This one is a no-brainer. Find your nearest Lindt Chocolate Studio and get your hands on all the different types of chocolate that you know your Valentine loves, throw them into a gift bag or wrap them and voilà – a sweet Valentine’s Day gift is ready! You can either create your own “lucky packet” from choosing a selection of decadent chocolates in the many different flavours, or you can take your pick from the boxes they have ready and waiting. The LINDOR Strawberries & Cream chocolates look just divine and nothing says “I love you” like a LINDOR Heart Tin filled with choccies.
We all know and love Woolies, and they’re always there when we need them, especially on Valentine’s Day when we have NO gift in hand for our special someone! Here, you can pick up a bouquet of flowers (if they haven’t all sold out yet), grab a box of chocolates or a few sweet treats, pick out the best bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe even get your hands on his or her favourite fragrance and shop for some sexy lingerie. There are so many options to choose from. And if all else fails, there’s always a Woolies voucher or a homemade dinner for two, thanks to all the goodies at Woolies Food.
You wouldn't associate The Crazy Store with Valentine's Day, but here we are! And to think about it, they have quite a few cute and cheesy Valentine's Day goodies to put a smile on your sweetheart's face. Let's be honest, if there's one day you can be cheesy, it's definitely on Valentine's Day. Best of all, their gift ideas won't bust your budget. They have cute little things from helium foil balloons, plushy toys and lovey dovey mugs to novelty voucher booklets, wooden plaques with sweet messages on them and heart-shaped candy.
Whether you’re looking for something for the special lady in your life, the man of your dreams, a little something for friends and family, or need something to throw together a glamorous look for your hot date this Valentine’s Day, The Body Shop will have just the thing. Everyone loves a little pampering here and there, and this is a great place to stock up on all the good stuff. Take your pick from bath and body goodies, skincare items, beautiful gift sets, fresh fragrances and much more.
Speaking of pampering, you can also treat your loved one to something special from Sorbet. Get them a gift card for a massage or Dry Bar session, get your hands on a bunch of lovely products or choose a pretty gift set. Here, you’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Just pop into your nearest store. Luckily, you can find one almost everywhere you go. And for him, why not gift him with a pamper session at Sorbet Man! There's also a nice selection of products if he's into that sort of thing.
Edgars is your one-stop for all things makeup, skincare, fragrance, nails, brands and gift sets. And to make your last-minute gift shopping even easier, they also offer free signature gift wrapping. Crisis averted! For her, take your pick from fragrance and skincare treats that you know she’ll love. And for him, there’s everything from Nivea and Tom Ford to Aramis and Givenchy gift sets available.
If your partner is more into the outdoorsy stuff, then why not get them a quick gift from Cape Union Mart. They have a bunch of fab gifting ideas for him and her. “Like what?” you might wonder… well, let’s share a few ideas with you. Gifts for him: Hydroflask coffee mug, a Red-E RSP80 Power Bank, a GoPro Hero 5 and a Zartek ZA-748 Two Way Radio. And for her: Volcano Motion Bluetooth headphones, the Victorinox Cape Protea tool or Sunski Originals sunglasses. The options are endless.
There's no better gift than giving someone an experience of a lifetime, and there's no better place to find those than at Gift Experience South Africa. No matter where you are in South Africa, you'll find something fun, exciting, thrilling or even relaxing for that special someone. What can you expect? Well, you can spend some quality time together making chocolate truffles in Muldersdrift, indulge a little with a chocolate and champagne pairing or spend an afternoon quad biking out in Parys. Visit Gift Experience South Africa to see what else they have to offer.
Another idea if your partner is a little bit of a bookworm, get them their favourite book for Valentine's Day from the best book stop of them all - Exclusive Books! Make it a romance since it IS Valentine's Day (they have plenty of those). And if you're not too sure if he/she is the romantic novel type or if they enjoy the thrills that a gripping mystery offers, then there's always the option of getting them a gift voucher, which leads us into our next gifting idea...
You can’t go wrong with vouchers! And best of all, you can find them absolutely anywhere and everywhere. Sure, it might be a little less personal, but as long as you get the right store voucher, at least some thought went into it. If she likes clothes shopping, get her an Edgars, Woolworths, Truworths or YDE voucher. If he enjoys gaming, visit BT Games or Steam and buy him some new games.
We will admit, this one is pretty cliche, BUT it works! NetFlorist has a variety of Valentine's Day gift sets that'll be delivered to your sweetheart, no matter where she or he is. She could be on a business trip in Durban and you can still spoil her with something sweet. Click here to take a look at all the Valentine's goodies they have lined up, pick your favourite, enter all their details, pull out that credit card, pay and BOOM. Done. As easy as that. See, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be difficult.
