags

With all the things we need to carry with us on a day-to-day basis, it's no surprise that men are embracing the useful accessory. Choosing a bag in black guarantees that it will match any outfit or occasion.

Pro Tip: A messenger bag is the perfect accessory for the lads, or try a duffel bag as a great go-to

Store to visit: Frasers

Sunglass Hut

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Sunglasses

Sometimes, all you need is a good pair of glasses to protect your eyesight from the sun. There is nothing better than black shades to match any of your outfits.

Store to visit: Sunglass Hut

A Little Black Dress

Whether it's date night, a spectacular event or a formal occasion, ladies need a little black dress, or even two. The LBD is an investment piece, so make sure you choose a good quality dress that suits your body shape perfectly.

Store to visit: Forever New

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Smokey Eye

Nothing adds flair to your LBD quite like a daring smokey eye. For this you'll need black shades of eye shadow, black eyeliner and black mascara. If you're not quite sure how to pull off this look, ask the helpful assistants at your favourite MAC store for some guidance.

Store to visit: MAC Cosmetics

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A Tux 

Every gentleman needs a good tux. The male counterpart to the the LBD, a good quality tux is perfect for any formal occasion, be it a wedding, funeral, meeting or grand party.

Store to visit: The Executive

What is your black must-have? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Essentials

No one ever seems to realise the cost of essentials for mom and baby. Help the parents-to-be out with a hamper of all the basics. You don't have to splurge here to put together a wonderful and thoughtful gift. A packet of nappies, some baby bum cream or powder and a cute bib - what more could mommy and baby ask for? Throw in some sweet treats for mom, too. A few packets of Jelly Tots, chocolate malts or nougat can go a long way when you are a tired, new parent. Add a personal note of congratulations and you are set.

Stop by Builders Warehouse to get yourself a cute hamper basket. We love this off white storage basket - mom can use it for baby's bathroom goodies or at the nappy station. Plus, at only *R45, it's a budget-friendly steal.

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Hand-made with love

If you are the crafty type, make something of your own for mom and baby. We like the idea of a personalised trinket box. All you will need is a wooden sanded A5 box, some acrylic paint, decoupage paper, glue and lots of creativity. PNA has a great range of decoupage materials, including plain boxes and special appliques to add the finishing touches to your creation. Be sure to take a picture with mom at the baby shower, as this can be her first trinket to keep in this special memory box.

Decoupage not your cup of tea? Why not offer to bake the cake for the baby shower? Even if you aren't a master baker, mom and dad will be grateful for the extra help (and for saving them that precious cash). Alternatively, you could crochet or knit a baby blanket, jumper or booties. These are super special keepsakes that parents will treasure forever.

Plushy Cuddles

What's cuter than a newborn baby cuddling a soft teddy bear? Get the new baba their very own plushy to keep. Clicks teddies are super soft and sweet. They are also budget busting, usually coming in at under *R100 each. Or, you could spoil the little one with an adorable hooded towel from Mr Price Home. This 100% cotton towel will keep baby snug and warm after their first bath. Mr Price Home also has a lot of nursery decor items which won't blow your budget. From shaggy rugs, to cushions, blankets and toys, this is the perfect place to pick up a great baby shower gift.

A Helping Hand

Finally, when times are tough, a helping hand is your best bet at scoring brownie points. Offer to cook for the parents on their first few nights at home with baby. Or, let them go out on a date night once baby is a few months old. This way you get to be a helpful superhero and spend time bonding with the new bundle of joy. Make a cheeky gift card to give them at the baby shower. As new parents, they will surely understand your financial plight.

Also, check out our article on where to find cheap baby products!

Do you have any other great inexpensive baby shower ideas? Let us know about them!

Toothpaste

There are very few beauty items that are as essential as toothpaste, which happens to be one of the most difficult vegan items to find. A great vegan and cruelty-free toothpaste is Pure Beginnings. Pure Beginnings is sugar-free, containing xylitol instead, and is free of the ever controversial fluoride. Pure Beginnings is available from Wellness Warehouse and various Dischem stores.

