Winners 2017 – Best Of Bloemfontein

Winners 2017

Best Jewellery Store – HDL Juweliers

“Ek is baie dankbaar dat die mense van Bloemfontein HDL Juweliers gekies het. Of iemand ’n horlosiebattery, of ’n verloofring koop – almal is vir ons belangrik. Ons reis die hele wêreld deur om unieke produkte na Bloemfontein te bring. Ons werkswinkel doen feitlik enige...

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Best Beauty Mecca/Parlour – Placécol

Best Place to buy Beauty Products Best Nail Bar The award-winning Placécol Skin Care brand was started by Elma Mckenzie, a legend in the beauty industry, in Ermelo South Africa in 1980. Clients visit Placecol Skin Care Clinics to improve the appearance of their skin...

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Best Bridal Supplier – Bride & Co

“I feel that our brand has created a store to which we can offer the client a 1-stop-shop for their entire wedding retinue and special occasions market.  With each and every client/ appointment we try our best to incorporate our vision and mission.  Making each...

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Best Spa – Emoya Spa

“At Emoya Spa we are extremely excited to have won Best of Bloem’s Best Spa award. Our reason for success is three-fold. I believe it’s because of our triangular concept: our service-orientated team of dedicated staff members, the quality products we use, and our unique location...

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Best Shoe Shop -Sandy’s Shoe Box

“Ons glo dat klante vir ons stem omdat ons die grootste verskeidenheid reekse aanhou en weet waarvan hulle hou. Ons lewer ook baie goeie naverkopediens en probeer altyd vriendelik en behulpsaam wees, en staan ons klante by met goeie raad waar ons kan. Ons wil...

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Best Haute Couture Designer – Casper Designer Wear

“It is a great honour and a privilege to be recognised by the community of Bloemfontein and be rewarded in the Best of Bloemfontein category for Best Designer as one of the best service providers in my industry. This is a great platform to recognise...

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Best Exclusive Boutique – Angels Boutique

Best Accessory Shop - Winner: Angels Boutique “Angels Boutique has been your exclusive and unique neighbourhood boutique for the past nine years. Our mission is funky and unique fashion at affordable prices.  Our fashion is imported by ourselves, handpicked just for you.  We’ve added a dash...

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Best Hair Salon – Maison Costa

“For over 60 years Mason Costa has provided a service to the Bloemfontein and the Free State public. Our clients continue to support us because they receive a superior service in well-appointed salons by staff members who are focused on keeping up to date with...

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Best drink to get the party started-Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo is a brand of tequila. It is the best-selling tequila in the world. It originally comes from Mexico and was introduced on 27 May 1795, 222 years ago. With 35%-40% alcohol volume, it is sure to get the party started. Between Tequila Gold...

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Best Cocktail Bar – Wiltshire & White Horse Company

“My son and I were very surprised when we won this award because we actually consider ourselves a gin rather than a cocktail bar. I think the thing that made us win is the fact that this place is a bit off beat and track,...

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Best Neighbourhood Pub – Boudoir Bar

“I think the fact that we’re consistent in providing the best service is a big part of why we have won again this year. We’ve had our doors open for almost 10 years now and we’ve become one of the ‘good, ol’ Bloemies favourites’ and...

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Best Local Band – Jacobus Silwer

“WOW! Ja-nee, ons is nog besig om flikvlakke te maak oor die resultate! Mens moet seker neutrale goed sê, maar tussen jou en ons: die Here weet wat Hy vir mens beplan, en dis sekerlik deel van Sy plan vir ons! Ek dink die mense...

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Best Bottle Store to buy Wine – Pick n Pay

“Pick n Pay is the quintessential family store focused on the customer. We serve with our hearts, we create a great place to be, and with our minds we create an excellent place to shop. We are passionate about our customers and will fight for...

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Best Bottle Store to buy Beer – Delta Bottle Store

“It’s a great feeling isn’t it? We hope you can image how we at Delta Bottle Store feel after winning the award for the 3rd time in a row! It is such a great honour to be recognised by experts in our field, as well...

