Until the end of the month Nando's is offering a quarter chicken with chips and a roll for R30.
Add in a can of cool drink – at a not-so-special price of R18 – and that makes for a 30% discount on a meal with a normal list price of R67.
That has proven a very attractive offer, especially at the cash-flush start of the month, and our investigations showed that entire offices and retail teams were buying the special as a group.
Word is also spreading online.
Nando's quarter chicken,chips and a roll all for R30 Rt to save a life— Zuko Mntonintshi (@ZukoMntonintshi) July 4, 2018
And therein lies the catch: there are only 100 specials available per day, per store.
To spread things out a bit, Nando's limits specials to four per customer, and we watched tellers turn away attempts to buy up to 21 at a time. But even so, that 100 sells out pretty quick, well before lunch time in stores we polled.
Nando's initially started the special as a way of gifting their loyal customers on their 30th birthday.
"This year we just thought to do it all over again," says Su-lise Tessendorf-Louw, Nando's general manager of brand and strategy IMEA.
And why are they doing this?
"Because Mzanzi needs fuel to keep fixing our sh*t," she says. 30% is, for Tessendorf-Louw, a good bargain.
"And judging from the feedback from everyone, they think so too."
The special runs until the end of July.
UPDATE: *This article as been updated to include comment from Nando's.
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