Deodorant and Antiperspirant

There are many vegan and cruelty-free deodorant and antiperspirant options on the market, with everything from a crystal stick to home made options. However, if a simple and convenient deodorant is what you are searching for then try the Oh So Heavenly range. Oh So Heavenly has various selections of antiperspirant in sprays and roll-ons, deodorants, body mists and even perfume. Oh So Heavenly is available at various Clicks outlets.

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Sunblock

This is another essential that many of us can't do without, especially in the hot and sunny climate of South Africa. To protect yourself from these dangerous UV rays try Oh So Natural Sunscreen from Hey Gorgeous. It's made with sun-protecting coconut oil that will leave your skin feeling perfectly moisturized and sun-burn free. You can purchase Hey Gorgeous on their online store.

Shampoo and Conditioner

A wonderful vegan and cruelty free brand is the Good Stuff. The Good Stuff offers an amazing range of body and hair care products. Their shampoos and conditioners will leave your hair feeling vibrant, soft and full of life. They are also quite affordable, unlike other vegan and cruelty free hair products. The Good Stuff is available at Dischem and selected Pick n Pays.

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Body Wash and Lotion

Oh So Heavenly is definitely a well-loved favourite vegan and cruelty free brand. They have skincare, hair care and baby care products among others. They also have adorable little gifts packs, which is how I first discovered their great body wash , soap and body lotion. All of their bath and body products smell wonderful and leave skin feeling super soft and revitalised. I recommend their Coconut Cream and Macadamia Oil collection, which pairs perfectly with their French Vanilla Body Spray. Oh So Heavenly is available at Clicks.

Facial Essentials

What constitutes as a facial essential is debatable from woman to woman. I consider sunblock to be the only skin essential but Shirley, next to me, insists she would need her cleansing milk day and night even if she were stranded on an island. No matter what you consider to be a facial essential, Iwori is the best vegan and cruelty-free brand for that gorgeous facial glow. Iwori has everything from toner to cleansing milk made with powerful African ingredients from the Marula tree, Baobab tree and Rooibos bush. All of their products are free from silicone, phthalates, sulphates, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, propylene glycol and animal ingredients and by-products. You can find Iwori at Clicks stores.

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Baby

Like facial essentials, women will consider what is an essential item for their babies to be debatable. So instead of choosing individual products, we have listed a range. Beautiful Earth's products are all vegan, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly. They have a baby range which has baby barrier cream, baby hair and body wash and baby breathe easy chest rub among others. Beautiful Earth is available at Beauty on TApp, Eco Mom and Fresh Earth Food Store.

Check out our Best Vegan Beauty Luxuries guide for more.

For more information about vegan and cruelty free products, visit Beauty Without Cruelty's Humane Guide.

*Always read the labels first to make sure the products are vegan and certified by Beauty Without Cruelty*

Markham

Gents, if you're looking for something stylish this winter, then make sure you head to Markham. You are sure to find something you'll like, whether you need a new pair of jeans to break in, a warm jacket (denim, bomber, blazer, coat, whatever) or cardigan for those chilly nights out with the mates or a new pair of boots to pull the whole look together. And if that's not enough to keep you warm, you can also get yourself a woolen scarf, a pair of gloves and even a beanie or two. Their apparel is always on-trend, so no matter what your style or preference, you're sure to look good with your winter essentials.

You can find Markham men's clothing stores in Melrose Arch, Greenstone Shopping Centre, Kempton Square, Sandton City, Cresta Shopping Centre, Mall of the South, Southgate, Rosebank Mall, The Glen, Fourways Mall, Northgate, Clearwater Mall and Newtown Junction. Click here to see if there is a Markham near you.

Details: www.markham.co.za

H&M

If you have a thing for keeping up with the trends, then you'll definitely want to do a little winter essential shopping at H&M. From women's, men's and kid's wear, there is sure to be something that'll keep you warm yet stylish this winter. Their winter collection will certainly keep the cold at bay. Ladies will love stocking up on a variety of cardigans, socks, tights, hoodies, jacket, sweatshirts and trendy accessories. Guys can gear up with warm outerwear, denims, knitwear and boots. And as for the kids, they can get ready to shine with loads of fancy shirts, soft yet warm knitwear and cardigans and padded jackets.