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Best Asian or Sushi Restaurant – Full House Sushi Bar and Chinese Restaurant

“We have been delivering excellent quality of sushi and Chinese food for the past 10 years and I think we will never stop improving ourselves in order to satisfy our clients. Thank you for voting.” – Lisa Li, owner of Full House Sushi Bar and...

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Best Italian Restaurant – Bella Casa Trattoria

Best Restaurant to go to for a little Romance Winner: Bella Casa Trattoria “Bella Casa offers a relaxed atmosphere where friends and family can share a glass of wine while enjoying a delicious meal. We use the freshest ingredients to ensure a true Italian dining...

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Best Tea Garden – Pretty Gardens Lifestyle Centre

“We are proud and grateful to everyone who voted for us. We pride ourselves in keeping the centre in a clean and relaxing atmosphere. It is a centre for the whole family. We have wonderful restaurants and a play area for the kids. We create...

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Best spot to go for a Pizza – Debonairs Pizza

“We’re delighted with the Best of Bloem award and thank the readers for their choice. Our franchisees have been focused on delivering quality service and great value for consumers who, given the economic depression, are rewarding themselves more often with a delicious Debonairs Pizza, as...

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Best place to find Boerewors for a Braai – Baron’s Meat Company

Best place to buy Biltong Winner: Baron’s Meat Company Best Butcher Winner: Baron’s Meat Company “We think that it must be because our clients are 100% happy with our quality and the unique variety of all our meat products. We are willing to go the...

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Best New Restaurant – Copper and Coal Woodfired Grill

“For Longhorn, we have consistently given our customers good food, especially great steaks and exceptional service for the past five years, whereas for Copper and Coal, we believe that we won the Best New Restaurant award because we focused on bringing something different to Bloem,...

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Best Steak Restaurant – Longhorn Grill Steakhouse

“For Longhorn, we have consistently given our customers good food, especially great steaks and exceptional service for the past five years, whereas for Copper and Coal, we believe that we won the Best New Restaurant award because we focused on bringing something different to Bloem,...

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Best Neighbourhood Restaurant – LEjiT Lekker Restaurant

“Firstly, on behalf of everyone at LEjiT Lekker Restaurant, I would like to thank everyone who has helped make this journey so rich and rewarding. We will forever be grateful to all our wonderful guests whom we have had the pleasure of meeting over the...

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Best Spoil yourself Restaurant – New York Restaurant

“This well-known and very popular restaurant was established in 1989. Since then New York Restaurant has brought many friends and family together, treating their guests to a fine dine and exquisite cuisine. With its classy and elegant décor to set a warm atmosphere and a...

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Best Seafood Restaurant – Ocean Basket

“The ethos of serving every single customer with love and passion by Liza Lazarides is still re-iterated in all the crew training. With over 201 restaurants in 16 countries around the globe, from Dubai to Durban, Nelspruit to Nigeria, you’ll find people who share a...

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Best Supermarket for all your essentials – Pick n Pay

Also winner of 'Best Place to buy chocolate' “Pick n Pay is the quintessential family store focused on the customer. We serve with our hearts, we create a great place to be, and with our minds we create an excellent place to shop. We are...

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Best Fish & Chips Shop – Fishaways

“There’s no doubt that today’s take-away consumer is actively looking for healthier alternatives. Fishaways offers them a wide range of delicious seafood meals that have proven to be exceptionally popular. In fact, we’re gaining ground all the time and are one of the fastest growing...

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Best Food and Art Market – Langenhovenpark Boeremark

“Langenhovenpark Boeremark is meer as net ’n plek om inkopies te doen. Dit is ’n instelling. Dit is al 25 jaar lank die plek om elke Saterdag te gaan kuier. Dit is ’n plek waar jy vriende maak. Waar jy bietjie kan afskakel terwyl jy...

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Best Burger & Chips / Best Take-Away Shop – Steers

“Steers is South Africa’s leading burger brand and has served South Africans its legendary 100% pure beef, flame-grilled burgers and freshly cut chips for almost 60 years. Steers’ success is due in part to its extensive network of over 560 local restaurants, its growing African...

