The global outbreak of COVID-19 has touched all our lives.

While our coronavirus statistics are nowhere near that of China, the US, Italy, Spain and the UK, there are over 2 000 confirmed cases here in Mzansi, and SA Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize warns that “what we may currently be experiencing is the calm before a heavy and devastating storm.” [1]

South Africa is on it like a comet, though, and the BBC further reports that “there are even drive-through testing centres . Soon the country will be able to test 30 000 people every day.”

Before and after tests, though, is pandemic best practice, or PBP as we like to call it.

This involves:

  • honouring lockdown by staying home as much as humanly possible;
  • only leaving home to use essential services;
  • washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • wearing a nose and mouth mask in public;
  • keeping a distance of at least 2m from others; and
  • actively avoid touching any surfaces that might host or transmit the virus. That might be your face, eyes, mouth, and any surfaces others may touch.

This last one is extremely tricky to do when you have to go out and buy food. Luckily, Pick n Pay has a plan. And it also involves drive-throughs (but no tests). reports that the major supermarket chain is putting customers first during lockdown with this helpful addition to their services.


At select stores across the country, Pick n Pay customers can stay in their cars when they buy groceries.


Here’s how it works:

  1. Find a participating store from the online list here.
  2. Pick your products from the essentials list available for download on the same page.
  3. Email the store with your list attached.
  4. Await confirmation from the store. Someone will contact you to let you know your order has been received.
  5. Once you get a two-hour notice about your order, go to the store at the allotted time frame.
  6. Park in a designated parking area in the parking lot.
  7. Receive your goods from a Pick n Pay staff member (no touching necessary).
  8. Payment will be arranged directly through the specified Pick n Pay store, and MyBroadband reports that it could involve, “a sanitized credit card machine.” We suggest you download Zapper or other cardless payment apps  for contactless payments as well.


Find out more about Pick n Pays’ drive-through shopping here. 


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Stay in touch, but don’t touch 😉


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