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  • Pick n Pay says it has increased delivery slots by 65% in Gauteng, as demand surges.
  • It believes people isolating, and increasing their social distance, are behind the increase in online grocery shopping in that hard-hit province.
  • It is seeing increases in demand in parts of Cape Town too, and is watching the Western Cape.
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Pick n Pay says it has increased home delivery slots by 65% in Gauteng, as demand for grocery deliveries surges in the province responsible for most of the coronavirus infections detected daily.

In a statement on Thursday the retailer said that, in Gauteng, "the third wave is resulting in more people distancing and isolating". 

Food and pharmaceutical retailers saw what some described as "unprecedented" demand for home deliveries in the early days of the pandemic, and scrambled to increase their capacity. Some turned to third-party delivery platforms, others turned to new forms of click-and-collect service, and most found their feet in time for the second wave.

Now big spikes are back, says Pick n Pay. In the last week it had seen a tripling in the number of registrations on its 60-minute delivery service Bottles by Pick n Pay compared to last year, it reported. 

Pick n Pay said it has also seen "high demand" in some parts of Cape Town, and that it was increasing its delivery capacity. Meanwhile, "the rest of the Western Cape and other provinces are being monitored to ensure needs are met over the coming days and weeks".

The government has urged South Africans to not grow fatigued in applying Covid-19 prevention protocols such as wearing masks, as daily deaths hover between 400 and 500, with nearly half of all new infections detected in Gauteng.

Mobility data suggests that South Africans have generally returned to pre-pandemic habits, including in shopping, including in Gauteng. Cold weather previously saw increases in mall foot traffic, even though local, outdoor strip-type malls have generally done better than their indoor counterparts since the start of the pandemic.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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