Checkers Xtra Savings most popular loyalty scheme among South Africans

By our African Marketing Confederation News Team | 2024

Supermarket group comes in ahead of retail chain Clicks by the tiniest of margins, latest loyalty whitepaper finds.

The Checkers Xtra Savings loyalty programme takes first place as the most used loyalty programme by economically active South African consumers. It is marginally ahead of the Clicks ClubCard.


This is according to the recently released 2023/4 Truth & BrandMapp Loyalty Whitepaper, an annual snapshot of the loyalty habits of over 35,000 South African adults. 

Photo credit: Shoprite



Checkers is a national supermarket chain owned by Shoprite Holdings. Clicks is a health, beauty and wellness retailer, as well as a pharmacy chain. 


In the latest whitepaper, Checkers Xtra Savings beats the Clicks ClubCard by only 0.4% in the popularity stakes. ClubCard had the title of most used loyalty programme in four out of the previous seven studies. 


Benefits most enjoyed by consumers 


What is it that SA consumers most want in a loyalty programme? “Over the years, we have seen that cashback is consumers number one loyalty benefit and the 2023/4 study is not very different,” the research team says. 


“The top three benefits are related to cashback or points converted into cash. Interestingly, when it comes to the most preferred benefit for mass market consumers, it is airtime and data, followed by cashback and points converted into cash.” 


Fuel is an industry to watch 


Fuel is one industry sector which has seen an explosion of loyalty programmes in the past 24 months.  


Legislation restricts the direct discounting of fuel in South Africa, hence the partnership model enables fuel brands to drive potential increased sales via partnership programmes.  


According to the study, the biggest of these is Engen, in partnership with FNB eBucks and Clicks ClubCard. But all fuel brands now use the partnership model to attract and retain customers. 


You can view the full ‘2023/4 Truth & BrandMapp Loyalty Whitepaper’ here. 

Dr Kin Kariisa

Group CEO - Next Media

Dr. Kin Kariisa is an extraordinary force at the helm of Next Media Services, a conglomerate encompassing NBS TV, Nile Post, Sanyuka TV, Next Radio, Salam TV, Next Communication, Next Productions, and an array of other influential enterprises. His dynamic role as Chief Executive Officer exemplifies his unwavering commitment to shaping media, business, and community landscapes.
With an esteemed academic journey, Dr. Kariisa’s accolades include an Honorary PhD in exemplary community service from the United Graduate College inTexas, an MBA from United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Huazong University in China, and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University.
Dr. Kariisa pursued PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. As a dynamic educator, he has shared his expertise as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at both Makerere University and Radboud University.

Dr Kin did his PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radbond University in Nigmegen, Netherlands. He previously served as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and Radbond University in Netherlands.

Dr Kin did his postgraduate courses in Strategic Business Management, Strategic Leadership Communication and Strategies for Leading Successful Change Initiatives at Harvard University, Boston USA.

  • Other current and previous roles played by Dr Kin Kariisa:
  • Lecturer of e-Government and Information Security to graduate students at Makerere University, Kampala and Radbond University in the Netherlands
  • Director of Eco Bank Uganda Limited, one of the largest banks in Africa
  • Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, an umbrella industry association for all Television, Radio and online broadcasters in Uganda.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Nile Hotel International, that owns the leading hotel in Uganda, Kampala Serena Hotel.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Soliton Telmec Uganda, the leading telecom company in Optic fibre business managing over 80% of optic fibre in Uganda.