Freebies you can get in South Africa. (Mahala, Niks, Nada!)
If you are anything like me, you salivate at the show extreme couponing. I wish we had something like that in South Africa. I would make full use of that. I could use that right about always.
I always thought that there was no such thing as a free lunch in South Africa. In fact, until I started writing this blog, I had no clue that there were free things that you could do and get in South Africa.
Now, I know that’s not really true. There are several free things that you can get in South Africa. If you know where to look. I got your back. Here is a list of freebies that you can get in South Africa.
free things you can get and do in SA
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Mum and Baby Samples
Having a baby is not cheap. You should milk every freebie you can get your hands on. You would be surprised at how good they actually are. Hopefully, this list will help you get your hands on the best mom and baby freebies.
Bennets: I didn’t know that I could get samples but I did use Bennetts because they are the #1 bum cream on the market.
All you have to do mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will send you a sample pack. Shamima Ahmed’ from Niche Market tested this and here’s what she received.
DryNites® absorbent pants: Specially designed for children aged three years and older who wet the bed. By requesting a free sample, you also join the DryNites email support programme run by bedwetting expert, Dr Michael Mol. This 1-year program will give you plenty of information, tips and advice for managing bedwetting.
For more information, visit www.drynites.co.za.
TENA: It’s no secret that moms bladders are under a lot of stress during pregnancy. Tena is the experts on incontinence and offers a full range of absorbent products.
Simply get in touch with TENA for a sample of the products you wish to try.
For more information, visit www.tena.co.za.
Don’t forget to Contact Unilever to find out what samples they have on offer.
Maternity Hospital Programes
If you are giving birth at a private hospital then make use of their FREE maternity programmes.
Mediclinic Baby Programme: Exclusive to parents giving birth at Mediclinic Hospitals, the Mediclinic baby programme gives you access to a load of freebies. Register for this program, and you’ll get a luxury baby bag with everything your baby will need for the first few days. The bag is filled with samples from various suppliers as well. From nappies and wet wipes to bum creams and naval care products. Baby’s first vaccinations for Polio and BCG are also included in the programme.
Netcare Maternity Passport: Netcare’s maternity passport opens the door to leading obstetricians, maternity facilities and technology. The passport offers the following benefits: 4D scan, Netcare baby gift bag, First baby immunisations at the hospital, First baby check-up at two weeks, Netcare 911 registration for 18 months.
The bag contains the Netcare emergency and safety guide dealing with babies and children, various product samples and ample information to assist you on this new journey.
Pharmacy Baby Programes
Dis-Chem Baby Programme
Sign up with the Dis-Chem Baby programme and get a free bag with products. Products may vary, but the bag is usually filled to the brim with products from leading local and international baby brands such as Nuk, Tomee Tippee, Bennetts, Dischem’s Softi & more.
This bag of samples is probably the most accessible to all South African moms, and the products you receive are fantastic! Most of them are essentials you need for your hospital bag.
Samples you can expect to receive in your Dischem bag:
For Mom: Maternity pads, maternity panties, Palmer’s stretch mark cream, hand sanitiser, lip balm, Pigeon breast pad, Centoderm moisturising cream.
For Baby: An assortment of Dischem BabyThings products; wet wipes, nappy bags, shampoo, baby oil, lotion, powder. Bennetts aqueous cream, bum cream and bath drops. Sudocrem Baby care cream, baby earbuds, cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol, Pamper’s premium nappies, Soft baby toothbrush by Teejel, Tommy Tippee Soother, Nuk breast milk storage bottle.
To qualify for the bag all you have to is register for the baby programme, shop at a Dis-Chem store and earn 1275 (about R800) or more Benefit points on your card from the date of registration. Not all products qualify towards baby programmes points, but points can quickly be earned by doing your monthly toiletry shop or even purchasing your preggy vitamins.
Clicks also have a baby programme that offers you great discounts. You can find out more here.
Birthday Meals or Drinks
We all deserve a treat on our birthday, right? There are plenty of birthday freebies and vouchers up for grabs in SA. This is one time of the year that you are justified in eating out to celebrate but wouldn’t that be sweeter if you could spend even less. With this list, you can.
Most only require you to have a loyalty card to qualify.
Go to the Movies
Get a free 2D / 3D ticket at Stir Kinekor on your birthday (can be claimed for up to 7 days after your birthday) This offer excludes brand new releases and IMAX or Cine Prestige.
NuMetro offers birthday surprises to customers that are registered as Nu Metro Scene Club members. This could be anything from a combo to a FREE movie. This depends on the Nu Metro that you will go to and has to be claimed within seven days after your birthday by providing the cinema with your membership card.
Food or Drinks.
Vida e caffè gives you a free cup of coffee on your birthday just because it’s your special day
Join the Starbucks rewards programme and present your card on your birthday to the barista to get one complimentary handcrafted beverage OR food item at any Starbucks store in South Africa. You must redeem your birthday Reward within 30 days after your birthday
Spur: If you have kids under 13 then they will qualify for a free meal off the kids’ menu including a drink and ice cream. All you need to do if join the Family club.
Mike’s Kitchen: This reward programme goes back to when I was a child. As we were a family of 5. It meant that 5 times a year we visited Mikes kitchen for a birthday dinner. According to their website you, Mike’s Kitchen will automatically load a voucher for a specific amount (Currently R75) on your rewards card.
Doppio Zero: On your birthday you get R100 voucher plus if you have a party of 10 or more you get Two bottles of complimentary house wine.
Cape Town Fish Market: Receive an R100 voucher on your birthday that is valid for 30 days from the date of your birthday!. Although most branches are in Cape Town, there are a few scattered across SA.
Strictly for Cape Townians
The Piano Bar: How does Coffee & Ginger Tiramisu sound to you? Mouth-watering! I thought so. You could get a free dessert up to R85 with any dinner or mains on your birthday.
JC Brasserie & Pub: With a party of four you get a free drink and a meal to the value of R80 on your birthday.
If your favourite is not on this list, give them a call and find out! Don’t forget to take your ID to claim any of these offers.
Free Things to do.
At the moment we cant enjoy much but this won’t always be the case. Let’s look ahead to when everything opens up again and we are able to enjoy our gorgeous country again.
This list could end up being extensive so I have chosen 2-3 things in each city that you can enjoy for free. I would always call ahead to find out if things have changed or if they have any events scheduled.
- Johannesburg – Visit the largest transport museum in South Africa, James Hall Museum of Transport. There is free entry.
- Visit the Money Museum: Learn about the history of money, dating back 4 500 years, at the Absa Money Museum in downtown Johannesburg.
- Emmarentia Dam: Explore Emmarentia Dam’s lawns and walkways. Take along a canoe for a paddle or pack something to throw on one of the braais.
- Hartbeespoort: Free cablecar ticket
- Gold Reef City, Johannesburg: Free entrance for a child on their birthday, you may also get a discount if you hold a Tsogo Sun loyalty card
- Japanese Garden: Enjoy the cobbled pathways, bridges that lead to oriental gardens, traditional koi ponds and frog statues. Stop at one of the temples that stand as viewpoints.
- Durban Botanical Gardens: Enjoy the impressive collection of orchids, palms and cycads.
- Durban Natural Science Museum: The collections include one of the five most complete skeletons of the extinct dodo in the world and a 2 300-year-old Egyptian mummy.
- Astronomical Observatory: Take in the night skies on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 20h00, when the South African Astronomical Observatory opens its doors to the public for a 45-minute presentation. If the weather plays along, you’ll be able to view the night sky through various telescopes. T
- Steenberg Vineyards: Enjoy Six Free wines from the Premium and Super Premium ranges in the tasting room. Beautifully decorated with Chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and couches set around fireplaces or overlooking rim-flow pools.
- Table Mountain cableway: Although a return ticket for the Table Mountain cableway usually costs R195, on your birthday it’s free! And remember that putting on your walking shoes and hiking up one of the many trails doesn’t cost a cent.
- Two Oceans Aquarium: Free birthday entrance ticket
Free Review Programmes
I am willing to bet that you thought only bloggers go those tempting products to review. If so, you are totally wrong. Anyone can get free full-sized beauty products, toiletries and makeup by joining review sites.
If you are interested in becoming a blogger in order to get freebies, you need to read my Free step by step Blogging Guide. It may surprise you! Hint: It’s way deeper than freebies.
Some review sites are really data miners and passing your details along to third parties like insurance companies but the chances are slim that you will actually receive a product to test.
However, I have identified two legit program
Home Tester Club: You join the review program and check the available campaigns and fill in the qualifying form. They usually only send products to the target market for the campaign. Makes total sense. It no use reviewing beer if you are not a beer drinker. Once you have qualified they will ship the product to you. You test the product delivered to you, as per the instructions provided. Share a thoughtful, descriptive review with the Home Tester Club community and share your review. Complete a short post-trial survey online about the product.
Beauty Bulletin: Participate in word-of-mouth projects for which you get free products (delivered to your door). In return, you provide honest feedback and get the conversation started. You also get access to our site to upload your own product reviews and photos and to kick-start the discussion.
Pro Tip: When you ordering makeup online, don’t forget to check if you can add in free samples.
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