Terms & Conditions

  1. Introduction
    1. This website can be accessed at www.themart.co.za, related mobile sites and mobile applications (the “Website”) and is owned and operated by Themart (Proprietary) Limited (“Themart”, “we”, “us” and “our”).
    2. These Website Terms and Conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ordering, sale and delivery of Goods, and the use of the Website.
    3. These Terms and Conditions are binding and enforceable against every person that accesses or uses this Website (“you”, “your” or “user”), including without limitation each user who registers as contemplated below (“registered user”). By using the Website and by clicking on the “Register” button on the Website, as may be applicable, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
    4. The Website enables you to shop online for an extensive range of goods including home and kitchenware, baby and toddler products, electronics, health and beauty products, TV, gaming, books, toys and more (“Goods”).
  2. Important Notice
    1. These Terms and Conditions apply to users who are consumers for purposes of the Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008 (the “CPA”).
    2. These Terms and Conditions contain provisions that appear in similar text and style to this clause and which –
      1. may limit the risk or liability of Themart or a third party; and/or
      2. may create risk or liability for the user; and/or
      3. may compel the user to indemnify Themart or a third party; and/or
      4. serves as an acknowledgement, by the user, of a fact.
    3. Your attention is drawn to these Terms and Conditions because they are important and should be carefully noted.
    4. If there is any provision in these Terms and Conditions that you do not understand, it is your responsibility to ask Themart to explain it to you before you accept the Terms and Conditions or continue using the Website.
    5. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions is intended or must be understood to unlawfully restrict, limit or avoid any right or obligation, as the case may be, created for either you or Themart in terms of the CPA.
    6. Themart permits the use of this Website subject to the Terms and Conditions. By using this Website in any way, you shall be deemed to have accepted all the Terms and Conditions unconditionally. You must not use this Website if you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  3. Returns
    1. Please refer to our Returns Policy for more information about returning products (and related refunds, replacements or repairs).  The Returns Policy is incorporated by reference (which means that it forms part of these Terms and Conditions).
  4. Registration and use of the website
    1. Only registered users may order Goods on the Website.
    2. To register as a user, you must provide n email address (“username“) and password and provide certain information and personal details to Themart. You will need to use your unique username and password to access the Website in order to purchase Goods.
    3. You agree and warrant that your username and password shall:
      1. be used for personal use only; and
      2. not be disclosed by you to any third party.
    4. For security purposes you agree to enter the correct username and password whenever ordering Goods, failing which you will be denied access.
    5. You agree that, once the correct username and password relating to your account have been entered, irrespective of whether the use of the username and password is unauthorised or fraudulent, you will be liable for payment of such order, save where the order is cancelled by you in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
    6. You agree to notify Themart immediately upon becoming aware of or reasonably suspecting any unauthorised access to or use of your username and password and to take steps to mitigate any resultant loss or harm.
    7. By using the Website you warrant that you are 18 (eighteen) years of age or older and of full legal capacity. If you are under the age of 18 (eighteen) or if you are not legally permitted to enter into a binding agreement, then you may use the Website only with the involvement and supervision of your parent or legal guardian. If your parent or legal guardian supervises you and gives his/her consent, then such person agrees to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to be liable and responsible for you and all your obligations under these Terms and Conditions.
    8. You agree that you will not in any way use any device, software or other instrument to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website. In addition, you agree that you will not in any way use any robot, spider, other automatic device, or manual process to monitor, copy, distribute or modify the Website or the information contained herein, without the prior written consent from an authorised Themart representative (such consent is deemed given for standard search engine technology employed by Internet search websites to direct Internet users to this Website).
    9. You may not use the Website to distribute material which is defamatory, offensive, contains or amounts to hate speech or is otherwise unlawful.
    10. You may not in any way display, publish, copy, print, post or otherwise use the Website and/or the information contained therein without the express prior written consent of an authorised Themart representative.
