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Sportswear among big Black Friday favourites

South Africa has only joined this tradition in recent years with many retailers offering discounts.

 The Black Friday madness continues with thousands of South Africans still queuing for one day only specials. Picture: Refilwe Pitjeng/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The black Friday madness continues with thousands of South Africans still queuing for one day only specials.

Many stores are packed to capacity and security guards remain on high alert to ensure there are no incidents as shoppers rush to snatch up products before stores run out of stock.

Black Friday is well known in the United States and it takes place a day after Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas shopping season.

South Africa has only joined this tradition in recent years with many retailers offering discounts.

There were snaking queues outside sports clothing stores in Woodmead as black Friday sales continued.

The Nike Factory Store and the Sportsmans Warehouse Store were only allowing a handful of people in at a time.

The queues started at the entrance of the retail park, just off the main road going all the way into the parking lot and outside the store.

Cars were seen continuing to make their way into the retail park.

At many supermarkets in Joburg, toilet paper and nappies are the hot items to buy, but it seems sneakers and sports goods are on the people's wish lists as well.

WATCH: Toilet paper deal takes over #BlackFriday

BLACK FRIDAY IN CAPE TOWN

The Nike factory shop at Access Park in Kuils River was running a queue from the early hours of Friday morning.

Extra security was deployed outside the business to ensure that only a certain number of customers could enter at a time.

Many could be seen standing with bottled water and ice cream as they waited for hours to enter the shop and get their hands on some Black Friday deals.

This woman travelled from Paarl and had already been in the queue for two hours when she spoke to Eyewitness News.“Every year [on Black Friday] we come to Access Park for bargains and Christmas clothes for the kids, so it’s worth it at the end of the day to stand in a long line.”

Another customer who stood further down in the same line says she's not bothered by the queues.

“I normally take the day off on every Black Friday to shop.”

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