Black Friday at Century City, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz

  • Thousands of South Africans lined up outside some of the 90 Game stores nationwide that opened at midnight for Black Friday. 
  • While most stores were calm, videos on social media have shown there were stampedes in some towns and cities.
  • Reports from around the country indicate that Black Friday shopping is mostly going smoothly, despite very long queues.

Some 3,000 customers snaked outside the Canal Walk shopping Centre in Century City, Cape Town at midnight in just one of the scenes of people lining up patiently for deeply discounted Black Friday 2018 deals. 

They gathered here to to get their hands on in-store specials at Game, which offered fantastic deals on goods from TVs to nappies. Those included deals for the kitchendeals from grocery stores, and some of the more unusual special discounts we've come across.

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The store saw scenes of chaos in 2017, but this year things were calm, organised – and heavily policed.

Black Friday at Century City, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz

Nizaam Dramat, Store Manager of Game in Canal Walk, said his team learned their lesson and came back with beefed-up security and an organised ticket system that limited the amount of customers in-store at any time.

Game employees rev themselves up with 15 minutes to go before opening on Black Friday at Century City, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz

Dramat said the store had been expecting an even bigger turnout of early-morning shoppers in 2018, after other retailers announced they would not open at midnight.

Black Friday at Century City, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz
Black Friday at Century City, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz
Black Friday at Century City, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz
Black Friday at Century City, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz

As the first 50 customers were allowed through its doors, thousands more waited patiently, some in blankets and in nightgowns, outside Entrance 8 on this windy Cape Town night. 

Black Friday. Photo Jay Caboz
Photo Jay Caboz


This was not he case at all stores and retailers across the country. 

While reports from most stores were that Black Friday shopping was pretty calm, videos on social media have shown that there were some mini-stampedes.

Game Baywest (Port Elizabeth)

Game Windhoek (Namibia)

Doors broken down at Game Empangeni (Kwazulu-Natal)


For the most part these remained isolated to some stores and the general mood across the country has been festive and upbeat. 

Photo Jay Caboz
Photo Jay Caboz
Photo Jay Caboz
South Africans take home their Black Friday deals. Photo Jay Caboz
South Africans take home their Black Friday deals. Photo Jay Caboz


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