First things first, what is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving celebrated in the US (not to be confused with Canadian Thanksgiving). It’s seen as the start of the festive shopping season and retailers traditionally offer shoppers incredible sales and promotions. Although it started in the US, Black Friday is fast becoming popular in South Africa.
When is Black Friday in 2019?
It will be on 29 November 2019. Luckily, that just happens to be payday for most of us too!
How to make the most of Black Friday deals in South Africa
The problem with most of these Black Friday deals is that retailers aren’t telling us exactly what savings they’re going to be offering. That means a lot of them are encouraging consumers to sign up to newsletters, RSVP to events or download apps so that they will be the first to know what the deals will be.
This makes it a bit difficult to plan your shopping, but we suggest signing up with the stores you’re most likely to buy from (you can always unsubscribe later) and then watching your inbox like a hawk. Make sure you have profiles with online stores before Black Friday!
If there’s a store you love or a deal you’re REALLY keen on getting, you need to make sure you’re one of the first to find out about it – because a lot of these deals sell out fast. There’ll be no judgement from us if you stay awake until 12:01 am on Friday to make the most of the Black Friday deals that are offered online.
If you do venture to the malls, make sure you are prepared: get there EARLY (check mall websites for extended Black Friday shopping hours), take water and snacks along with you (no one wants to shop hangry) and stay calm.
Some of the best Black Friday deals in South Africa
Jewellery and watches at Bella Luna
Who wouldn’t want up to 40% off on jewellery and watches from top-name brands like Nomination, Guess, Thomas Sabo, Seiko, Citizen and more? Bella Luna Watch & Jewellery Boutique stocks gorgeous pieces, for men and women, supplied by these brands’ official SA distributors, so anything you buy has a full guarantee: what you’re investing in is the real deal. Shoppers in Joburg, Pretoria, Umhlanga and Durban can visit Bella Luna’s stores, or you can shop online from the comfort of your own home. Want early access to their incredible Black Friday discounts? Then sign up to Bella Luna’s newsletter.
[email protected] Black Friday deal
If you don’t want to miss out on your monthly dose of your favourite magazine then this deal is ideal for you. Save 50% on a 1-year print subscription to Essentials Magazine and get a free digital subscription or get 75% off a 1-year digital subscription on the 29th of November 2019. Phone: 087 405 2005 or email: [email protected]
A one-stop shop with Superbalist
Superbalist’s Black Friday sale includes thousands of deals on leading local and international brands across a wide variety of categories from women- and menswear to kids, teens, maternity, beauty, sports, plus-size, home and tech.
But there’s no need to wait until 00:01 AM on Friday, 29 November when the five-day Superbalist Showdown officially kicks off. Black Friday is happening sooner for shoppers this year, with early access Black Friday guaranteed deals on selected days in November, with discounts to look forward to. Subscribe to the Superbalist newsletter, download the app or follow Superbalist on social media to be the first to know.
Big brands from Edgars
The giant retail store will be taking part in Black Friday, but not just on the 29th. Edgars will be having deals from Thursday the 28th to Sunday the 1st, with deals such as Buy One, Get One Free On Selected Items. They are holding their cards quite close to their chest, but we do know that Thursday is only available to Clubcard Holders but Friday through to Sunday is open for all. They’ll also be having online specials, so keep your eyes tuned to the Edgars website for all updates.
Cooking made easy with UCOOK
UCOOK is offering budding home chefs the chance to cash in on a UCOOK box for a massive 60% off this Black Friday. Choose from between 2 and 4 meals in your UCOOK box which is delivered each Monday with organic, fresh ingredients and mouth-watering recipes. Can you think of any reason NOT to order? No? Neither can we. Visit www.ucook.co.za and use the code on the order details tab at check out: #BLACKFRIDAY0193
Trendy sandals and mules at Saints & Summer
One of our favourite proudly South African footwear brands, Saint & Summer is offering up to 70% off selected shoes. Subscribe to their newsletter to get early access (as early as the 27th of November). Buying local and saving money… That’s a win-win in our books.
Your favourite bargain homeware and gym wear at Mr Price
Visit the MRP Home site to see the deals released daily. Then, between 25 and 28 November, when shopping online, at virtual checkout, use the coupon code BLKFIVEDAY, to get these discounts:
- R100 OFF when you spend over R700
- R250 OFF when you spend over R1 500
- R400 OFF when you spend over R2 000
MRP Sport will be taking part in Black Friday too! We don’t know how they’ll be making their prices even better, but we’re not complaining. On Friday the 29th, they’ll have such a variety of in-store and online promotions, you won’t want to miss out.
Watch now: How to survive Black Friday at the shops
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend at Black Betty
If you’re looking for unique, and stunning jewellery, look no further. Black Betty Jewellery Design features every pretty piece you could imagine. From long-line necklaces to chunky statement bangles. And on Black Friday they are offering a whopping 60% off at their outlets (online, Hyde Park Mall and Sea Point). To top it off, if you place your order on the 29th, you’ll get free shipping too. Score!