  5. Conclusion of sales and availability of stock
    1. Registered users may place orders for Goods, which Themart may accept or reject. Whether or not Themart accepts an order depends on the availability of Goods, correctness of the information relating to the Goods (including without limitation the price) and receipt of payment or payment authorisation by Themart for the Goods.
    2. NOTE: Themart will indicate the acceptance of your order by delivering the Goods to you or allowing you to collect them, and only at that point will an agreement of sale between you and Themart come into effect (the “Sale”). This is regardless of any communication from Themart stating that your order or payment has been confirmed. Themart will indicate the rejection of your order (by Themart itself) by cancelling it and, as soon as possible thereafter, refunding you for any amount already paid.
    3. Prior to delivery or your collection of the Goods, you may cancel an order at any time provided you do so before receiving a dispatch or delivery notice. After delivery or your collection of the Goods, you may return the Goods only in accordance with the Returns Policy.
    4. Any order of a television will be subject to the condition that we obtain from you your valid TV licence number and your account holder ID. If we do not receive your TV licence number and your account holder ID, or your TV licence number cannot be validated, we will not be able to ship the television to you.
    5. Placing Goods in a wishlist or shopping basket without completing the purchase cycle does not constitute an order for such Goods, and as such, Goods may be removed from the shopping basket  if stock is no longer available or the price thereof might change without notice to you. You cannot hold Themart liable if such Goods are not available or are not available at the particular price when you complete or attempt to complete the purchase cycle at a later stage.
    6. You acknowledge that stock of all Goods on offer is limited and that pricing may change at any time without notice to you. In the case of Goods for sale by Themart, Themart will take all reasonable efforts to monitor stock levels and ensure that when stock is no longer available, that offers thereof are discontinued on the Website. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of stock. When Goods are no longer available after you have placed an order, Themart will notify you and you will be entitled to a refund of any amount already paid by you for such Goods. 
    7. Certain Goods may not be purchased for resale. Should we suspect that any such Goods are being purchased for sale, we are entitled to cancel your order immediately on notice to you.
    8. Please see details relating to Pre-orders in our FAQ’s: Pre-Order, which are incorporated by reference.
  6. Payment
    1. We are committed to providing secure online payment facilities. All transactions are encrypted using appropriate encryption technology.
    2. Payment for the Goods can be made via –
      1. Debit Card;
      2. Credit Card: where payment is made by credit card, we may require additional information in order to authorise and/or verify the validity of payment. In such cases we are entitled to withhold delivery until such time as the additional information is received by us and authorisation is obtained by us for the amounts. If we do not receive authorisation your order for the Goods will be cancelled. You warrant that you are fully authorised to use the credit card supplied for purposes of paying the Goods. You also warrant that your credit card has sufficient available funds to cover all the costs incurred as a result of the services used on the Website;
      3. Direct bank deposit or electronic funds transfer: if you pay via direct bank deposit or electronic funds transfer, payment must be made within 5 (five) days of placing your order. Themart will not accept your order if payment has not been received;
      4. Instant EFT;
      5. I-Pay;
      6. SnapScan;
      7. Bitcoin;
      8. Visa Checkout;
      9. MasterPass;
      10. Themart Vouchers;
      11. Zapper; and
      12. Mobicred.
    3. The above payment options are explained in more detail in our Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”): Payment, which are incorporated by reference.
    4. You may contact us via our Help Center to obtain a full record of your payment. We will also send you email communications about your order and payment.
    5. Once you have selected your payment method (except for direct bank deposit), you will be directed to a link to a secure site for payment of the applicable purchase price for the Goods.
  7. Lay-By
  8. Delivery of goods
    1. Themart offers 2 (two) methods of delivery of Goods to you. You may elect delivery via:
      1. courier; or
      2. pargo points.
    2. For more information about delivery, please see our FAQs: Shipping and Delivery, which are incorporated into these Terms by reference. Our delivery charges are subject to change at any time, without prior notice to you, so please check the FAQs for the most up-to-date information. You will see the applicable delivery charges in your cart when you check out.
