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The ultimate guide to Joburg's best delivery services

05 Aug 2020
The global coronavirus pandemic and South Africa's long-enduring lockdown and completely upended every aspect of local retail, and as more of us consider new ways to get shopping doing online while continuing to support small businesses, dozens of innovative new delivery services have entered the scene.

From fresh fruit and grocery delivery services that support small organic farmers to hot pizzas from your favourite pizzeria, full multi-course meal kits to heat and eat at home, cocktails and craft beer to enjoy at home on-demand (within the prescribed licensing laws of course), and ''click and collect'' services that help you skip the queue at the pharmacy, e-commerce has finally well and truly taken hold in South Africa.

There are now dozens of different services out there which will help you order online everything you could possibly need and get it to delivered straight to your doorstep.

Here's our comprehensive guide to the best delivery services now operating in Joburg.

FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Bryanston Market delivery

Bryanston Market directly sells fruit and vegetables sourced from small local organic farmers based in and around Joburg and in addition to shopping at the market every Thursday and Saturday, you can now also order the best fruit and veg delivered to your home. There's a choice of fresh veggie boxes that you can order, starting from 'small boxes' filled with a selection of six seasonal vegetables (R150) to a large box packed with 12 different vegetables (R300). There's also the Local is Lekker box which includes lots of veggies that are typically used in traditional dishes such as mielies, pumpkin leaves, sweet sorghum, sweet potatoes, jugo beans and calabash.

In addition to fruit and veg you can also bulk up your weekly shop with meat from the Braeside Butchery, fresh milk from Happy Milk and free range eggs from Keto Kitchen as well as Dutch cheeses from Gonedsa, bread from Mrs Breadcare, heat-and-eat ready-made meals from the market's various food stall traders, raw organic honey, vegan products, muesli, African grains like sorghum and teff and lots of pulses and nuts.

How to order: You need to get your order in before 2pm on a Tuesday for a Friday collection or delivery. You can place your orders for the week from Friday. Order online here.
 
A delivery box from Bryanston Market
 

Farm Fresh Online

Farm Fresh is an innovative food delivery small business that has been delivering farm-fresh boxes of the best available fruit and vegetables straight from the market to Joburgers since 2015. As South Africa's lockdown settled in Farm Fresh's box deliveries have increased three-fold, creating new employment opportunities and ensuring more Joburgers have access to the best possible fruit and vegetables 'from farm to tummy'. Farm Fresh's choice of small, medium and large seasonal fruit and veg boxes are packed with the freshest selection of fruits, cooking vegetables and salad, and even the 'small box' will keep you going for a long time!

How to order: Boxes can be ordered online at farmfreshonline.co.za. Deliveries are made on different days depending on what part of the city you live in. See the Farm Fresh website for details.

Ubuntu Project Africa

The Ubuntu Project is a farming project led by The Green Business College that is helping vulnerable families to start their own vegetable gardens during lockdown. To finance the packs needed for those in need to start their own food gardens, Ubuntu Project Africa has launched a fresh produce box delivery service selling the organic veggies from their farms.

For R300 (includes delivery) you can order a healthy veggie box delivery which includes all the veggies you might need for the week such as spinach, cabbage, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, salad, eggs, onions and potatoes. The proceeds from each sale is then used to buy a family in need 30 seedlings, a packet of seeds, and 20 kgs of compost to get started on their kitchen garden guided by the farmers from Ubuntu Project. For an extra R180 you can also sponsor another 30 seedlings, 20kgs of compost and 3 packets of seeds to help a family further expand their garden.

How to order: Order your box here via the Green Business College website. Deliveries in and around Joburg and the Vaal.

GOURMET DELI BOXES AND MEAL KITS

The Forum Kitchen

Leading events and catering company The Forum Company has launched a delicious new gourmet meal service, The Forum KitchenThe Forum Kitchen's impressive menu is packed with freshly prepared meals portioned to feed two or a whole family of four, including family favourites like beef short rib, Moroccan lamb tagine and bread and butter pudding, as well as plant-based and vegetarian dishes that have a special emphasis on immune system boosting. The online store also stocks lots of gourmet pantry essentials as well as wines and spirits, all available for delivery.

