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Best Deals for Black Friday

From fridges to TVs, retailers are offering huge Black Friday discounts, writes BRYAN TURNER. Here are some of the best deals.



The Xbox gaming console is leading the charge for Black Friday specials, with most retailers cutting the One S and One X by R1900 and R2400, respectively. And both consoles will have 3-month Xbox Live subscriptions included. This massive discount is thanks to Prima Interactive, a distributor of the Xbox in South Africa, offering it as a Black Friday incentive for resellers.

As retailers offer large discounts on vast ranges of products, South Africans are becoming more aware than ever before of the advantages of what has become the biggest shopping day of the year in the USA. Black Friday online sales in South Africa are doubling every year, compared to online retail growing 25% per year, according to the World Wide Worx Online Retail in SA 2019 report.

Any consumer who intends to be part of the frenzy needs to follow one rule: be prepared.

This can make all the difference when shopping malls are crowded and when one wants to be in-and-out of a mall as soon as possible, or get the big digital deal before it disappears. The preparation includes having all the necessary documentation for regulated products, and doing homework on regular prices. Many a retailer, as well as airline ticket sellers, are offering “massive bargains” that are in fact the regular prices.

Takealot recommends making sure that devices are fully charged and have enough data to access and browse Takealot’s website or app, in case of waiting or long browsing time. If one needs credit, be sure to apply for Mobicred by 22 November at the latest.


The mall is busy and, at the front of the line, one finds out that a SIM contract deal needs proof of residence and ID. A TV set needs a TV license. So it is obviously recommended to keep one’s ID, proof of residence and TV license on hand this Black Friday.

What else is needed and where else? Below is a matrix of what bring along when intending to buy certain products:


Proof of Residence

TV License


DSTV Decoder

Gaming Consoles




Mobile Contract


Mobile Phones (without SIMs)







The big deals we have come across are broken down into large outlets, mobile network operators, smaller stores, something different and international options.

Click here to see some of the big deals from large South African outlets

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Netflix to make SA series

The world leader in streaming movies has announced the first South African production to join its Originals roster.



World leader in entertainment streaming services Netflix this week announced its first Original series in Africa, with South African series Queen Sono.

The news comes immediately in the wake of local rival Showmax announcing it’s first original drama production. In this context, it heralds a new phase in the evolution of streaming video-on-demand in South Africa.

The action-packed series follows Queen Sono, the highly trained top spy in a South African agency whose purpose is to better the lives of African citizens. While taking on her most dangerous mission yet, she must also face changing relationships in her personal life. The series will be created by Director, Kagiso Lediga and Executive producer Tamsin Andersson.

South African actress, Pearl Thusi, will star as Queen Sono, with the character having been created with her in mind. Thusi is also known for her performance in the romantic dramedy, Catching Feelings, available on Netflix.

Pearl Thusi stars as Queen Sono in Netflix’s first original series in Africa.

“We are excited to be working with Kagiso and Pearl, to bring the story of Queen Sono to life, and we expect it to be embraced by our South African users and global audiences alike.” said Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Original Series at Netflix.

“We are delighted to create this original series with Netflix, and are super excited by their undeniable ability to take this homegrown South African story to a global audience. We believe Queen Sono will kick the door open for more awesome stories from this part of the world” added the director and executive producer of the series, Kagiso Lediga.

The series is due to start production in 2019.

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Microsoft adds Chrome to Edge

Microsoft is working to build a new version of its Edge browser on the open-source version of Google Chrome, writes BRYAN TURNER.



After 20 years of backing Internet Explorer and its underlying software technologies, Microsoft has chosen to integrate Chromium, the open source version of Google Chrome. This announcement comes just three years after launching Microsoft Edge, the refreshed version of Internet Explorer.

“We intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers,” said Joe Belfiore, corporate VP at Windows, in a blog post on 6 December.

The change affects the back-end elements of the browser that run in the background to make the web pages work for the user. The shift includes scrapping Microsoft’s EdgeHTML rendering engine in favour of Chrome’s Blink.

Utilising the Blink engine will allow Microsoft to support versions of new Edge on Windows 7, 8 and 10, as well as a version for macOS. Belfiore said that the company had also started contributing to the Chromium open source project: “We’ve begun making contributions to the Chromium project to help move browsing forward on new ARM-based Windows devices.”

Microsoft’s move to Chrome has shifted the “browser wars” in favour of Google Chrome, as Opera and Edge will now both be using Chrome’s rendering engine.

“If you’re a Microsoft Edge customer, there is nothing you need to do, as the Microsoft Edge you use today isn’t changing. If you are a web developer, we invite you to join our community by installing preview builds when they’re available and staying current on our testing and contributions.” said Belfiore.

Edge’s project manager, Kyle Alden, confirmed in a Reddit thread that Chrome extensions will be compatible with the new version of Edge. It is expected to launch in a preview build in early 2019.

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