Bfn shoppers show up for Black Friday



The final Friday of November 2022 has had a few locals chasing down specials and deals across Bloemfontein. From large wholesalers to smaller retailers, the frenzy was the same across the board.

From early this morning shoppers queued at various stores that were open from as early as 7am while the mid-day rush swarmed malls, resulting in traffic congestions in some areas.

Bloemfontein Courant took to the streets, not to hunt down bargains and deals but to find out just how Bloemfonteiners are experiencing this year’s Black Friday season.

Here is what they had to say:

“I’m here at Checkers today because they have great deals on the things I wanted to buy such as the toilet paper and cleaning products. Getting them on special on a regular day is unlikely. Checkers is not as packed as some shops in town,” says Sophy Moholo.

Palesa Mokoena says she doesn’t really shop specifically for Black Friday sales. “I’m here to do my normal shopping, but I must say I got some items that I’ve wanted for a while for a good price today. I am glad that some shops have the specials from Monday until Sunday, so it does not get busy.”

Zenobia van Niekerk feels that shops should have these specials more than once a year. “I think it’s wonderful to have Black Friday. I bought a lot of things for underprivileged people. I have two families I am buying things for and the buy one get one free special works very well because one can go to each family,” she says. She adds that Checkers is not that busy today (25 November), which is a bonus.

Trudie Pelser says what she enjoys most about Black Friday is definitely all the specials. “I am here with my best friend who is helping me stick to my budget.”

An eager 22-year-old Mathabang Malinga was spotted leaving a retail store with excitement. She was dressed for the occasion in a colourful Hawaiin floral necklace. “I am so happy, it is treating me nice. I have been waiting for this day the whole year, I don’t want to lie. I bought a lot of outfits for the festive season.”

Thabiso Molokoa says that he will not be participating this year because he cannot afford to. “If I had money, the first thing I would buy is sneakers.”


Mahareng News Team