What you need to know about Black Friday at Game and Makro – including which stores will open at midnight and Uber discounts for shoppers

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Black Friday, which has emerged as a massive shopping event in South Africa over the past two years, is right around the corner.

Last year, stampedes were seen at many stores as South Africans rushed to get their hands on big specials.

Some 90 Game stores will again open at midnight next Friday, but Makro decided against doing that. Instead, it will run Black Friday specials over five days, from 21 November to 25 November, with over 26,000 lines on promotion.

“Black Friday has become renowned for attracting large crowds of people, longer trading hours, long queues, packed parking lots, finished trolleys, discounted prices and more as consumers scramble for their favourite discounted items,” announced the company in a statement.

“However, year-on-year Makro constantly aims to improve our customers’ shopping experience because we know what Black Friday comes with and we have the solution for their Black Friday shopping.”

These are some of Makro’s new initiatives: 

  • Makro will use new mobile pay-point systems to assist customers purchasing a small number of items to pay while standing in the queue.
  • It has also introduced an online drive-through service at the Makro Riversands store, which is a never-been-seen before feature at a retail store in South Africa. 
  • Uber, in partnership with Makro, will be offering a R50 discount (limited rides to and from Makro outlets on a first-come, first-serve basis) with dedicated Uber pick-up and collection zones at each store.
  • Makro will charge a R70 delivery fee for both online and in-store purchases regardless of the distance from the store, and offer free delivery to Makro pick-up lockers and click-and-collect from store.
  • All mCard members will receive 10% back into their mWallet on all non-promotional products (excluding food, liquor and selected categories) bought in-store. 

 

 

Game has already launched some of its Black Friday deals, which started yesterday with in-store specials.

Last year, Game was criticised for a lack of security after doors were shattered during a midnight stampede in Century City, Cape Town.

 

 

Game, and Makro say they have arranged for additional crowd management control for this year’s expected Black Friday rush.

These Games stores will open at midnight on Black Friday

Durban

Game Amanzimtoti

Game City Durban (City View)

Game Gateway

Game Pavilion

Game Westwood

Game Watercrest

Game Pinetown

Northern KZN

Game Ballito

Game Empangeni

Game Richardsbay

Southern KZN 3

Game Kokstad

Game Mthatha

Game Shelley Beach

Inland KZN

Game Newcastle

Game Midlands Mall

Gauteng

Game Cresta

Game Eastgate

Game Festival Mall

Game Greenstone Mall

Game Mall Of Africa

Game Midrand

Game Bel – Air

Game Fourways

East Rand 3

Game Benoni

Game Carnival Mall

Game Boksburg

Game Heidelberg

Game Vaal Mall

Game Vereeniging

Game Alberton

Game Evaton

Game Mall Of The South

Game Southgate

Game The Glen

Game Soweto

Game Trade Route Mall

Game Clearwater

Game Cradlestone

Game Westgate

Game Key West

Game Brooklyn

Game Kolonnade

Game Mall @ Reds

Game Menlyn

Game Woodlands

Game Wonderpark (Tshwane)

Game Centurion

Game Jubilee Mall – Hammanskraal

Game Soshanguve

Free State

Game Bethlehem

Game Bloem Fleurdal

Game Welkom

Mpumalanga

Game Ermelo

Game Groblersdal

Game Highveld Mall (eMalahleni)

Game Middelburg

Game Ilanga Mall (Mbombela)

Game Secunda

Game Burgersfort

Limpopo

Game Makhado

Game Mokopane

Game Polokwane Mtn

Game Phalaborwa

Game Polokwane Cbd

Game Thohoyandou

Game Tzaneen

Eastern Cape

Game East London Beacon Bay

Game Vincent

Game PE Bay West

Western Cape – Cape Town

Game Worcester

Game Bayside

Game Canal Walk

Game Cape Gate

Game  Zewenwacht Mall

Game N1 City

Game Parow

Game Tygervalley

North West

Game Klerksdorp

Game Potchefstroom

Game Brits

Game Mafikeng

Game Rustenburg : Waterfall Mall

Southern Cape

Game Mossel Bay

Game George

Game Somerset Mall

Game Vredenburg

Northern Cape

Game Kathu

Game Kimberley NC Mall

Game Upington

 

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