A man sells Valentine's Day goods on the side of the road. Picture: Sakhile Ndlazi
SAKHILE NDLAZI

Just when when you thought the day for “lovers” is not celebrated that much anymore, lovers hit the streets running for their last minute presents.
Lovers were seen doing last minute Valentines shopping earlier today. 

Teddy bears, mugs, flowers and cards were flying off the shelves from shops and makeshift stores. 

One particular stall that raked in customers was in Pretoria West, in Rebecca street. Owner of a stall, Rosy Poomsamy, who has been selling Valentines merchandise at the same spot for eight years, said this was her favourite time of the year. She said besides making money, it was very heartwarming to see younger couples buying gifts for their partners. 

“Every year a younger crowd comes to buy flowers, This year 14-year-olds came to buy gifts. It's almost as if we are grooming young gentlemen and ladies,” she joked. 
 
The presents including, human size teddy bears, cards, mugs and artificial flowers ranging from R35 up to R700. She also said that most of her customers were men. “This is the one time that boyfriends and husbands prove their worth,”she said. She spent R15 000 on stock and is anticipating to sell everything out. 

Sammy Marks and Hatfield Square resembled the same scenario. People were seen carrying red and white gifts. Lebo Mogadime said: “It's not a matter how mad my girlfriend is, when i give her a gift on Valentines day she lightens up,” he said.
 
Meanwhile scam artists are ready to prey on lonely hearts looking for love as Valentine’s Day approaches‚ the South African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) said yesterday.

“While the internet houses a large number of dating sites that may well serve their purpose‚ there are many that abound with romance scams‚” it cautioned.

"In South Africa, there has been a significant growth in this type of scam due to the proliferation of social media sites‚ not necessarily those set up for dating‚ fraud prevention service head Manie van Schalkwyk said.

“Scammers typically seek out individuals older than 50‚ either single or in difficult relationships‚ who are looking for romance.