Happy 53rd birthday to Game, who is celebrating the occasion by giving customers spending R500 or more the chance to win up to R1m in Game vouchers to spend in store or online. In store, customers will pop a balloon and if a scratch card falls out, will be asked to scratch the card to reveal the voucher amount. Online, the retailer will deploy a balloon widget. Over at SPAR, its popular ‘Win a Car’ promo is back, offering a Special Edition Hyundai Grand i20, linked to the purchase of products from participating brands. In other SPAR news, CEO Mike Bosman has offered assistance to the KZN Department of Education with the National School Nutrition Programme debacle, after its main service provider, Pancia Retail, failed to properly implement the programme for the second term, and subsequently pulled out of the contract at short notice. The programme is meant to deliver food to poverty-stricken pupils in schools, and SPAR had mounted a rival bid to Pancia in the tender process. Bosman has offered the interim services of SPAR’s South Rand, North Rand, Lowveld and Eastern Cape DCs to address the crisis.
Comment: Another instance of private sector initiatives supporting, if not supplanting, the work of government.