AS IT HAPPENED: Black Friday - Queues, chaos and crashes over cut-price craziness

2016-11-25 15:00

Snaking queues, clamouring crowds, and crashed e-commerce sites were the order of the day as Black Friday fever swept across SA and left tired shoppers in its wake - some triumphant, and some disappointed.

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Takealot, Foschini #BlackFriday websites crash 

Surging visitor demand has crashed the websites of some of South Africa's biggest online retailers on Black Friday. 

One of South Africa’s largest e-commerce websites,, experienced erratic behaviour on Friday morning with the website being down while running its 'Black Friday – Blue Dot Sale'. 

"We are aware of the problem and our technicians are attending to it.  Despite the fact that measures were put in place for the site to withstand at least five times the expected amount of traffic for our Blue Dot Sale, interest in the sale this year has far exceeded our expectations, causing the site to crash," chief marketing officer,  Julie-Anne Walsh told Fin24. 

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WATCH: This is what consumers had to say about Black Friday 

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Snaking queues at Checkers in Brackenfell, Cape Town. 

(Photo Credit: Mindy Fernandez)

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The ultimate Christmas gift guide for little ones 

Are you completely stumped on what could you possibly get a toddler for Christmas? Look no further! This gift guide is a collaboration of fun and educational toys. 

Shopping for little kids can be a nightmare second to none! To make life a little easier, we've put together a gift guide for the little people and it contains some of the top toys for this festive season. 

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It appears that Takealot's website has crashed under the Black Friday demand. 

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10 insane Black Friday deals to shop today! 

W24 has narrowed down their list of THE BEST Black Friday deals to check out.

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#BlackFriday: The top flight specials you need to know about 

Black Friday is MASSIVE and the savings on Travel Deals even BETTER. 

TravelStart, in partnership with Traveller24, are offering amazing flight deals from 25 to 28 November - Search availability for your preferred dates. 

Domestic flights from R199...

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A stampede has reportedly occurred at Checkers Hyper at the Pavilion Mall in Durban. Apparently there have been multiple injuries. 

More to follow. 

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Make a difference instead of braving the queues. 

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