South African pharmacy chain Clicks denies offering free sanitary pads, but is running a promotion
Social media posts shared thousands of times in South Africa claim that health and beauty retailer Clicks is giving away free sanitary pads. The claims are false; the pharmacy explained that while it is running a promotion on sanitary pads, they are not free.
A Facebook post published on November 15, 2020, and shared more than 2,000 times, shows a screenshot of a tweet that reads: “PADS ARE FREE NOW AT CLICKS”, referring to the large pharmacy and beauty retailer in South Africa.
However, the claim is false and appears to have been confused with a store promotion, as Clicks SA explained to individual users on Twitter: customers who purchase three packs of selected sanitary pads get the cheapest one for free.
Hi, Buy any 3 selected pads and you get the cheapest one for free🙂 You can view our promotion online here > https://t.co/xRCnFp34ag or in -stores. Our 3for2 promotion on sanitary pads ends on 18 November.— Clicks (@Clicks_SA) November 16, 2020
Access to affordable sanitary products
However, some strides have been made in South Africa in recent years: VAT taxes were lifted on sanitary pads in the 2020 financial year when the government also allocated R157 million ($10.2 million) towards the provision of sanitary pads for children from low-income households.
South Africa has further budgeted another R652 million in medium-term spending over the next three years to support its national Sanitary Dignity Programme.