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COVID-19 AppDate Pt 6: Going the social distance

In the sixth instalment of his COVID-19 appdate series, SEAN BACHER highlights Udok, Capitec’s hackathon, Nando’s Kerbside service, Kwit, Hola Club Click & Collect, and Facebook’s My Digital World

Nando’s Kerbside service

Nando's - Wikipedia

The Nando’s Kerbside service has now made it easer to order the chain’s grilled chicken meals. The Kerbside functionality is not a new app on its own. Rather, it is accessible through the current Nando’s app, website or call centre. 

Customers place an order as usual, but then enter their car details and select a Nando’s outlet. On arrival, they click on the “I have arrived” button on their smartphone  and staff will bring the order to the car, with the intention of keeping social distancing to a maximum. 

Platform: Android, iOS or any other device with an up-to-date Internet browser

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit for downloading instructions


The number one application to help you quit smoking - Kwit

With the current ban on cigarettes, now may be the best time to quit. However, that may be harder than said for some. To try and help smokers kick their habit, the Kwit app uses Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help fight the side effects of smoking cessation through different strategies to confront a craving.

Once smokers have registered, a dashboard is presented where they fill in the number of cigarettes smoked each day, the cost and the average time taken to smoke a cigarette. 

A diary is then presented that allows one to add an instance every time a cigarette is needed. This eventually adds up, showing the user the money and time saved – and, should the user opt for the premium version of the app – the number of years added to his or her life along with the amount of CO2 saved from their lungs is also displayed

Although the app developers claim to use CBT, the mere fact of adding a cigarette, along with reasons as to why a person wants to smoke at that point in time, is enough to make one forget why one wanted the smoke in the first place.

The app also offers various victories and achievements, much like those that are shown on fitness trackers.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download with the lifetime premium version costing R1 500

Stockists: Visit the Kwit website here for downloading instruction.

Read more on the next page about a safer way to pick up alcohol, and Facebook’s new online safety courses.

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