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No, South Africa’s Clicks stores not giving away sanitary pads for free

“Girls pads are now free at Clicks and Clinics!” says a viral Facebook post published on 14 November 2020. 

Clicks is a chain of South African pharmacy stores that also sell health, home and beauty supplies. The post claims that the company is giving out free sanitary pads until 2021.

The post has been shared over 368 times since it was first published. Multiple posts making the same claim were published on the same day.

Is Clicks providing sanitary pads for free? We checked.

Clicks running ‘buy three get one free’ promotion

On 14 November Twitter users began sharing the claim.

One user tweeted: “Pads are free at Clicks!! Help a sister out & Spread the word.”

Another user asked Clicks directly: “Are pads really free @Clicks_SA”

On 16 November Clicks refuted the claim on their verified Twitter account

“Hi, Buy any 3 selected pads and you get the cheapest one for free,” the company said.

Although the tweet said that the promotion ended on 18 November, the promotion is still being advertised for selected brands of sanitary pads on their website.

Sanitary pads are not being given away for free at Clicks outlets. The retailer is running a promotional campaign where customers who buy three packs of selected sanitary pads brands can get the cheapest one for free. – Naledi Mashishi


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