You can find an H&M store at Clearwater Mall, East Rand Mall, Mall of Africa, Mall of the South and Sandton City.

Details: www.hm.com/za

Due South

With winter warmers for Africa, winter jackets for him and everyday wear for everyone, Due South is stocked with essentials that'll certainly keep the cold at bay. A trendy item to have this winter is the puffer jacket - you can style it up with a chunky scarf and beanie, a long-sleeved sweatshirt and even a soft cardigan. If puffers aren't your thing, then suss out their selection of hoodies, jerseys, zip-up jackets, sweats and layering must-haves. Don't forget to pick up a pair of gloves, a scarf, a beret or beanie, a new pair of boots and winter socks.

You can find a Due South store at Cresta, The Glen, Mall of Africa, Mall of the South, Clearwater Mall, Sandton City and Greenstone Shopping Centre.

Details: www.duesouth.co.za

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Woolworths

Let's face it – we all love Woolies. And there is no question as to whether or not they have winter essentials to keep you cosy this winter. Of course, they have all their warm jackets and jerseys, fleece pyjamas and soft dressing gowns, fluffy slippers, patterned wraps and scarves and last but not least, stylish winter boots. They also have an abundance of accessories to complete the entire look. You can shop kiddies, men's, women's and even home winter essentials (think fluffy throws, winter bedding and flasks) to make sure you're well-prepared for the season.

You can find a Woolies basically anywhere! But mostly in large malls including Sandton City, Cresta, Mall of the South, Mall of Africa, Southgate, Fourways Mall, Northgate and Hyde Park Corner, just to name a few.

Details: www.woolworths.co.za

Naartjie

The little ones need warm winter clothes too. No matter what age your little carbon copy is (newborn, baby, toddler or child), Naartjie will have something that'll not only look oh-so cute on your tot but also trendy, stylish and toasty. Their winter collection boasts adorable fleece tops, jackets, soft snoods and pom-pom beanies for little girls. And for the boys, branded fleece hats, parka jackets, quilted fleece jackets and gilet puffer jackets are the order of the season. And if you thought their kids' winter collection couldn't get any cuter, think again – the newborn and baby winter clothing is just too adorable not to admire (whether you have kids or not!).

You can find a Naartjie store at Cresta, Sandton City, Epsom Downs, Bedford Square and Eastgate.

Details: www.naartjie.co.za

Forever New

Whenever we walk by this store, we cannot help but drool at the mannequins in the window, dressed in the most stunning winter fashion we have ever laid our eyes on. Their winter essentials are just too divine, exuding beauty, elegance, comfort and, above all, cosiness! Yes, it might be a little above our budget, but their gilet jackets, wrap coats and hooded cardigans are timeless investment pieces that you can wear over and over again. The knitwear is another story – soft, warm, cosy and just absolutely beautiful. Perfect if you're looking to stick with the trend and layer up. And as the pièce de résistance, why not grab a soft scarf? Come on ladies, you know you want to.

You can find a Forever New store at Bedford Centre, Clearwater Mall, Cresta, East Rand Mall, Eastgate, Fourways Mall, Mall of Africa, Mall of the South, Melrose Arch, Rosebank Mall, Sandton City, The Glen and WorldWear Shopping Centre.

Details: www.forevernew.co.za

Foschini

For all of your winter must-haves, head to a Foschini store near you. Not only will you be able to get your hands on the season's trendiest and most stylish pieces, but you'll also get them at prices that won't bust the bank. Think puffer, denim and biker jackets as well as wrap coats, jerseys, ponchos, and all the other winter warmer accessories you need including gloves, beanies and scarves. And let's not forget the wide variety of denims (in all styles from skinny to bootleg) and boots. There is sure to be something from their collection that'll catch your eye.

You can find a Foschini store at Cresta, Fourways Mall, Sandton City, Greenstone Shopping Centre, Northgate, Rosebank Mall, Southgate, The Glen, East Rand Mall, Eastgate, and Festival Mall.

Details: www.foschini.co.za