    3. Where it accepts your order, Themart will deliver the Goods to you as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than 30 (thirty) days of receipt of your payment (“Delivery Period”). We will notify you if we are unable to deliver the Goods during the Delivery Period. You may then, within 7 (seven) days of receiving such notification elect whether or not to cancel your order for the Goods. If you elect to cancel your order, we will reimburse you for the purchase price.
    4. Themart’s obligation to deliver a product to you is fulfilled when we deliver the product to the physical address nominated by you for delivery of the order. Themart is not responsible for any loss or unauthorised use of a product, after it has delivered the product to the physical address nominated by you.
  9. Errors
    1. We shall take all reasonable efforts to accurately reflect the description, availability, purchase price and delivery charges of Goods on the Website. However, should there be any errors of whatsoever nature on the Website (which are not due to our gross negligence), we shall not be liable for any loss, claim or expense relating to a transaction based on any error, save – in the case of any incorrect purchase price – to the extent of refunding you for any amount already paid, or otherwise as set out in the Returns Policy. 
    2. Themart shall not be bound by any incorrect information regarding our Goods displayed on any third party websites.
  10. Gift Vouchers & Coupons
    1. Themart may from time to time make physical or electronic gift vouchers (“Gift Vouchers”) and promotional coupons or discounts (“Coupons”) available for use on the Website towards the purchase of Themart Goods. Gift Vouchers and Coupons can only be redeemed while they are valid and their expiry dates cannot be extended. More specifically:
    2. Gift Vouchers
      1. Gift Vouchers that are purchased by registered users are valid for 3 years after Sale. Gift Vouchers that Themart gives away for free are valid for the period stated thereon. In each case, if your Voucher has not been used within that period, it will expire.
      2. Gift Vouchers cannot be used to buy other Gift Vouchers or Coupons. They do not accrue interest and are not refundable for cash once purchased. If your Gift Voucher value is insufficient for the order you wish to place, you may make up the difference by paying via one of our other payment methods.
      3. Themart is not responsible for any harm due to the loss, unauthorised use or unauthorised distribution of a Gift Voucher, after it has delivered the Gift Voucher to you or the email address nominated by you.
    3. Coupons
      1. There are two types of Coupons; a Coupon with a fixed amount of a discount, e.g. R100 off (“Fixed Coupon“), and a Coupon with a percentage discount, e.g. 10% off (“Percentage Coupon“).
      2. Coupons are issued in Themart’s sole discretion and we are entitled at any time to correct, cancel or reject a Coupon for any reason (including without limitation where a Coupon has been distributed in an unauthorised manner). Users do not have a right to Coupons, and Coupons cannot be earned. Coupons are issued under specific terms and conditions regulating when and how they may be used.
      3. As a general rule, and unless specified otherwise on the specific Coupon itself:
        1. each Coupon can only be used once;
        2. only one Coupon can be used per order;
        3. only one Coupon can be used on the Website per person per promotion/campaign;
        4. Percentage Coupons may only be redeemed on purchases with a total cart value of less than R5,000;
        5. where a Percentage Coupon has been used and you wish to cancel any items in the order prior to making payment, the entire order must be cancelled. You will be issued with a new Percentage Coupon and will need to place the order again, without the item that you wished to cancel;
        6. a Coupon must be used at check-out – it cannot be used later on existing orders; and
        7. the value of the Coupon will be set off against the value of your shopping basket and the balance remaining, if any, will be payable by you.
      4. Coupons cannot be used to buy Gift Vouchers or other Coupons, and cannot be exchanged or refunded for cash or credit. Themart is not responsible for any harm due to the loss, unauthorised use or distribution of a Coupon.
      5. If for any reason a Coupon does not reflect on the final amount due from you at check-out, you can contact us here to confirm if the Coupon is still valid.  If Themart confirms that the Coupon is still valid and you have already placed your order, you can choose whether to cancel the order and place it again with the Coupon, or you can use the Coupon on your next order within the limitations of the specific Coupon’s terms and conditions.
