16 September 2021

    Nafisa Akabor

    The best apps for shopping online

    We take a look at some of the top apps for shopping online in South Africa

    South Africa is still in the third wave of the pandemic. During this time, it’s safest to use shopping apps to grab household necessities. Here are our top five apps to try:


    Vodacom's super spp, VodaPay, has partnered with some of South Africa’s best-loved retailers and service providers. The growing list includes Makro, Clicks, Edgars, Game, Droppa, Netflorist, Builders’ Warehouse, Exclusive Books, Hirsch’s, Kit Kat and KFC. Leading online travel brands TravelStart, Afritrails, Booking.com, Thrifty and FlightSite are also on board. With VodaPay, customers can also add their bank cards from any recognised South African bank and use it for shopping and paying. With money transfers, at no cost, in real time, customers living in rural areas will no longer have to travel long distance to get their money, they can access their money through their personal digital wallet already available on the app. Download VodaPay today. 

    Checkers Sixty60

    The Checkers Sixty60 app continues to impress, and it’s hard to believe it’s just over a year old. The app lets you shop groceries through its slick interface with options to choose alternative products or not to substitute. It offers detailed categories, including deals, with images and a search function. It can reach capacity at peak times, but you get to choose your preferred delivery slot. It promises to deliver in 60 minutes, but we’ve received orders quicker than that, at a cost of R35. Download Sixty60 for iOS here and Android here.


    If you plan in advance, OneCart is great as it includes a selection of stores under one interface. At a quick glance, the next available slot for my location is tomorrow morning, but you have the option to select your own date and time. My area covers Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Dis-Chem, Clicks, Game, Makro and Exclusive Books, but differs by area. The great thing is that you can add things to your cart from all stores without visiting separate sites. Delivery is R45 per mall or speciality store. Download OneCart for iOS here and Android here.


    Like the above apps, Zulzi is an on-demand service that promises delivery in less than an hour. But given current circumstances, it’s probably better to lower that expectation. Zulzi assigns you a personal shopper who will chat to you in real time about your order or if you want a substitute. The shopper will visit stores in your area across categories like groceries, restaurants and pharmaceuticals. You can also pick a delivery slot and fees range from R20 up to R85, but in some cases it’s free. Download the Zulzi app for iOS here and Android here.


    Given that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, it’s essential that you’re able to order medication remotely should you be in quarantine or isolation. Clicks is the largest pharmacy by footprint in SA, and the app lets upload scripts and complete your online shopping on it. It also has useful member information, with your digital card and vouchers tied to your account. It delivers within one to three working days for door-to-door and Clicks & Collect. Download the Clicks app for iOS here and Android here.

    Digital Mall

    The Digital Mall app is meant to bring a virtual mall experience to your smartphone, offering a range of products and services under one roof. You can shop for groceries, meat, clothing, electronics, mobile phones, health, and more in one place. It also offers technology services like cloud backups and technical support. You can shop for bargains on the Daily Deals section, plus buy gift vouchers. Download Digital Mall for iOS here, Android here and Huawei AppGallery here.

    Get connected with Vodacom Fibre

    For a seamless online shopping experience with no interruptions, you need to best connection available. Check out fibre coverage in your area, and brush up on Vodacom’s latest fibre offers.

    Nafisa Akabor