How to order: Place your orders for The Forum Kitchen dishes online via the website theforumkitchen.co.za for Tuesday or Friday delivery. Menus change every week to reflect the seasons.  You can also add items from The Forum Kitchen deli to your order such as sourdough bread or homemade granola, as well as wines to enjoy with dinner
 
Heat and eat shepherds pie from The Forum Kitchen

Momo Meal Kits

Joburg's Momo chain of Asian street food restaurants are now delivering meal kits in partnership with Uber Eats. Note that you can only order kits if you are within a normal delivery radius of the Momo &O (Norwood), Momo Soko (Illovo) and Momo Baohaus (Greenside) branches. There are loads of kits to choose from packed with ingredients for signature dishes such as chow mein stir fry, beef gyoza potstickers and Thai coconut curry.

How to order: You can order Momo's meal kits on UberEats

UCook

UCook is an ingenious home delivery service, originally launched in Cape Town and now also available in Joburg, that helps you cook like a five-star chef from the comfort of your own kitchen. With the tagline 'cooking made easy' UCook packages every ingredient you need, together with a recipe from one of their leading chef partners. Meal-kits can be ordered from UCook.co.za and recipes change weekly with UCook collaborating with top five-star chefs to share exciting new recipes that you might ordinarily struggle to get all the ingredients together for. This is the service for those who enjoy gourmet home cooking. Even better yet, UCook has also launched a Food Fund with a portion of the cost of every meal kit being matched and doubled by UCook and donated to FoodForward SA who support feeding schemes for thousands of people across South Africa.

How to order: Check out this week's meal kit menus and order at UCook.co.za
 
Meal kits from UCook

Brik Cafe

Dedicated to healthy living and eating, Rosebank's Brik Cafe has a reputation for meticulously sourcing only the finest organic and sustainable ingredients for their inventive dishes and now they are offering the chance to get these ingredients delivered to your door! The perfect service for those with dietary requirements such as vegans and those who eat gluten-free, boxes are themed according to diets and in addition to fresh fruits, vegetables and bread include homemade goodies from the Brik team such as pickles, jams and yoghurts.

How to order: See the Brik Cafe Instagram page for details of what's in the box this week and send them a DM, whatsapp +27 715093131 or email hello@brikcafe.co.za. Deliveries are made on Wednesdays and Fridays. Order before 09:00 for a same-day delivery. 
Deli box from Brik Cafe

RESTAURANT DELIVERIES

If you don't feel like cooking you can always get a delivery in from your favourite restaurant. In addition to the already well-established apps UberEats and Mr Delivery, a host of new local apps have also entered the scene including: Bolt Food (run by the Bolt ride-hailing service) and the Appetite app.

There's also the FataFat SA app, a new South African 'online concierge' platform which you can use to arrange a collection and delivery from your favourite restaurant as well as pharmacy and supermarket shopping, pet food supplies, gift and book shopping and even laundry delivery and collection, with all requests and payment made through the app.

For cakes, cookies and other sweet treat deliveries many of Joburg's finest patisseries are also now offering delivery services. See our guide to the best places to order a cake delivery online here.

WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS

 
Boutique wines from Publik

During Levels 4 and 5 of lockdown across the country South Africans waited impatiently for the end of restrictions on the sale of alcohol. To plug the major gap for online pre-orders and delivery that was growing ever more lucrative, dozens of online booze platforms blossomed. Note that after briefly reopening, as of July 13 booze deliveries and sales have again been banned, although all the following retailers are still taking pre-orders for deliveries after the restrictions have been lifted.

You can now order online and get an alcohol delivery through local bottle stores and local specialists retailers including:
Norman Goodfellows,
Dry Dock  
Solly Kramers
Cellar Direct,
Whisky Brother,
Frontier Beer (for local craft beers)
Publik (for boutique wines).

One of Rosebank's most popular bars A StreetBar Named Desire has also pivoted into the bottle store business running an exclusively online bottle store called Bottle Drop. There are also a number of new apps out there where you can order beers and wines at the click of a smartphone button. The best and most widely available are Quench app and Bottles app, both also can organise grocery deliveries).

For our comprehensive guide to buying booze online Joburg check out our special feature here.

