Where have all the Black Friday shoppers gone?

Black Friday is usually a buzzing day with shopping centres filled to the brim with bargain hunters and empty shops, but Black Friday in Hartbeespoort in 2020 is proving to be quite the opposite.

On Friday morning, 27 November, the shopping centres were all strangely quiet, even more so than usual, shopkeepers said, and huge savings were not all that obvious.

“We had more people on Thursday,” a shop attendant told Kormorant. Another said they were ready for a barrage, but none came. “It is all too strange.”

Whether it is tight budgets, fear of the pandemic or just plain Covid-fatigue… Hartbeespoort has never seen a Black Friday like this one in 2020.