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Best spot to head to for brunch – Euro Caffe

“This award serves as a testament to our commitment to providing something for everyone when it comes to our brunch offerings. We have literally everything from hot and cold buffets to fruit salads. We also cater for large group bookings and I suppose the fact...

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Best place to buy fresh produce – Johnny’s Fruit Market

“We provide the best service possible to our customers. Many of our customers we know by name and it also helps that I rarely ever change staff and so even the people who work here, have a relationship with the customers. It is not just...

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Best Computer/Electronics Store – Incredible CONNECTION

“Incredible Connection has done it once again. It was the category winner last year and this year again, remaining the undisputed champions of this award. The store, which is at the Loch Logan Waterfront Mall, is among one of the mall’s longest serving retail stores...

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Best Network – MTN

The giant network was voted the best network provider by this year’s voters. While the network has several offices around the Rose City, the regional office is situated in Nelson Mandela Drive in Westdene. Apart from providing mobile phone users with network, the service provider...

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Best Car Service/Accessories – ColorGlo

“This is our first time winning the award. I would like to think the voters chose us as we continuously strive to provide service. As a team, we’re delighted to see the public has confidence in our abilities and commitment to providing quality service,” said...

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Best Petshop – Crazy Pets

“Thank you so much to all our customers and everyone that voted for us. We are very excited to have won three years in a row! Our staff are dedicated to helping each customer to the best of their ability and are very knowledgeable in...

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Best Travel Partner/Tour Operator/Booking Site – AA Travel

“AA`s Travel Services Division can assist you with your travel information, route planning, travel documents, maps and guides, local and international car rental, as well as local and international travel insurance. These services are available online or at one of the AA`s Accredited Sales Agent...

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Best Shopping Mall – Loch Logan Waterfront

Also Winner in the Best Shopping Centre/Lifesyle Centre “You know, I think the proximity of the Waterfront to everything in the city is an advantage to shoppers. We have a wide variety of stores, ranging from school clothes to high end, expensive shoes. The beauty...

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Best Garden Centre – Pretty Gardens Kwekery

“We are extremely proud to receive the award for Best Garden Centre again this year. Receiving an award that is voted for by our customers not only gives us extra confidence in what we do, but also encourages us to keep our standards as high...

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Best Car Dealership in Bloem (New Car Dealership) – Kia Bloemfontein

“Winning this award 2 years in a row is very special for us at Kia Motors Bloemfontein as this illustrates that our passion for our customers is working for us. When it comes down to why we won, I think it’s because our sales and...

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Best Book Shop – Exclusive Books

“We feel very privileged to win this award for yet another year. We are very grateful for all our customers’ loyal support. Without them, we won’t have a business to run. I believe we won because we are passionate about what we do. We pride...

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Best Sporting Goods Store – Mr Price Sport

“Dit is die eerste keer dat ek betrokke is, so ek is taamlik verras. Ek glo die publiek het vir ons gestem omdat ons pryse so goed is, en ons het beslis goeie kwaliteit klere, skoene en sportbenodigdhede. Ons .diens is ook vir seker iets...

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Best Home and Bathroom Decór – Mr Price Home

“We didn’t win last year and this has led us looking at what we were doing wrong. Since then, we’ve included in our range more fashionable and trendy items that will appeal to our markets. I also think that the value we offer customers is...

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Best Home Appliances Store Winner – @Home

“Getting the news that we were the award winners for this category was great because we were the winners in 2013, 2014 and 2015. It was only last year that we did not win but I believe the fact that we won again this year,...

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Best Outdoor/Camping – Cape Union Mart

“Well, the first thing that we at Cape Union Mart strive for is great service and innovative products. We’re always looking for ways to provide the best service while providing our customers with new products which we bring to the market – which I suppose...

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Best Car Dealership in Bloem Used – Lindsay Saker Bloemfontein

“Winning the award has made us very happy and we’re extremely proud of everyone who chipped in to make this possible. I must really say that it came as a surprise. We did not at all expect to win but it’s great that we’ve won....