COCKTAILS

As bars are still not allowed to open to serve alcohol, many of Joburg's best cocktail bars have gone online too and you can now order bottled cocktails as well as neatly prepared mixologist prepared cocktail mixing kits for home delivery, that really make those weekends at home a little more fun. Some recommended services include:

Just Short 

Molecular Bars is a cocktail consultancy that has helped design the cocktail menus at many of Joburg's finest bars and pop-ups. As our long lockdown continues Molecular Bars have launched an ingenious new way for you to enjoy the best cocktails at home - the Just Short series. There are six exquisite Just Short cocktail mixes (priced at R55 each) to choose from - all you need to add is some ice and your favourite spirits and you're good to go! Each Just Short mix is designed to make two cocktails and has been expertly crafted to match with a variety of spirits.
How to order: Order the Just Short collection of cocktail mixes by Molecular Bars online here.
 
Cocktail mixers by Just Short

Sin & Tax

One of South Africa's most acclaimed cocktail bars Sin + Tax in Rosebank has spent lockdown mastering the art of the bottled cocktail. Premixed by Sin+Tax's award-winning mixologists, their 500ml ready to drink bottled cocktails include the Cape Old Fashioned, Afrogroni, Dry Martini and 'Leaf Litter', which is probably the best G&T you'll ever drink. 
How to order: Place your orders online at sintaxbar.com.

FRESH FLOWERS

Petal & Post

Based at Joburg's delightful 44 Stanley centre Petal & Post specialises in e-commerce, heading out every weekday at the crack of dawn to source the day's best available flowers straight from the farm. These flowers are then bunched together into beautiful posey, which is available for same-day delivery (you need to order before 13:00). You can choose from a regular size (R265) or a double posey (R470). There's also an option to subscribe and get a new bunch of flowers sent to you every week, fortnight or once a month, a fantastic and practical way to keep the house in bloom for anybody who is a regular buyer of flowers for the home.

How to order: You can see the day's flower arrangement and order online at petalandpost.co.za. Delivery is free in Johannesburg.
 
Flower delivery from Petal & Post

BOOKS

Bookshops were one of the retail sectors to open earliest during lockdown, having been deemed an 'essential service'. During their downtime at the start of the super-strict Level 5 lockdown many of Joburg's favourite independent bookshops got busy upgrading and creating new online shopping platforms, meaning you can now get books delivered from independent bookshops, in addition to via the market's biggest nationwide book retailer Exclusive Books.

Bridge Books

This friendly downtown book store, situated just around the corner from the entrance to the historic Rand Club (with a second brand in Maboneng), sells new and second-hand books with a focus on works by South African and African writers.

How to order: You can also buy books from the shop directly online through their website bridgebooks.co.za. Delivery costs R50 in Johannesburg and R99 for elsewhere in South Africa.

Love Books

Kate Rogan's Love Books lives up to its name. The selection of books - general fiction and non-fiction as well as a great selection of South African titles - displayed exhibits thoughtful and considered choices, award-winning books, books people are or should be talking about.

How to order: As well as visiting the shop in Melville you can also order books online through the Love Books website lovebooks.co.za. Delivery costs R60 in and around Melville.

SUPERMARKET, PHARMACY AND OTHER GROCERY SHOPPING

South Africa's biggest retailers Checkers, Woolworths, Pick n Pay and Dischem all now have online services that run either on a delivery model or a 'click and collect' model. By far the speediest is the Checkers Sixty60 app where you can order same-day delivery items from the supermarket.

Makro and Game - supermarket retailers who also sell other household items and electronics - also now have online shopping delivery services. South Africa of course does not have Amazon, but we do have our own online retail giant equivalents where you can order and get delivered pretty much anything else you might need. If this is the service you need check out Loot.co.za or Takealot.co.za.

There are also a number of third-party apps you can use to do your supermarket grocery shopping. These are often a preferable option due to their user-friendly apps and websites and the possibility to shop around for good deals. Services to check out include:

Zulzi  

Zulzi is an on-demand delivery platform where you can buy anything around your area and get it delivered to you in less than one hour. Describing themselves as a 'digital mall' through the Zulzi app you can do everything from grocery shopping to get a restaurant delivery and arrange for medications to be delivered. Find out more on the Zulzi website.

OneCart

OneCart allows you to put together a bespoke shopping list from multiple supermarkets and stores to get delivered to your home. Find out more on the OneCart website.

Stulo

Another app speciaising in deliveries from local restaurants and supermarkets, Stulo offers groceries from Checkers, Woolworths, PicknPay and Dischem and deliveres in and around Johannesburg, Midrand and Soweto. Find out more on the Stulo website

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