Are the holidays leaving you more stressed? These SA apps can help

There are numerous apps you can download to help you navigate your way out of holiday stress. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images
There are numerous apps you can download to help you navigate your way out of holiday stress. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

There are still a few weeks of holidays left and it’s all meant to be about relaxing, recharging, having fun, and reconnecting with loved ones.

But whether it’s making sure the kids are looked after, entertaining visiting family members, or being somewhere you’re not familiar with, there are almost countless ways that it can seem like the holidays are just another minefield of stress, things to remember or worry about.

Of course remembering what the holidays are meant to be about is the only way to make sure you won’t end your holidays feeling like you still need a holiday, but there are a few apps you can download to help you navigate your way out of holiday stress.


It’s a sad fact that safety is always a concern in South Africa. A on-demand mobile response solution using GPS technology, Secura, allows users to connect with the closest armed response vehicle near them for only R49 a month. With this app, enjoying the outdoors or a relaxing break away from your own in-home armed response will be made a little easier this festive season.


Dial Direct’s free Namola app is an essential download. It lets you request emergency help at the touch of a button. A control room is alerted and help is sent immediately.

It’s quicker than the SA Police Service getting to you.

It’s available for Android and iOS, but if you don’t have a smartphone or in case of a dead battery, try Namola Plus, a physical panic tracker button that also alerts private medical care and armed response companies.

It has built-in GPS and GSM for communication with emergency response staff.


This is another free emergency app with Medpages, Netcare 911, Arrive Alive and the SA Private Ambulance and Emergency Services Association as partners.

It offers a panic button for when you don’t know who to call, you don’t know where you are, or you want to notify emergency contacts so they can get to you.

You can get it as an app for Android and iOS, or as a physical panic button.


The seed for SweepSouth was planted when over the holidays Aisha Pandor, SweepSouth co-founder, found herself struggling to find domestic help when her family’s domestic worker went on leave. Whether you’ll be looking for help over this period because your domestic worker is on leave, or maybe you want some extra help after an evening entertaining friends and family, SweepSouth, similar to Uber, allows you to book a vetted and user-rated domestic worker when needed.


Promising delivery within 20 minutes to an hour, the Bottles app describes itself as the fastest, most convenient, and reliable way to order beer, wine, spirits, mixers, and snacks. Currently serving most of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban, and Bloemfontein, this app is ideal for when a trip to the bottle store just isn’t convenient and you still want a little extra tipple for those unplanned braais and get-togethers that make this time of year so special.

Eat Out

The Eat Out Awards are the Oscars for South Africa’s restaurant industry, and the Eat Out guide is the premiere list of restaurants across South Africa, as rated by a panel of 50 food and restaurant industry experts. With the Eat Out app, not only can you see what Eat Out has to say about the eateries wherever you may be enjoying your holiday across the country, you can also reserve yourself a table.

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