• Takealot said it will remain open to sell essential goods during the national lockdown. 
  • It has, however, paused payments to reconfigure its platform to only allow the purchase of essential goods. 
  • E-retailer Yuppiechef said it will also have to stop deliveries during the lockdown, but will remain open for orders to be delivered after the lockdown. 
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South Africa’s largest e-retailer Takealot will remain open during the national lockdown, but has temporarily paused payments as it reconfigures its platform to only allow the purchase of essential goods. 

On Wednesday the government published a poorly-drafted list of what may be sold, at supermarkets and properly licensed spaza shops, during South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown. It includes a few broad categories, such as "basic goods" (which definitely include airtime) and "household cleaning products".

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South Africa will enter an unprecedented 21-day lockdown on Friday to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the country, which has so far infected 709 people.  

The country, along with New Zealand, is alone in excluding delivery services from essential services that may remain open during the lockdown. 

Amazon and delivery services such as Uber Eats are still operational in countries such as Germany, Italy and the United States. 

Takealot said it had to pause payments to remove the ability for consumers to purchase non-essential items during the lockdown.  

Only essential goods, as directed by the state, will be delivered during this time, Takealot said. 

It said customers will be notified about pending orders and returns in due course.

Meanwhile, kitchenware e-retailer Yuppiechef said it will have to stop deliveries during the lockdown, but will remain open for orders to be delivered after the lockdown period. 

(Compilled by James de Villiers)