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Best Online Shopping Site – Woolworths

"Woolworths offers a wide range of products from its trusted brand which has gained a special place in the hearts of South Africans everywhere. On its online store, customers can easily purchase trusted Woolies products ranging from food, clothing, homeware and even gifts and gift...

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Best Hardware Store – Kloppers

Also winner in the category: Life's little luxuries “Eerstens baie dankie aan die mense van Bloemfontein wat ons so wonderlik ondersteun. Ons glo dat ons wenresep oor die jare steeds is om die beste pryse te bied en die beste diens en naverkopediens aan die...

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Best Packaging – Pack And Go Packaging

“We’re very happy with winning the award, especially considering that we’ve won numerous times. This is our fourth award now. I think it proves that we have a great relationship with the public and our clients. Our doors have been open for four years now...

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Best Store for Kids’ Clothes – Cotton On Kids

“To ‘Cotton On’ to something means to understand or discover the potential of a great idea. As a group, we’ve always believed in big ideas matched with a fierce will to bring them to life. In 25 years, the Cotton On Group has grown to...

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Best Place to have a Party for Children – Pretty Gardens Lifestyle Centre

“Pretty Gardens has always been a household name in Bloemfontein. Our main objective is to make a family feel at home at Pretty Gardens. We have done upgrades to our play area and kids can come and enjoy a fun-filled day with their parents. It...

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Best Shop to buy Kids’ Toys – ToyZone

“Being a Specialist MegaStore, we stock everything imaginable for children of all ages, including products to educate, entertain and enthrall. Our stores have the widest range of Barbie, Lego and HotWheels products, meaning there’s plenty of fun to be had. We strive to give our...

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Best shop for Pregnant Mommies – Baby Boom

“I think the reason shoppers voted for our store is because we have passion, are committed and always go the extra mile for our customers. To us, our customers are family. We know them by name. They always come first.We treat them in a respectful...

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Best shop for Baby Essentials – Baby City

“Baby City Bloemfontein supplies a huge variety of products to our widespread clientele. We strive to excel in store, as well as with after sales service. We provide product knowledge and demonstrations to our customers to ensure customer satisfaction. We offer all baby essentials in...

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Best Theatre Winner – Sand du Plessis Theatre

“As Pacofs we are highly humbled with the gesture of having been voted by the public as the Best of Bloem through our Sand du Plessis Theatre. We wish to express our sincere appreciation to the arts community, media and all key stakeholders who support...

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Best Weekend Getaway in a 250 km radius outside Bloem – Clarens

“The small town of Clarens is situated at the foothill of its attractive feature, the Maluti Mountain. It offers beautiful natural surroundings of many things, such as another of its famous mountains, the Rooiberge, pristine dams, rivers and streams that are ideal for fly fishing...

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Best must-hire venue – The Willows Weddings & Conference Centre

“Ons harte is vol dankbaarheid oor die wonderlike toekenning. Harde werk, vriendelikheid, die spreekwoordelike ekstra myl loop en persoonlike diens aan elke kliënt is vir ons die heel belangrikste in ons onderneming. Ons personeel lewer elke dag meer as hul beste. The Willows is een...

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Best Medical Care Provider – Medicross Medical Centre

Also Winner: Best Health Care Services   “We are inspired to deliver even better service to our customers.  And we would like to thank all our voters for this great honour. What sets us apart from our competition is that we pride ourselves by offering great personal...

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Best Pharmacy – Preller Plein Pharmacy

“We are delighted for having received this award and would like to thank the organisers for it.  We would furthermore like to thank our staff and loyal clients, without whom it would not have been possible. With the move to our new premises in Preller...

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Best Convenience Store – Woolworths at Engen Northridge and Crossing College Square

Winner: Woolworths at Engen Northridge and Engen Crossing College Square (Piek Group of Companies) “Our marketing and promotional plans are adapted frequently to ensure that excitement is sustained. In conjunction with these programmes, the other partners such as Steers, Corner Bakery, Wimpy and Woolworths run...

