Living in Bloem 2019 – Best Of Bloemfontein

Living in Bloem 2019

Living in Bloem 2019

Best Optometrist/Eye Care Institution: Spec-Savers

Spec-Savers is the leading Optometry Group in South Africa. The continued success of the organisation is based on a dynamic business concept that capitalises on the price benefits of collective sourcing of products and a common marketing strategy.

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Best Pharmacy/Chemist: Dis-Chem

Dis-Chem, with its linked dispensaries, family clinics, wound-care clinics and comprehensive self-medication centres is a leading specialist in beauty, healthy food, sport supplements, health and well-being, it offers the widest ranges in these categories and expert advice.

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Best Health Care Centre or Service & Best Hospital: Life Rosepark Hospital

Life, health and care are enshrined in everything this hospital does. This emphasis is carried through in the hospital’s dedication to well-being and quality of life, clinical excellence in world-class facilities, quality service, respect and a spirit of giving to those entrusted to its care.

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Best Doctor/Specialist: Dr Elmarie Murphy

Dr Elmarie Murphy is a healthcare practitioner specialising as a paediatrics, in Westdene, Bloemfontein. With a 5-star rating, Dr Murphy is described as simply the best. Known for the special care she gives to her patients, Dr Murphy’s Kids’ Clinic is highly recommended.

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Best Day Hospital: CityMed

CityMed Day Hospital in Bloemfontein was established in 1995. Its vision is to make private health care more affordable and therefore more accessible to more South Africans.

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Best Weekend Getaway in a 500-km radius outside Bloem: Clarens

Clarens is a small town situated at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State. It is nicknamed the “Jewel of the Eastern Free State”. Clarens is known for its spectacular sandstone mountains and wonderful climate.

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Best Weekend Getaway in a 250-km radius outside Bloem: Maselspoort

Maselspoort is an ideally central venue, situated on the shady banks of the Modder River, 23 km outside of Bloemfontein and just 13 km from the airport. A fisherman’s paradise, Maselspoort offers a choice of leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, in a peaceful environment.

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Best Travel Agent/Tour Operator: Astra Travel

What makes Astra Travel different from other travel agent groups is their ability to respond to their clients’ travel requirements in a proactive manner through joint consultation, structured policies, advanced technology and quality personnel.

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Best Local Radio Personality: Martin van der Merwe

Host of The Big Breakfast on OFM – Central South Africa’s premier radio show broadcasting to four provinces, including the Free State, Northern Cape, North West and the Vaal region in Gauteng. Martin van der Merwe is Chelsea FC fanatic, who even named his Basset...

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Best Theatre: Sand du Plessis Theatre

The Sand du Plessis multi-purpose theatre (Afrikaans: Sand du Plessis-teaterkompleks) covers a whole city block and includes two formal spaces. The theatre is named after Sand du Plessis, former administrator of the Free State.

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Best Tertiary Institution: UFS

Since 1904, the University of the Free State (UFS) has grown steadily as an internationally recognised university, with scholars who continue to influence global growth. Today, it has several international partnerships and boasts a growing number of international students gracing its campuses.

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Best Student Accommodation: CampusKey Living

More than your home-away-from-home, CampusKey offers Bloemfontein Student Accommodation where young, eager and aspiring minds thrive. Its Bloemfontein campus is walking distance from the University of the Free State, and centrally located to all other amenities.

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Best Shuttle & Transport Service: Citybug Shuttle Service

Citybug Shuttle Service owns a fleet of 27 semi-luxury buses that have safely transported over 720 000 passengers to 124 destinations throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries since it has opened its doors.

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Best Security Company: Bloemsec

Bloemsec provides a professional all-round security service which includes armed response, guarding and a wide range of security solutions. The family owned security company, based in the heart of the Free State, has been keeping Bloemfontein safe for the last 16 year.

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Best Plumber: ESL Plumbing

ESL Plumbing is a construction plumbing company. From that first project in a small hostel in Bloemfontein, the company has grown into a serious competitor with projects all over South Africa.

