South Africans can buy and have various essential products delivered from Takealot during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
From the evening of 30 March, Takealot reopened its online store with a focus on the sale and delivery of essential goods – as prescribed by the South African government. This followed Takealot temporarily disabling payment methods on its site while the lockdown regulations were finalised.
“After carefully reviewing the legislation and looking at what other local retailers are offering, we have curated a comprehensive selection of essential items which are now available to purchase on Takealot,” the company said.
Takealot has also put measures in place to prevent non-essential items from passing through its checkout process.
However, the product selection is subject to change in coming weeks, Takealot noted.
“Given that our platform is conducive to social distancing and from what we see happening elsewhere in the world we will continue to lobby the government to allow us to deliver more than just essential products, as defined, in the weeks to come.”
“We recognise that as the weeks drag on the definition of essential products needs to either be removed or broadened to maintain your mental and physical wellbeing at this very difficult time,” Takealot said.
Order limits and delivery options
Aside from the limited types of products available, Takealot has implemented several other measures during the lockdown.
To prevent panic buying and stockpiling, the retailer has imposed stock limitations to certain key products. This will allow customers to purchase up to five of these items per checkout.
“We will continue to monitor buying behaviour and may expand on these key products as the need arises,” Takealot said.
Additionally, customers will not be able to collect or drop off products at any Takealot Pickup Points during the lockdown, including Takealot’s Cape Town warehouse.
The retailer said it will ensure that its complies with recent price gouging legislation and retrospectively ensure that its sellers do the same, as well.
Food, beverages, cleaning products, stationery and baby products are some of the prominently-featured categories on Takealot’s essentials offering page.
Additionally, customers are able to buy airtime vouchers and data bundles from all the major mobile operators.
The full list of product categories available includes:
- Airtime and data
- Baby and toddler products
- Beauty, health and hygiene products
- Groceries and beverages
- DIY and outdoor essentials
- DStv and digital products
- Home and kitchen products
- Household cleaning products
- Stationery and office equipment
- Pet supplies
Below is a selection of essential products that were available to order from Takealot at the time of writing.