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Best Local Radio Personality – Jeanette Geldenhys-Smit

“Jeannette is in hart en siel ’n Vrystaatse nooi. Haar skoolloopbaan voltooi sy aan Hoërskool Staatspresident Swart op Brandfort, waar haar ouers besigheidsmense was. Sy was betrokke by die destydse Radio Oranje en het ook deel uitgemaak van die RSG-senderskeidings in die Noord-Kaap. “Ek beskou...

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Best Office Automation Supplier Winner – Nashua

“Receiving any award or acknowledgement is always gratifying and serves as confirmation that hard work pays off. Nashua Bloemfontein is humbled and thanks each and every person who voted. Our success is a result of passionate staff, working hand in hand, from the directors to...

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Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners – Naval Hill Bloemfontein

“This is not the first time we have won this award, which is an indication that more efforts are being made in restoring this declared natural reserve. The hill is one of the most popular tourist landmarks of the city. We are happy that it...

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Best Local Sports Hero – Wayde van Niekerk

“A recipient of this award for the second time in a row, Wayde van Niekerk shows that he truly is Bloemfontein’s ‘Golden Boy’. Wayde van Niekerk is a South African track and field sprinter who competes in the 200 and 400 metre races. His personal...

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Best Gym – Virgin Active

“Winning Best of Bloem Gym Award is humbling and makes us realise the positive impact we can have on people’s lives in Bloemfontein. Everybody’s welcome at Virgin Active. Young or old. Fit or unfit. It’s all good.” - Harmen Potgieter, Club General Manager – Bloemfontein

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Best Panel Beaters – OFS Smart Repair

“Firstly, a BIG thank you to all the Smart guys and Smart girls who voted OFS Smart Repair Best of Bloem 2017.  At OFS Smart Repair we absolutely believe in passion, quality, innovation AND being smart. Cultivating a culture of excellence is not just about...

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Best Local Radio Station & Show – The Big Breakfast on OFM

“At OFM, the sound of your life, We Love Music! Good music does not have an expiration date. We love that we are being rewarded for doing what we love each day. We are in love with our listeners and appreciate that they “hear” us...

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Best Local Estate Agent (Selling and Letting) – RE/MAX First Bloemfontein

“The agents at RE/MAX First are passionate about the brand and are committed to providing a great service to our clients and the Bloemfontein community as a whole. We don’t just work in the area; we live here too. We are a part of the...

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Best Home Security Company – Bloemsec

“Teamwork! You cannot achieve something like this with only one guy, it’s all thanks to everybody in my team, from the management up to our tea lady. Our advantage is the fact that we are local, people want to do business with local people.  And...

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Best Gas and Petrol Filling Station – Engen Preller Motors

“This award is a great privilege for us. We have a good relationship with our staff and always try to keep them motivated. We also do a lot of training, mostly for the new guys, but also for the older staff to keep them on...

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Best Neighbourhood Association in Bloem – AfriForum

“Dit is vir ons ’n groot voorreg en eer om weer eens die toekenning te ontvang. Ons wil graag vir al ons lede baie dankie sê vir hul getroue ondersteuning en dan ook ’n baie groot woord van dank aan elke vrywilliger wat bereid is...

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Best Local Hotel – Protea Hotel by Marriott Bloemfontein Willow Lake

“A room is a room is a room... What sets us apart from the rest is Exceptional GUEST Service. As a Protea Hotel, Willow Lake is part of the International Marriott Hotel Group. Our chairman, Mr J. Willard Marriott, quotes: ‘Take good care of your...

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Best Hospital – Life-Rosepark Hospital

“We are delighted that Life-Rosepark Hospital has been chosen as the best hospital in the Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards 2017. I believe that the success of Life-Rosepark Hospital can be contributed to the fact that the hospital provides a comprehensive medical service to...

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Best Cinema Complex – Ster Kinekor Mimosa Mall

“What a great feeling to know that hard work pays off. We are filled with joy in winning this award, as this is a clear indication that customers prefer our great service and relationships that we offer above any of our competitors. A movie is...

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Best Cell Phone Repair & Accessories Shop – Vodacom

“As Vodacom we take customer service very seriously. Our customer’ needs are very important to us and we try our utmost best to always serve residents of Bloemfontein as best we can. It’s about ensuring that our customers have the best possible experience. What sets...

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