13 October 2023

Emerging farmers from 40 community food gardens across the country sold their fresh and organically grown produce directly to the public as part of Shoprite and Checkers’ Market Day on Thursday, 12 October 2023.

Since its launch in 2017, Market Day is part of the retailer’s commitment to support and strengthen the local communities in which it trades and serves as an opportunity for small-scale food gardens to sell their produce at selected Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets. 

“We’re always excited about participating in Market Day because Checkers’ footprint enables us to sell to a larger audience. Not only do we gain invaluable retail experience, but the response from the public is always fantastic and we’re able to supplement our income.” 

- Mpho Mutaung from the Carroll Shaw Memorial Centre in Randfontein

The Shoprite Group is committed to ensuring food security in communities and supports more than 220 food gardens – covering more than 4.5 million m2 – and over 3 750 home gardens, indirectly impacting 61 064 beneficiaries. The retailer’s garden programme has provided 2 580 community members with training over the past year and has supplied more than 1 million meals since inception. 

Two women in red aprons holding vegetables Sibonile Agricultural Co-operative representatives, Alias Sithole and Daphney Mahaule at Shoprite Acornhoek Mall.

The gardens who participated in Market Day include:



  • Phawu Agripak Cooperative – Shoprite Dutywa
  • Siyalima Asidlali Co-operative – Shoprite Mount Ayliff 
  • Star Uplifting Centre – Shoprite King Williams Town 
  • Wathint’ Abafazi – Shoprite Ziyabuya, Gqeberha 
  • Yizanazo Co-operative – Shoprite Gillwell, East London 


  • Community Working Programme – Usave Koffiefontein
  • Dikonyana Community Based Care Center – Shoprite Heidedal, Bloemfontein
  • Free State Rural Women Assembly Agroecological Hub – Shoprite Botshabelo Mall
  • Phahamang Basadi – Checkers Parys 2
  • Qholaqhwe – Shoprite Mandela Park, Phuthaditjhaba


A young man selling vegetables outside a Shoprite supermarket. Khula Nathi's Siboniseni Myeza, at Shoprite Mount Edgecombe for the Shoprite Checkers market day.



  • Action Lesotho – Shoprite Leribe, Butha-Buthe



  • Ploughs and Feathers Co-operative – Checkers New Hazyview Junction 
  • Sibonile Agricultural Co-operative – Shoprite Acornhoek Mall
  • Timbavati – Shoprite Acornhoek Plaza 


  • Bakgatla ba Motsetlha – Shoprite Temba, Hammanskraal
  • Tshenolo Primary Co-operative – Shoprite Taung


  • Jesus in Action Our Garden – Checkers Protea Heights, Brackenfell
  • Mhani Gingi – Checkers Constantia
  • Mthimkhulu Community Development Programme – Shoprite Kleinmond 
  • Ocean View Organics Farmers Cooperative – Checkers Hyper Sun Valley, Noordhoek
  • Siyazama Community Project – Checkers Somerset West 
  • Vulamasango – Checkers Weltevreden, Mitchells Plain