About Us

Imagine a 
Different World
CNA is a national retail chain focusing on stationery and books. Established in 1896 , CNA has a footprint of 163 stores in South Africa and selected stores in Namibia , Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. We have embarked on a 5 year growth plan focussed on smaller store/shop sizes in convenient locations to better serve the broader South African customer.

We continue with our strategy of being your favourite stationery store. Stationery, our category killer, dominates in our stores with a full spectrum of stationery across scholastic, home office and fashionable on trend items. In addition, there is a renewed focus in our Arts & Crafts ranges with a dramatically improved and increased offer to our customers.

Our secondary strategic focus remains Education. While we currently dominate the market with our study guides, the team is currently working on a comprehensive ECD (Education Child Development) range across the various life and learning stages of children with the involvement of Occupational Therapists and other subject matter experts in the industry.

CNA has been placed in business rescue since the 3rd of June 2021.
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