30 March 2021

As news of the coronavirus and its spread through South Africa broke, the Shoprite Group quickly developed an action plan that would form the core of its response to this devastating pandemic. 

In the action plan, the Group committed to fully adhering to all critical plans and safety measures informed by government and international health authorities - while at the same time, to protect its employees, customers, and communities.

Although it was an incredibly trying year for all of South Africa, the Group worked hard to minimise the impact of Covid-19 - and to continue innovating at pace. 

The Group proudly retained all of its employees' jobs, fed millions of hungry people, and even captured the country’s fascination with some more unusual moments, including a Jerusalema proposal and a brazen liquor heist.


Here are just some of the Shoprite Group’s key moments during South Africa’s first year of lockdown: