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If you’ve spent any time online during the last week, which I know you have because what else is there to do in quarantine really, you’ve probably seen the cry for help from several small businesses. Having people in quarantine means having fewer people visit these local shops and subsequently their stream of revenue has been cut off. In true South African spirit, several of them have come up with new, innovative – and most importantly, safe – ways for you to support local while the country goes in lockdown. We’ve therefore put together a list of businesses you can support during these times.

Most of them are situated in the Cape Winelands area, but if you know of any in your part of the world, do let us know!

Pasta Rapido and Huiskos by Bertus Basson

Local celebrity chef, Bertus Basson, has decided to use this opportunity to launch his pasta takeaway service. You can either phone his tapas eatery on Dorp Street, Spek en Bone, to order or just head to UberEats where they’ll also be listed. The menu will include pesto pasta, bacon and mushroom alfredo, arrabiata and more.

He is also doing “huiskos”, where the meal this week is bobotie. You can either WhatsApp or mail your order (including how many people you are and your delivery address) and they will send you a payment link. You can also pick up your order at his restaurant, Eike, in Dorp Street.


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Kos is op die tafel!

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Eten Health

The brand new health bar, Eten, in DeWet Square in Stellenbosch, barely opened their doors just to find themselves confronted with the Covid-19 crisis. They quickly re-aligned and by Friday, 20 March, they’ve announced the launch of their online ordering system, where you’ll be able to order healthy lunches a day ahead to be delivered in Stellenbosch CBD.

*Update: They’ll be announcing the extent of their online offering during the week starting 23 March


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Blos Bakery

Earlier this week, Blos Bakery shared the unfortunate cancellation of several of their bridal orders. They are now offering a 10% discount on all orders placed between 18 and 30 March 2020, for delivery up until 31 August 2020. All of this in an effort to be able to keep paying their staff. No matter how small the order, they’d appreciate the support and nothing says quarantine fun like a slice of cake.

Drum Loud Food

Locals in Stellenbosch are no stranger to the affordable, and delicious, pasta offerings at Drum Loud Food in Dorp Street. The Du Toit brothers have announced that they will be complying with recent regulations by reducing the number of patrons to 30 and to provide a take-away option. You are able to order pasta, gnocchi, or fish and chips for R85 and pick up after 4pm from the restaurant.

All Things Good Cafe

The 9Lives team might be some of this cafe’s best supporters. We are in love with their bagels and salads and already miss them dearly. During this time, they are enabling Stellenboschers to order from them via a dedicated WhatsApp line, whereafter you can just swing by the cafe to pick it up. Best part? You can get your coffee fix as well!


All Things Good’s next door neighbour, Meraki, have also started creating home-cooked meals available for delivery in the Stellenbosch area via email or WhatsApp. The meals are priced at R70 each which serves 1 to 2, and the menu includes favourites such as chicken and mushroom pie, macaroni and cheese, and beef tomato stew.

Sweet Lionheart Cakes

This innovative bakery in Cape Town CBD has taken the idea of social distancing to the next level. They’ve created a range of social distancing cakes, perfect for four to six people – even four to six gluten-free people! You don’t have to eat it all by yourself, you can also send your friends one of these to let them know that you are thinking of them.


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With the current situation of travel and social gathering bans our little business, like so many across the globe and at your door step, has taken quite a knock. In an effort for us to keep baking for you and to give you the opportunity to spread a little love and joy while you might be spending less time with the ones you love, we’ve worked on a range of #socialdistancingcakes. Hand-piped with a nifty little health and hygiene reminder on how to try and stay safe from COVID-19, these cakes are perfect for small gatherings of up to 4 or 6 people. We have a variety of flavour options to choose from and we’re doing some gluten-free ones too! Send a cake to a friend to tell them you’re thinking of them in this crazy-weird time or just to remind them to ‘be wise, sanitize’. ORIGINAL IDEA credit goes to the lovelies over at @butter_and as well as design inspo credit to @lily_vanilli_cake. If you don’t already go give these SME’s a follow and some love! 🖤

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Exclusive Books

I have been forcing myself to read a lot more during this time, while desperately trying to reduce my screen time. Except for being able to order online (with free delivery above R450), you are also able to now phone into your local branch and order a book for free delivery within 20km of the branch. They have also committed to taking their book launches online, encouraging booklovers to join the discussions on their social media platforms.


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Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.’ – Dorothy Day As lovers of books, we know where that food can be found. . . Click, call or come in We encourage you to visit us online –, (free delivery for orders over R450), or phone your favourite local Exclusive Books store – we will deliver for free within a 20 km radius of the store for orders over R450. All store phone numbers are listed on our website. Pop into our stores and have your own trolley dash – we will be trading with all due care of heightened hygiene and diligence. Our booksellers would love to see or hear from you. . . Whilst we have had no choice but to postpone all Exclusive Books book launches and events until further notice, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see your favourite authors discussing their books online. We can only put forward our most important book blurb ever: Keep reading. Read the back of the cereal box, if you must. Read more. Comfort read. Reread the classics. Make your way through the tottering pile next to your bed that never seems to diminish. Binge read. . . Introduce someone close to you to the book that changed your life. Or made you laugh. Or cry. Or helped you grow up… Read fast or read slow. Escape for a while. . . Please share your book-inspired stories, snippets, pictures of the next 30 days and beyond – on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ‘Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.’ Victor Hugo . . Stay well, Exclusive Books

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Meraki jewellery

This jewellery brand has really decided to go the extra mile. Except for the fact that they are offering free delivery nationally, they are also adding a 40% off voucher that can be used towards your next purchase. The idea surrounding this is to be able to gift this to a friend in need of a treat in these challenging times.

Except for innovative delivery and varied product ideas, some local companies have also come up with ways to make self-quarantine a bit easier on South Africans

Yuppiechef Free Cooking Courses

The popular online, as well as brick and mortar, store Yuppiechef is offering a 30-day free access pass to all South Africans. This includes demonstrations by renowned South African chefs like Sarah Grahman, Peter Goffe-Wood and Kamini Pather. These courses also cover a wide range of cooking skills such as baking, French classics, sweet treats and sauces.

Candibod workouts

Instagram personality, Candice Boddington, has released several 30-minute videos on YouTube. These videos are aimed at enabling viewers to have a workout in enclosed spaces, such as an apartment, and best of all is that these routines are free for anyone to view. Most of these exercises are HITT based, which I have found to be the best suited for home exercises.

Know of any other locals with some awesome innovations during this time? Let us know in the comments below!

Also, check out this great article by Marié on how you can support local artist during this time.


Free State-girl, living in Stellenbosch. Love to explore small towns, read in Afrikaans and everything pop-culture. My favourite yoga move is 'The Pigeon' and one day I'd like to own my own vintage cinema.

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