• Business Insider SA compared the prices of braai essentials at Checkers, Pick n Pay, Spar and Shoprite. 
  • We found Pepsi 2 litre soda and skinless chicken breasts per kg for nearly R5 cheaper. 
  • Woolworths was excluded from the comparison because it lacked most products other stores had, but sold 800g beef patties for the same price as Pick n Pay. 
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South Africans will celebrate Heritage Day across the country on Tuesday by braaing with friends and family. 

Business Insider South Africa, therefore, compared the prices of meat essentials at South Africa’s four largest supermarkets. 

Where prices are omitted, in-store prices could not be found. The cheapest prices for each category are in bold. 

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Note that meat prices are highly subjective to the type of cut, the animal’s diet and its age, and prices can therefore not be accurately compared. 

Some of the notable price differences include Pepsi 2 litres which was R5 cheaper than the closest competitor at Checkers; and Shoprite which sold skinless chicken breasts for R59.99 per kg. 

Woolworths was excluded from the comparison, as many products sold at other retailers were not available at Woolworths. 

Woolworths, however, sold free-range chicken for R117.99 per kg, and Lay's 125g chips for R19.49. 

Woolworths also sold eight 800g beef burger patties for R69.99 - the same price Pick n Pay asked for its eight 800g beef burger patties.

Also read: How to build the perfect braai fire

Heritage day, first proclaimed in a democratic South Africa, was originally known as Shaka Day in KwaZulu-Natal where the day commemorated the Zulu King, Shaka.

When the day was proclaimed, late president Nelson Mandela said the public holiday was introduced to celebrate the country’s rich and varied cultural heritage.

Since the early 2000s, the day has colloquially been associated with South Africa’s braai culture after a campaign to call it ‘Braai day’ in 2007. 

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