You can still have food, goods delivered to your house – here are the cheapest options

Business Insider SA
  • Several South African food delivery services remain open during the national lockdown. 
  • They have, however, warned that due to increased demand, consumers should expect delays in delivery. 
  • Checkers came out the cheapest in Business Insider’s comparison, followed by Granadilla, Ucook and Daily Dish. 
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A number of South African food delivery services remain open during the national lockdown, but will only be able to deliver essential food items such as fruits and vegetables. 

Business Insider South Africa, therefore, ranked the delivery services that remain open during this period, according to the potential delivery fees that may be incurred. 

Checkers, Granadilla, Ucook and Daily Dish offer free delivers. However, food parcels and meal kits at Grandilla, Ucook and Dailychef start at around R400. 

Most food delivery services have warned that they are inundated with food delivery requests, and may, therefore, have to deliver a slower service. Most services are also only available in urban areas such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. 

Here are the food delivery services available in South Africa during the lockdown, with their delivery fees ranked from cheapest to most expensive. 

Checkers Sixty60

Cost: Free 

Where: Johannesburg and Cape Town 

Consumers in parts of Johannesburg and Cape Town will be able to get their groceries during the national lockdown. 

Checkers has, however, warned that due to increased demand consumers should expect an hour delay compared to its usual 60-minute promise, and that orders are limited to a maximum of 30 products.

Also read: We ordered groceries on the new Checkers app - and 24 minutes later it was on our doorstep


Cost: Free    

Where: Cape Town 

Granadilla, best known for its printed swim shorts, has started offering fruit, veggies and bread boxes. 

It said it partnered with the Oranjezicht market in Cape Town to distribute high quality food products, but it is currently limited to Cape Town only.


Cost: roughly R630 for three meals, delivery included 

Where: Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban 

Meal kit provider Ucook will continue to provide consumers with meal kits throughout the lockdown period.

In a letter to consumers, Ucook CEO David Torr said the service may have to introduce a limit on orders due to increased demand from the national lockdown. 

Also read: We compared SA's dinner-kit services UCook and Daily Dish – and the winner was clear for one key and one minor reason

Daily Dish 

Cost: roughly R650 for three meals, delivery included 

Where: Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria 

Daily Dish consumers will still be able to receive meal kits throughout the lockdown period.

Unlike Ucook, the service did not indicate that it been receiving increased demand and it may, therefore, be easier to get orders through the service. 


Cost: R20 - R85  

Where: suburbs in Johannesburg & Cape Town 

South Africans can order fresh groceries and medicine from Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Dis-chem and Clicks and have it delivered at their doorsteps through the Zulzi platform.

The service has, however, warned that due to increased demand from national lockdown it has suspended one-hour deliveries, and is now instead aiming to deliver within a day. 

Read: This popular SA app delivers your groceries within an hour - for only R45


Cost: R50

Where: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, and Durban 

Woolworths is delivering groceries to consumers throughout the lockdown period, but warned that their delivery slots are very full, which may cause delays. 

Pick n Pay 

Cost: R60 

Where: Johannesburg, Pretoria, East Rand, Cape Town, Hermanus, George, Soweto, Pietermaritzburg 

Pick n Pay will deliver fresh fruit, and other food essentials such as pasta and bread throughout the lockdown period. Due to increased demand, most delivery slots have, however, been taken and there may, therefore, be a lengthy wait to get a slot for deliveries. 

Also read: Pick n Pay will send you the same groceries every week or month – and you only need to order once


Cost: R60

Where: most parts of South Africa 

Essential items such as haircare products, soap, nappies and coffee can still be delivered by Takealot during the national lockdown, with orders for non-essential items being delivered post lockdown. 

It typically takes between three to five days for deliveries in urban areas, and even longer for rural areas. 

Also read: Here’s what you’ll pay to get toilet paper delivered by Takealot, Checkers, Pick n Pay, and more


Cost: Starting at around R3 000 for 36 meals over 21 days, delivery fee starting at R79 

Where: Gauteng, Cape Town and parts of KwaZulu-Natal 

Health-focussed meal kit provider Fitchef will still be delivering during the 21-day lockdown after it was declared an essential service. 

It has not indicated that it has received increased demand during this time. 


Cost: R89.95

Where: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban 

Netflorist will be open to deliver essential food items such as fruits and vegetables, and biltong, during the national lockdown. 

Netflorist only started grocery deliveries a week ago, and has a limited catalogue of essential foods on offer. It said hot foods will be available for delivery “soon”.

Also read: Netflorist now delivers fruit and vegetables in a day - with hot meals coming soon

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