Bolt, formerly known as Taxify, recently launched its business delivery service that helps small businesses that offer essential services deliver to customer’s doorstep. The COVID-19 epidemic has had a significant effect on business operations. With the national lockdown requiring people to work from home and practice social distancing, it’s been tough, but all is not lost. 

Aside from registering your small business for government assistance, if your activity is permitted to operate during lockdown because you render an essential service or products, Bolt can help you deliver to your customers. 

This service is available or people who are unable to leave their houses and will deliver essentials like food and veterinary products. Bolt will help small businesses who are classified as essential services provide to their customers. The delivery times have to comply with lockdown guidelines – between 05:00 am to 09:00 am and 5.00 pm and 8.00 pm. 

Netflorist and Uber Eats are also offering essentials deliveries across South Africa. From fresh produce to baby items and toiletries, you can order the essentials you need and have them delivered to your door. 

Grocery store trading hours during lockdown are as follows:

Pick n Pay

Monday-Friday: 09:00am – 18:00pm

Saturday: 08:00am – 17:00pm

Sunday: 09:00am – 16:00pm


Monday – Sunday: 7:00am – 18:00pm


Monday-Saturday: 9:00am – 17.00pm

Sunday: 9:00am – 15.00pm

Please note that the times might differ in different regions and if you need an exact time, call your local grocery store to inquire about trading times. 

Dischem and Clicks will operate during the lockdown

The most prominent pharmacy groups in South Africa will run during the lockdown and continue their yearly Flu vaccine drives.