25 January, 2013

Your South African Orange AFCON Shopping Experience Awaits

The AFCON South African end of season retail sale brings fantastic bargains to football fans in malls across the length and breadth of South Africa

Imported furniture, designer clothes, kitchenware, computers, techno gadgets, audiovisual equipment, jewelry …. whatever you are looking for, you will find it in South Africa.

From big, bright air-conditioned shopping malls to street vendors selling home-grown vegetables, you can buy anything and everything in our cities and towns, which each have landmark shopping hubs where all the major retail chains, and many others, are trading.

Edgars, Clicks, Mr Price, Foschini, Stuttafords, Truworths and Woolworths are just some of the retail chains in South Africa that you may be familiar with. In-between are dozens of other globally recognised retailers, including top-end international stores like Zara, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and The Body Shop, and IT brands like Apple and Vodacom.

And then there’s the infinite charm of independent shops and retailers, too. These are smaller business that are big on choice, personalised service and variety in everything from designer baby gear to bathroom accessories; footwear to collectable books; kitchen gadgets to high-end computers and smart phones; and hand-crafted chocolates to diamond, gold and other precious trinkets to adorn yourself with.

All five AFCON host cities offer at least one mall experience, and a chance to shop till you drop, finding excellent bargains along the way.

An added and exciting bonus is the fact that if you come to South Africa for AFCON, you will be in the country during a nationwide end of season retail sale in January 2013 where South African Tourism has formed a partnership with VISA and hundreds of malls across the length and breadth of the country to bring fantastic special offers to all visiting AFCON fans.

In Johannesburg, Sandton City is one of Africa’s leading and most prestigious shopping centres, home to close to 300 leading local and international retailers. This is an energetic hub of Afro-cosmopolitan glamour - international shopping with South African flair. If fashion is your passion, head north of Sandton to Fourways Mall shopping centre, where you’ll find 50 retailers focusing exclusively on fashion. Here is where you’ll find your style.

Budget shopping might be a more pressing agenda, and again there are dozens of shopping centres to choose from in each host city, most notably the Oriental Plaza and China Mall close to the Johannesburg city centre, and the Victoria Street market in Durban.

In Durban are two distinctive malls, Gateway, which is the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere, and The Pavillion, each home to hundreds of retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios to jewelry, leather goods and audiovisual equipment.

In Port Elizabeth, the economic hub of the Eastern Cape, is the one kilometer Greenacres Mall, which is currently undergoing a US$48 million facelift to get it looking its best 9and being its most efficient) in time for the AFCON crowds. In Nelspruit, meanwhile, is the Riverside Mall, Mpumalanga’s premier shopping centre, as well as the newer I’langa Mall, with direct access off the N4 highway.

In Rustenburg is the Waterfall Mall, with 133 shops selling just as diverse an array of products as its bigger counterparts.

So wherever you travel to support your team, South Africa invites you to indulge in some retail therapy, and take home some excellent value-for-money purchases to add convenience and sparkle to life after the tournament.

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