      6. You may be required to submit the original communication containing the Coupon code, and any other information reasonably requested by Themart, before you are able to use a Coupon.
      7. Click here for instructions on how to use/redeem a promotional coupon.
  11. Privacy policy
    1. Please refer to our Returns Policy for more information about returning products (and related refunds, replacements or repairs).  The Returns Policy is incorporated by reference (which means that it forms part of these Terms and Conditions).
  12. Changes to these Terms and Conditions
    1. Themart may, in its sole discretion, change any of these Terms and Conditions at any time. It is your responsibility to regularly check these Terms and Conditions and make sure that you are satisfied with the changes. Should you not be satisfied, you must not place any further orders on, or in any other way use, the Website.
    2. Any such change will only apply to your use of this Website after the change is displayed on the Website. If you use the Website after such amended Terms and Conditions have been displayed on the Website, you will be deemed to have accepted such changes.
  13. Electronic communications
    1. When you visit the Website or send emails to us, you consent to receiving communications from us or any of our divisions or partners electronically in accordance with our privacy policy as set out in clause 14 above.
  14. Ownership and copyright
    1. The contents of the Website, including any material, information, data, software, icons, text, graphics, lay-outs, images, sound clips, advertisements, video clips, trade names, logos, trade-marks, designs and service marks which are displayed on or incorporated in this Website (“Website Content”) are protected by law, including but not limited to copyright and trade mark law. The Website Content is the property of Themart, its advertisers and/or sponsors and/or is licensed to Themart.
    2. You will not acquire any right, title or interest in or to the Website or the Website Content.
    3. Any use, distribution or reproduction of the Website Content is prohibited unless expressly authorised in terms of these Terms and Conditions or otherwise provided for in law. To obtain permissions for the commercial use of any Website Content contact us via our Help page.
    4. Where any of the Website Content has been licensed to Themart or belongs to any third party, your rights of use will also be subject to any terms and conditions which that licensor or third party imposes from time to time and you agree to comply with such third party terms and conditions.
  15. Disclaimer
    1. Please refer to our Returns Policy for more information about returning products (and related refunds, replacements or repairs).  The Returns Policy is incorporated by reference (which means that it forms part of these Terms and Conditions).
  16. Linking to third party websites
    1. This Website may contain links or references to other websites (“Third Party Websites”) which are outside of our control, including those of advertisers. These Terms and Conditions do not apply to those Third Party Websites and Themart is not responsible for the practices and/or privacy policies of those Third Party Websites or the “cookies” that those sites may use.
    2. Notwithstanding the fact that the Website may refer to or provide links to Third Party Websites, your use of such Third Party Websites is entirely at your own risk and we are not responsible for any loss, expense, claim or damage, whether direct, indirect or consequential, arising from your use of such Third Party Websites or your reliance on any information contained thereon.
  17. Limitation of liability
    1. Themart cannot be held liable for any inaccurate information published on the Website and/or any incorrect prices displayed on the Website, save where such liability arises from the gross negligence or wilful misconduct of Themart, its employees, agents or authorised representatives. You are encouraged to contact us to report any possible malfunctions or errors by way of our Help page.
    2. THEMART SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS OR DAMAGES WHICH MIGHT ARISE FROM YOUR USE OF, OR RELIANCE UPON, THE WEBSITE OR THE CONTENT CONTAINED IN THE WEBSITE; OR YOUR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE, AND/OR UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY ON THE WEBSITE AND/OR ANY LINKED THIRD PARTY WEBSITE.
    3. YOU HEREBY INDEMNIFY THEMART AGAINST ANY LOSS, CLAIM OR DAMAGE WHICH MAY BE SUFFERED BY YOURSELF OR ANY THIRD PARTY ARISING IN ANY WAY FROM YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND/OR ANY LINKED THIRD PARTY WEBSITE.
