Pick n Pay has come together with some of South Africa’s top artists to create a special message to encourage calm and responsible shopping during the COVID lock down. The song, “Don’t Panic Buy”, urges shoppers to only buy what they really need.
The song acknowledges that while our daily routines might not be the same, we should not panic buy, and keep love in our hearts. Lyrics include:
“The whole wide world has gone insane
‘Cos suddenly the things we know are not the same
But that doesn’t mean we lose control
‘Cos now’s the time to keep from falling apart
We got to keep love in our heart
Friends don’t let friends panic buy
‘Cos you don’t want to be that guy
Please think of those in need
‘Cos we got a lot of hungry mouths to feed”
Written by Ard Matthews and produced by Theo Crous, the song features top local singers including Lira, DRB singer Madjozi, Kahn Morbee from the Parlotones, Arno Carstens, Karen Zoid, Early B, Jack Parow, Francois van Coke, Loyiso Bala and Zolani from Freshlyground.
“Think about what you really need… please don’t take any more than you need”
Pick n Pay says that consumers should resist the temptation to buy more than they need, and that there is no reason to stock up beyond their normal shopping.
“There is enough food in the supply chain, and we ask customers to support us by not stocking up beyond what they need. Our stores will remain open, safe and well-stocked for our customers during this time so that they can continue to get what they want and need,” says John Bradshaw, retail executive: marketing at Pick n Pay.
Pick n Pay has limited purchases on specific products per customer in store and online to help serve all customers.
“Our staff are working really hard to keep our stores clean and our shelves stocked. We are giving them every support, and ask all our customers to do the same. We are all in this together.”
The “Don’t Panic Buy” song is now live on Pick n Pay’s Facebook and Twitter pages: