People gathered to get their hands on in-store specials at Game, which offered fantastic deals on goods from TVs to nappies. Those included deals for the kitchen, deals from grocery stores, and some of the more unusual special discounts we’ve come across.
The store saw scenes of chaos in 2017, but this year things were expected to be calm, organised – and heavily policed.
Nizaam Dramat, Store Manager of Game in Canal Walk, said his team learned their lesson and came back with beefed-up security and an organised ticket system that limited the amount of customers in-store at any time.
Dramat said the store had been expecting an even bigger turnout of early-morning shoppers in 2018, after other retailers announced they would not open at midnight.
As the first 50 customers were allowed through its doors, thousands more waited patiently, some in blankets and in nightgowns, outside Entrance 8 on this windy Cape Town night.
This was not the case at all stores and retailers across the country.
While reports from most stores were that Black Friday shopping was pretty calm, videos on social media have shown that there were some mini-stampedes at others.
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