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South African farmer Kepas CB Melodi started his business by spotting a gap in the market - and, aided by the hands-on approach of the buying team at Shoprite and Checkers, he was able to ride the unpredictable wave of COVID-19 almost unscathed.
The relationships forged between buyers and farmers like Melodi help to create a degree of certainty in an often unpredictable industry, and because of this Melodi says he has a better idea of when, and what, to plant in order to reap maximum benefits from the land.
A married couple from KwaZulu-Natal, both of whom are pensioners, have continued a family farming tradition with their inherited farm in La Mercy - and have been regular suppliers of high quality produce to the Shoprite Group for more than three decades.
Balamani Govender inherited the farm from her parents, who were among the first successful farmers in the region. Together with her husband Krish Naidu, the pair have continued working the land well into their late 60s and early 70s.
Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets have been bringing some Easter cheer to thousands of vulnerable children and elderly across South Africa this week.
Checkers has won four awards at the 2020/21 Marketing Achievement Awards.
MediRite is among the first pharmacies in South Africa to offer the 2021 flu vaccine, retailing from just R109, ahead of the upcoming winter season.
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.
Checkers has unveiled a new premium range called Forage & Feast, which is being endorsed by South Africa’s first Michelin star chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen.
Take a seat at our first-ever Virtual Easter Table and discover a hand-selected range of the finest foods #CheckersEasterFeast
Shoprite and Packa-Ching have launched a second mobile buy-back centre in the Eastern Cape, following the recent success of the programme in East London. With a unique, entrepreneur-focused approach, the Packa-Ching unit consists of a truck and trailer, which means it can visit multiple communities throughout Gqeberha on a regular basis.
With 1 in 5 households reporting weekly hunger, and a record 7.2 million unemployed people in South Africa, Shoprite has intensified its efforts to provide customers with products that are affordable and accessible.
While many have come to disregard the R5 coin’s purchasing power, Shoprite continues to look for ways to stretch it even further, by selling food and other essentials that require just a single coin.
The Checkers Gauteng division surprised medical personnel and healthcare workers at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital with a performance by members of the world-renowned Soweto Gospel Choir - observing all Covid-19 protocols.
In a year punctuated by an economic meltdown, the Shoprite Group’s commitment to its small suppliers have enabled these businesses to access new consumer markets and to retain much-needed jobs.
Checkers this week launched a new television commercial to highlight the R1 billion it has saved customers over the past year.
The Shoprite Group has subsidised over 150 million R5 deli meals since 2017 and sold 63 million R4.99 bread loaves in the past financial year as it continues to make sure that someone with just R5 in their pocket can afford to eat.
The Shoprite Group is launching a rewards programme for its Shopite branded stores on Monday 12 October 2020. The new Shoprite Xtra Savings card will benefit customers with immediate cash savings and launches a year after the Checkers Xtra Savings rewards programme, with more than 5 million customers signed up for and which put more than a R1bn back in the pocket of consumers through savings and discounts in the last year.
Checkers this week released Odd Bins 2020 - a limited edition 2014 merlot - to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its exclusive range of limited edition vintages sourced from local wine estates.
With more than 100 million YouTube views, Master KG and Nomcebo’s hit single Jerusalema not only has dancers worldwide on their feet, but the #JerusalemaChallenge also provided Raymond Seema with the perfect occasion to propose to his partner, Dineo Mashilo, outside Shoprite Potgietersrus.
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