  18. Availability and termination
    1. We will use reasonable endeavours to maintain the availability of the Website, except during scheduled maintenance periods, and are entitled to discontinue providing the Website or any part thereof with or without notice to you.
    2. Themart may in its sole discretion terminate, suspend and modify this Website, with or without notice to you. You agree that Themart will not be liable to you in the event that it chooses to suspend, modify or terminate this Website other than for processing any orders made by you prior to such time, to the extent possible.
    3. If you fail to comply with your obligations under these Terms and Conditions, including any incident involving payment of the price of an order for any Goods, this may (in our sole discretion with or without notice to you) lead to a suspension and/or termination of your access to the Website without any prejudice to any claims for damages or otherwise that we may have against you.
    4. Themart is entitled, for purposes of preventing suspected fraud and/or where it suspects that you are abusing the Website and/or have created multiple user profiles to take advantage of a promotion or Coupon intended by Themart to be used once-off by you, to blacklist you on its database (including suspending or terminating your access to the Website), refuse to accept or process payment on any order, and/or to cancel any order concluded between you and Themart, in whole or in part, on notice to you. Themart shall only be liable to refund monies already paid by you (see Themart’s Returns Policy in this regard), and accepts no other liability which may arise as a result of such blacklisting and/or refusal to process any order.
    5. At any time, you can choose to stop using the Website, with or without notice to Themart.
  19. Governing law and jurisdiction 
    1. These Terms and Conditions and our relationship and/or any dispute arising from or in connection with these Terms and Conditions shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Republic of South Africa. Your continued use of the Website will constitute your consent and submission to the jurisdiction of the South African courts regarding all proceedings, transactions, applications or the like instituted by either party against the other, arising from any of these Terms and Conditions.
    2. In the event of any dispute arising between you and Themart, you hereby consent to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa (Western Cape Division, Cape Town) notwithstanding that the quantum in the action or proceedings may otherwise fall below the monetary jurisdiction of that court.
    3. Nothing in this clause 22 or the Terms and Conditions limits your right to approach any court, tribunal or forum of competent jurisdiction in terms of the CPA.
  20. Complaints
    1. We are a participant under the Consumer Goods and Services Industry Code and are bound by it. An electronic copy of this Code is available at http://www.cgso.org.za/downloads/. If you have a complaint about the goods or services provided by us or require information regarding our internal complaints-handling process, please get in touch with us via our Help page on the Website or you can contact our call centre on 087 362 800.
    2. If we don’t resolve your complaint within 15 (fifteen) business days of you having notified us of it, you are entitled to approach the Consumer Goods and Services Ombud (“CGSO”), to assist in resolving the dispute. The CGSO’s contact details are:  Website: http://www.cgso.org.za/ Sharecall: 0860 000 272 Email: complaints@cgso.org.za
  21. General
    1. Themart may, in its sole discretion, at any time and for any reason and without prior written notice, suspend or terminate the operation of the Website or the user’s right to use the Website or any of its contents subject to us processing any orders then already made by you.
      1. You may not cede, assign or otherwise transfer your rights and obligations in terms of these Terms and Conditions to any third party.
      2. Any failure on the part of you or Themart to enforce any right in terms hereof shall not constitute a waiver of that right.
      3. If any term or condition contained herein is declared invalid, the remaining terms and conditions will remain in full force and effect.
      4. No variation, addition, deletion, or agreed cancellation of the Terms and Conditions will be of any force or effect unless in writing and accepted by or on behalf of the parties hereto.
      5. No indulgence, extension of time, relaxation or latitude which any party (the “grantor”) may show grant or allow to the other (the “grantee”) shall constitute a waiver by the grantor of any of the grantor’s rights and the grantor shall not thereby be prejudiced or stopped from exercising any of its rights against the grantee which may have arisen in the past or which might arise in the future.
      6. These Terms and Conditions contain the whole agreement between you and Themart and no other warranty or undertaking is valid, unless contained in this document between the parties.