Black Friday Update: Shoprite, Checkers, Game, Dis-Chem, Makro, and Shelflife join the list of retailers that will offer discounts this year – here’s everything we know so far

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Black Friday 2019. Compiled Jay Caboz.
Black Friday 2019. Compiled Jay Caboz.
  • Game, Dis-Chem, and Shelflife have joined the list of retailers that are planning Black Friday discounts in 2019
  • Here is everything we know so far about the deals coming on 29 November.
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Last Updated 08 November 2019.* 

Black Friday falls on 29 November this year, just four weeks away, and online and bricks-and-mortar retailers are moving towards final preparations for the discount bonanza.

Several major retailers have started Black Friday newsletters, and in return for signing up you'll get sneak peeks at their discounts and access to exclusive deals. Some will even give you vouchers.

Here are the retailers that have confirmed they will be participating in Black Friday 2019 – and here’s what we know so far about their deals:

Shoprite and Checkers*

1,000 Shoprite, Checkers, and Checkers Hyper stores across South Africa are gearing up for their 6th Black Friday sales bonanza. 

The Shoprite Group has given us hints that there’ll be massive discounts on grocery and household essentials, which are always popular.

Those looking to get ahead of the pack should sign up to Checkers' newly re-launched Xtra Savings rewards programme. A spokesperson said members will be first to receive advance notifications of Black Friday deals on offer at Checkers stores.

Xtra Savings members also stand a chance to win their Black Friday shopping for free, when swiping their cards at the till.  

"One Xtra Savings member in every Checkers, Checkers Hyper and Checkers LiquorShop - that's more than 450 stores - will win their Black Friday shopping for free, up to the value of R1,000," said a spokesperson. 

More: Checkers just revived ‘Xtra Savings’, its answer to Smart Shopper and WRewards – but its discounts are a little variable

The retail giant said it will be sufficiently staffed and offer extended Black Friday trading hours to ensure a satisfying shopping experience for its customers. We have reached out to them for confirmation of those times.

The Shoprite Group served 125 customers per second on Black Friday in 2018. Some of the mega-deals offered in 2018 included a 50% saving on OMO washing powder and 40% off items such as Jacobs instant coffee, Weetbix and Ultramel custard.

Mitsubishi Motors South Africa*

Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.
Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. Source Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.

Mitsubishi Motors will be running Black Friday specials for the full month of November.

The model range available with super Black Friday savings of up to R80,000 – according to Mitsubishi – include:

  • Save R40,000 on the Eclipse Cross AWD A/T at R409,995
  • Save R80,000 on the Outlander AWD A/T at R479,995
  • Save R70,000 on the Pajero Sport 4x4 A/T at R569,995
  • Save R70,000 on the Triton 4x2 M/T & A/T from R449,995


Game has confirmed that it will be running in-store Black Friday promotions on November 29. Most stores will be open at midnight on the big day.

Shoppers can look out for the formal promotion campaign to launch in mid-November.

Customers can look forward to deals on products including furniture, foods, automotive, cellular, baby products, and DIY tools.

There will also be in-store spot surprise deals "hidden in the month of November", plus a flat delivery fee of R90 for online orders.


Dis-Chem has confirmed it will run Black Friday promotions, starting November 29 and running until 1 December.

The chain has indicated that beauty and fragrance, face and body care, hair care, baby care, dental care, health essentials, toiletries, household items will be on promotion.

It has also promised online and in-store exclusives. 


Photo Jay Caboz
Shelflife online. Photo Jay Caboz.

Online sneaker and streetwear store Shelflife is running daily Black Friday deals online up to the 28 November. But there's a catch: the sale items will only be available during a select time. 

On Black Friday the chain will be running in-store deals at its Cape Town and Johannesburg stores during normal working hours.

Read more: These are the most expensive sneakers we could find online in South Africa - including a used pair of Nikes for R29,999

You can expect deals on very expensive sneakers, apparel, and accessories.

Sign up for their newsletter here and get a sneaker peak (har har).


Massmart's Makro has launched the signup page for its Black 5 Day promotion. Surprisingly you don’t need to be a Makro member in order to sign up, which is the requirement when purchasing anything at a Makro store.

Here is the link.

Pick n Pay (updated)

Pick n Pay has launched its Black Friday teaser deals – available only for online customers across Gauteng and the Western Cape. Each deal runs from Monday 7AM and will be valid for seven days, or until stocks run out. The deals will offer up to 50% off across various categories including groceries, appliances, electronics, wine and liquor, household items, and baby essentials. 

Expect to see these items on sale this week:

  • 50% off the Russell Hobbs 36L Microwave/Grill, Silver Mirror Finish (was R1,999, now R999)
  • Hisense 16kg Top Loader (Silver) is now R3,999, down from R5,999 (R2,000 saving)
  • For early Christmas presents, a Big Jim T-Rex Storage Box (140L) will be R159 (down 45% from R289).
  • Finish Dishwasher Regular Tablets (56s) will cost R299,99 for two, meaning that customers will pay R150 per pack instead of R218.99.
  • Pampers Active Baby nappies will cost R169.99 per pack (down 27% from R232.99).
  • A case of six 300ml cans of Coca-cola Regular, Fanta, Sparletta or Sprite and more varieties, will cost R38 (down 34% from R57.99). A case of Coca-cola Zero or Light will also be marked down 35% to R34 per case of six.
Pick n Pay
Source Pick n Pay.

