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Shopping for Food

•   Major supermarket chains (like Checkers or Pick 'n Pay) are set up like American supermarkets.
•   Your groceries are packed for you into plastic bags that you purchase, not in paper.
•   Produce is weighed and tagged for you in the produce section, but paid for at the check-out counter.
•   Purses and other sacks brought into the store are often checked in and not carried through the store (there is usually a counter with cubby-holes where your belongings are kept).
•   Loaves of bread come whole but can be sliced for you at the market.
•   South African supermarkets do not carry the same variety of pre-packaged foods like cake mixes, bisquick or frozen dinners.
•   .You still can buy meat at the butcher, and vegetables and fruits and a greengrocer.

General Tips:

•   Go around in two's or three's -- avoid being alone if you are not sure where you are.
•   Dress modestly, i.e do not draw attention to yourself with your dress or your manners.
•   Shops are open from 9-6 on weekdays, from 9-1 on Saturdays and most shops are closed on Sundays. Sorry, not much late-night shopping, other than at shopping malls.
•   Follow your instincts, e.g. if a place looks like bad news, move on.
•   Electricity 220V, 50Hz. Till 2007 power supply used to be regular. Now (in 2020, power outages occur frequently. Read up about ESKOM (the national power supplier) to see how their restructuring is going.