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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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 furniture, bed and bath, home décor, eat, 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 Takealot.com. 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, Takealot.com will release thousands of new deals every week:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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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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.
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By Shawn Greyling
Let's be honest, when we hear them announce that we'll be going through load shedding stage 4, most of us are not too sure what that even means. So, to help you better understand the stages, we've listed them here. If you know what they mean, great! Just skip this and carry on with the rest of your load shedding prep below.
Four schedules have been formed, based on the level of risk and to ensure that load shedding shared and done in a fair manner:
There are a handful of load shedding apps out there, but what we have noticed that not many of them are accurate. So far, the one that seems to be hitting the nail right on the head regarding load shedding schedules is Load Shedding Notifier. It's rather simple - just download it (Google Play), add and set various zones that will be affecting you (home, work, other family households, etc) and you're ready to be notified. There's also the Eskom Se Push app if you're looking to use and compare multiple schedule sources. Another great way to keep on top of the load shedding schedule is joining community Facebook pages if your suburb has one.
Since you have downloaded a load shedding app, you'll now know when to expect your next black out. With this is mind, make sure that you fully charge all of your devices - laptops, tablets, phones, Kindles, everything that can be charged - before the set times of your zone load shedding. That way, you don't need to worry about flat batteries and being bored while you wait for the hours of darkness to pass.
Own your own property? Don't live in an apartment or flat? Then why not consider investing in a generator? Yes, they're noisy. Yes, they'll cost a some moola to run (most use petrol). And yes, they do cost a pretty penny (easily between R2 000 - R10 000 depending on size, wattage and fuel tank capacity) BUT at least you won't be sitting in the dark and you'll have a power source than can be used for many years to come. Most home and hardware outlets will stock generators, so make sure you head to Builders, Game, Leroy Merlin and Takealot. Don't forget to pick up a few extension leads and adapters to "share the love". Another source of power that's more environmentally friendly than the generators is solar power. This seems to be becoming more popular in recent times.
Tip: Keep a few Jerry Cans filled with "liquid gold" stored in the garage. Generators can guzzle through litres of petrol depending on how much power you use, so be sure to have some extra on standby.
If you cannot get a generator or simply just don't want to spend a small fortune, there's always the old-fashioned candles, flashlights and lanterns. Just don't forget to get matches, a lighter or batteries while you're at it or else this option is just not going to work! Candles, flashlights, batteries and lighters/matches can be bought practically anywhere - Checkers, Spar, Game, Shoprite, Pick n Pay - but as for the lanterns and light adapters, you can find them at any outdoor or hardware outlets. Also, it wouldn't hurt to install a few solar outdoor lights to light up your garden a little bit (just as an added safety measure).
There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to get dinner on the table due to load shedding. No power, no microwave, no stove, no kettle, nothing. But there is an alternative - gas stoves. Just like a generator, this option doesn't come cheap, but it's a good investment. A little too expensive? Then why not buy a portable stove top that you can connect to the generator? Again, check out Builders, Game, Leroy Merlin and Takealot for those stove tops. Have neither? Not to worry! You can always grab some charcoal, fire up the braai and tuck into some braaivleis. Or even make a potjie. Also important: if you get a gas stove, don't forget to get a stove top kettle, that's a lifesaver!
Since we are in the day and age where we use our cell phones for absolutely everything - alarm clocks, contacting people, checking load shedding schedules, ordering takeout, entertainment purposes, GPS, the flashlight function, etc - it's essential that its battery life lasts. To ensure it does, get your hands on a power bank, charge it and have it on standby. Also, the more you have, the better! Visit Incredible Connection, Takealot, Game, and The Gadget Shop to check out their selection of these lifesavers.
Just because the power is out, doesn't mean you cannot stream, surf the web or continue with your assignment or presentation that's due tomorrow! Use a portable modem or 3G dongle to keep connected to the internet during bouts of load shedding. Most mobile networks and internet providers offer these nifty gadgets, so make sure you contact them or visit your nearest store to get yours ASAP. See, owning a dongle isn't that bad!
Before everything else on this list, make sure that you jam-pack your pantry with lots and lots of snacks! That way, you won't starve yourself due to not having electricity to cook up some dinner on the stove or in the microwave. It's not the healthiest of meals, we know, but it's a delicious way to pass the time.
Or maybe you could save yourself all the time, effort and money ensuring you're set, ready and prepared for the load shedding by just sleep through it! There's no harm in getting in more sleep, is there? Before you know it, you'll be awakened by the flash of lights turning back on. Or better yet, why not just go out into the city, find a spot with power and just hang out there with a couple of friends?