Shoes, glorious shoes at Bolton Footwear
Bolton Footwear is the place to find amazing, quality shoes, that are super comfortable too. With brands such as Bronx Women, Grasshoppers and Anton Fabi, they have something for every taste and occasion. For Black Friday, they will be offering 30% off on all their ranges.
Cosy up at home with KNUS
Getting a bargain and supporting local brands, sounds like the best of both worlds to us. Home decor and furniture brand KNUS is participating in Black Friday this year. Word has it, that they are offering up to 25% off mirrors and up to 35% off selected Cotton Baskets & Planters. Keep an eye out on their website so you’re the first to know what other great homeware deals they’ll have on offer.
Something for kids at Ackermans
We all love Ackermans for the quality range of all things baby and children. This year, they’ll be offering 30% off ABC nappies. So we’d recommend heading over to Ackermans and stocking up – for all you moms-to-be. Oh and while you’re there, head to their home section. They’re also offering 30% off assorted double or queen comforters.
Plan ahead for The Randshow
For all you Rand Show fanatics, you’ll be happy to hear that you can buy your tickets now, and invite double the people to go along with you. The Rand Show is offering an outrageous buy one, get one free special on all their tickets. This special is for Black Friday only, so we would keep refreshing that page so you don’t miss out.
Clothes galore at Zando
Zando.co.za will be launching the #ZandoBlackout Sale this Black Friday. For the next 4 weeks, Zando.co.za will be “blacking out” exclusive and once-off deals in the lead up to the big day. The 16 new daily teaser deals apply during the week leading up to the #ZandoBlackout Sale. This means savings of up to 70% off on top brands like Adidas, Puma, New Balance and Sissy Boy. The exclusive #ZandoBlackout Sale deals will be revealed at midnight on 28 November. With limited stock, we highly suggest setting your alarms and getting online or on your app early so you don’t miss out.
Technology and homeware with Dion WIred
Dion Wired is making sure our customers get their hands on the deals they want by opening 21 stores for trade at midnight on Black Friday. They will also have unique and special offers available online. They are being pretty tight-lipped about their offers, so they are encouraging customers to head to their closest Dion Wired to get the Black Friday leaflet, which will have all the details you need.
Get ready to be amazed. Game’s 2019 pre-Black Friday promotion runs from 9 am on 13 November 2019 to 6 pm on 28 November 2019, and will offer weekly specials on a variety of products including appliances, TV, computers, personal electronics, cellular, baby products, DIY, health equipment and much more. These savings will culminate in their massive Black Friday sale, where 96 of their stores will open at midnight on 28 November in South Africa. Keep your eyes open for their Black Friday leaflet from 27 November. This will show shoppers the deals available on the weekend of 29 November. Want a little more? Customers who purchase with their Game mystorecard get free delivery too.
All about the kids
South Africa’s beloved children’ clothing store Keedo is participating this year too. Spoil your little ones with cool and trendy clothing. At 40% off selected summer items, you’ll walk away with an entire outfit for your little boy or girl.
Feel great in the skin you’re in with Cocogold
Cocogold is a proudly South African & animal-friendly company. They hand-make all their products in Cape Town and are committed to producing natural beauty products. Head on over to their website and get 40% off all products on Black Friday.
Catch up on the latest releases with Ster-Kinekor
On Black Friday, pay only R45 for any movie and R25 for a snack combo (small soda or slush and small popcorn) at any Ster-Kinekor cinema (excluding D-BOX, IMAX and Cine Prestige). That’s R70 to kick back with popcorn and a drink while watching one of the latest releases on the big screen – such as the thrilling drama The Good Liar starring Helen Mirren, or murder-mystery Knives Out with an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans and Daniel Craig.
Sneak Peek: 4 Pick n Pay deals
Pick n Pay’s deals will run from 29 November to 1 December, with all their stores across SA opening at 6 am on Black Friday. Sign up to their newsletter to stay in the loop. Here’s a teaser from the brand, for four deals available in-store nationwide on Black Friday:
- TECH: AIM 50” Full LED TV for R2 999,99 – SAVE R2 000
- GROCERIES: Nescafe Gold Instant Coffee Assorted 200g for R60 – SAVE R46
- FASHION: Women’s Denim Jegging for R129,99 – SAVE R70
- GROCERIES: Pampers Nappies (New or Active-Baby Disposable Jumbo Pack, Premium Care Disposable Pants Value Pack or Active Baby Disposable Pants Jumbo Pack Assorted) for R148 per pack – SAVE R81
Product availability and prices were correct at time of publishing; both are subject to change. Respective brands’ Ts&Cs apply for all deals listed; please see their websites for more info.