Read More: Pick n Pay is starting ‘Black Friday’ deals on Monday already – and is increasing staff to keep up with expected demand

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Source: Superbalist.

Online e-retailer Superbalist’s Black Friday deals are due to go live at 00:01 AM on Friday, 29 November 2019, running for 5 days.

Superbalist has promised thousands of deals on leading local and international brands across a wide variety of categories from women- and menswear to kids, teens, maternity, beauty, sports, plus-size, home, and tech.

The company has hinted that signing up to its newsletter will give you early access to deals on selected days in November, with discounts deeper than on on Black Friday itself.

Since Superbalist first took part in Black Friday in 2014, sales have more than doubled each year. Black Friday 2018 saw record traffic to the site and generated over R40-million in revenue on the day. 

Sign up for the newsletter here.


Source Clicks.
Source Clicks.

Click's Black Friday landing page is already live.

Deals will cover makeup, bath and body products, towel sets, headphones, bluetooth earphones, household appliances, electrical beauty products, and diagnostic products such as blood pressure monitors, nebulisers and infrared thermometers.

"We will be running even more fantastic deals and have sourced some of the winners from last year," said Rachel Wrigglesworth, Clicks' chief commercial officer.

The retailer recently opened its 700th store and they say they have boosted the range of available stock online, in preparation.

Sign up here


Source Takealot.
Source Takealot.

Takealot was one of the biggest winners on Black Friday 2018, and a spokespersons has confirmed it has big plans – but those are closely guarded right now.

It has hinted only that the 2019 Blue Dot Sale will offer significant discounts across key categories including tech, appliances, sport, outdoor, beauty, and toys.

Sign up here.

Shoppers should also download the Takealot app as there will be exclusive app-only deals: Android here and iPhone here . 

Shoprite and Checkers

Source Shoprite.
Source Shoprite.
Source Checkers.
Source Checkers.

So far the Shoprite and Checkers group has promised only to get back to us with "specific Black Friday information as soon as we are ready to share more details with the public". 

Shoprite newsletters - here.

Checkers Black Friday page - here (no sign-up)

Sportsmans Warehouse

Sportsmans Warehouse will be participating in Black Friday. They’ve hinted that deals will cover a wide range of products. Specifically look out for deals on footwear, sports tech e.g. GPS and Heartrate Monitors, apparel, cycling and sports equipment 

In store deals will commence on Black Friday and finish on Sunday. They will be operating during normal trading hours.

Sportsmans Warehouse Rewards Customers will get early online access to Black Friday deals from 28 November. For the rest, online deals will open after midnight on the morning of 29 November. Online deals run from Friday to Monday for all customers.

Monday will also feature additional Cyber Monday deals for the day only, said a spokesperson.


Woolworths will again be participating in Black Friday this year with promotions during the week in Fashion, Beauty, Home and Food across stores, online and their app.

“We have many more surprises for our customers up our sleeves over the whole Christmas trading period so watch this space,” said a spokesperson.


“We're OneDayOnly, we offer discounted deals every day, we're not going to sit out Black Friday,” said Kay-Lee Franco at OneDayOnly.

One Day Only are planning to run a week-long campaign leading up to Black Friday, with deals on Cyber Monday too. Like last year, they’ll be building ramping up discounts to 100% off deals on Black Friday.

“This year we've put a dedicated focus on ensuring massive discounts across all ranges of categories - tech, toys, TVs, kitchenware, apparel, sports equipment,” said Franco “We want to make sure that there's something for everyone, no matter how vague or weird your tastes are.”

Toys R Us & Babies R Us

It’s a one-day winner takes all event for Toys R Us and Babies R Us this year. Black Friday deals will land on November 29, and stores will remain open for trade until late.

Catherine Jacoby, marketing manager, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa, said bargain hunters can expect deals to start dropping on November 26 on their social media platforms.

Jacoby hinted that shoppers will be able to get their hands on discounts of up to 60% off, including their stores in Zambia and Botswana.


DionWired have confirmed they will be taking part in Black Friday. The tech store said Keep a lookout for the leaflet on 24 November for our Black Friday specials.

“We’re known in the market for our prices on TVs and gaming, this year will be no different.”

21 of their 22 stores will be open at midnight on 29 November. Additional security and staff have been employed for the big day.  We are also offering a flat R90 delivery fee for online purchases.

In addition, they will be hosting 2 pre-Black Friday weekends in November for customers to get all the deals they want. And they will be holding online deals for Cyber Monday on 2 December.

Customers can get pre-Black Friday specials on 8, 9 and 10 November, as well as 15, 16 and 17 November before the big day on 29 November.

Also confirmed for Black Friday deals, but we're still waiting on more details:

  • Total Sports - sign up here
  • Incredible Connection 
  • HiFi Corp
  • Rochester
  • Bradlows
  • Russells
  • Sleepmasters
  • Adidas - sign up here

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