Shopping online in South Africa

Souths Africans love to shop. And increasingly, as internet access and the number of online retailers grows, they’re doing it online, logging on to buy everything from books to wine to electronic equipment.

So where are South Africans shopping online? According to internet researchers World Wide Worx, there are over 800 retail websites in South African cyberspace. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular sites – and links (see box on right) for those who want to hunt down the lesser known ones.

Online Malls

Mweb Shopping Zone
Everything you’d expect to find in a shopping mall, all online.

Digital Mall
Stocking more than 1 000 products across 12 online stores, Digital Mall was one of South Africa’s first online retailers.

Online auctions
On bidorbuy, individuals and companies can sell goods either at fixed price or in auction format. The 10 top performing categories on bidorbuy are Coins & Notes, Computers, Cellular Phones, Jewellery & Watches, Electronics, Gemstones, Household & Office, Antiques & Collectables, and Photography and Gaming.


Pick ‘n Pay Home Shopping
Avoid the drudge of the supermarket queues – do your grocery shopping from the comfort of your keyboard.

Woolworths’ full catalogue is available online, allowing you to browse for groceries, clothing and gifts.

Books, music, DVDs
Selling everything from books, CDs and DVDs to movie tickets and electronic equipment, Kalahari is one of South Africa’s biggest and most successful online retailers.

Exclusive Books
The online shop of one of South Africa’s biggest bookselling chains.

Loot have expanded their range to include CDs and DVDs, as well as a full range of discounted books.

Look and Listen
The online version of the CD chain, Look & Listen’s online store is open 24/7.

Selling CDs, DVDs and mp3 downloads, Musica has more than 50 000 titles to choose from.

Electronics and gadgets

Digital Planet
With thousands of computers, cameras, cellphones and other electronic products in stock, Digital Planet has all the gadgets you need.

NGR Computers Online Webstore
Promising a “low-cost, efficient, personalised computer hardware shopping experience” online.


Offering a same day delivery service for orders placed before 12:00, Netflorist is South Africa’s largest flower and gifting service.


Not just for South Africa – the finest South African wines are now delivered anywhere around the globe. Check out:


  • eWine
  • WineClub South Africa
  • Wine of the Month Club


Health and beauty

Ascot Direct
South Africa’s largest online health and beauty store.

Event bookings

Online ticket sales for movies, theatre and live events, festivals, sporting events, and city to city bus trips. reporter