Black Friday off to a good start

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Although there were no reported incidents of chaos, with scenes of pushing and shoving, Bloemfontein shoppers came out in their numbers to take advantage of the Black Friday discounts offered by most retails stores across the city.

Some residents even got out of bed around 04:00 this morning to make sure they don’t miss this once-a-year shopping event.

Jeanette Motshabi and her husband from Heidedal.

At the few stores that the Bloemfontein Courant team visited, people were queuing enthusiastically since 05:00 this morning to get to the bargains first. And judged by the size of their trolleys, they did not rise early for nothing.

Wimpie Steynberg, a Black Friday enthusiast from Leeukop, said the two trolleys full of specials he bought from Hyperama in Fleurdal, is not his only shopping for the day. He still need to get to Makro for some huge bargains.


Wimpie Steynberg from Leeukop and his son, Donnovan.

“I missed out on Black Friday last year, and I promised myself I will make up for it this year. And why not, the discounts are amazing,” said Steynberg.

But he is not the only one who plans to shop until he drops. Jeanette Motshabi from Heidedal said although the discounts are not as big as last year, she intends to sniff them out in every store she visits today.

“I’ve been queuing since 06:00 this morning. I have to make it worth my while. I got a few important stuff already, but I am not done for the day,” Motshabi told Bloemfontein Courant.

Bridget Erasmus from Lourier Park, said this is her first Black Friday in Bloemfontein, but she is happy with the bargains she picked up so far.

Bridget Erasmus from Lourier Park.

“Last year I was in Pretoria and didn’t take part in Black Friday. This year is a different case. When I leave Hyperama, I will be on my way to Makro and House and Home,” said Erasmus.

Judged by the enthusiasm with which the Bloemfontein shoppers support Black Friday, it seems to be here to stay.

Pieter Delport

pieterd@mahareng.co.za