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Best Place to take Out-of-towers & Best Place to watch the Big Game: The Staffordshire

The bar with a Touch of Class, affectionately known as “The Staffy” is a Bloem Pub that serves great food and cocktails, has live music, karaoke and QuizNights. Bloem residents are treated to a great time at The Staffy, which has a beautiful beer garden...

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Best Panel Beater: OFS Smart Repair

OFS Smart Repair, located in East End, Bloemfontein, has grown into a state-of-the-art approved auto body repairer. The perfect fusion of highly skilled staff and ultra-modern workshop allow the company to give supreme quality workmanship.

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Best Office Automation Supplier: Nashua

With more than 40 years of putting their clients first, Nashua’s commitment to service excellence, coupled with a long-term customer focus, is the DNA of its brand. It has evolved to offer more solutions, more services and more innovative technology.

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Best Cell Phone Repair & Accessories Shop: Vodacom

Vodacom is a leading African communications company providing a wide range of communication services, including mobile voice, messaging, data, financial and converged services to over 110 million (including Safaricom) customers.

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Best Neighbourhood Forum in Bloem: AfriForum

AfriForum is a non-governmental organisation, registered as a non-profit company, with the aim of protecting the rights of minorities.

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Best Must-Hire Venue/Conference Venue: The Willows Weddings & Conference Centre

The Willows Function and Conference Centre consists of a grass-roof function centre surrounded by beautiful large trees and a spacious garden. The centre provides a peaceful and tranquil setting for conferences, end-of-year-functions, weddings and birthdays.

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Best Local Sports Hero: Ox Nché

Retshegofaditswe ‘Tshego’ Nché, better known as Ox Nche, is an exciting and powerful loosehead prop. Born in Bloemfontein, he attended HTS Louis Botha and was selected for the 2012 Free State U18 Craven Week side, despite being a year younger than the majority of his...

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Best Local Radio Station: OFM the Sound of your Life

This is Central South Africa’s premier radio show broadcasting to four provinces, including the Free State, Northern Cape, North West and the Vaal region in Gauteng.

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Best Local Radio Show: The Big Breakfast Show on OFM

The Big Breakfast on OFM is Central South Africa’s premier radio show. It airs weekdays between 6am and 9am and the hosts are Martin van der Merwe, Duncan Bayne, Zelda Goetz and Sam Ludidi. The show broadcasts to four provinces, including the Free State, Northern...

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Best Local Hotel: Protea Hotel

The Protea Hotel Bloemfontein means value for an overnight destination as tourist or businessman. It is situated in the middle of the business district of the City of Roses and just 13 km away from the airport. It is a 4-star establishment with 94 bedrooms...

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Best Local Estate Agent: Aguila Real Estate

Aguila Real Estate, established in June 2016, boasts a well-experienced management team under the leadership of Erna van Vuuren (Principal). They have highly skilled and experienced management team, and since 2005, they have achieved and maintained a consistently high level of excellent service in Real...

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Best Gym: Virgin Active

The Virgin Active group is a chain of health clubs in South Africa. This health club has a reputation of doing things differently and for revolutionising everything it comes across. The values of this club include insatiable curiosity, smart distribution, heartfelt service.

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Best Funeral Service Provider: Avbob

The Avbob Group (Avbob Insurance, Avbob Funeral Service and Avbob Industries) is Africa’s largest Mutual Society that provides a one-stop funeral insurance and burial service solution. Avbob offers the entire spectrum of funeral services via an extensive national infrastructure consisting of more than 188 funeral...

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Best Event Hire Company: Function and Wedding House

Function and Wedding House Bloemfontein caters for all event décor needs, from flower arrangement to décor hire. The company will help you create the perfect event – from weddings to corporate functions, and also assists with decor, flower arrangements and setup.

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Best Electrician: Global Electrician

For all their electrical needs, Bloemfontein residents have chosen Global Electrician, a business that offers all kinds of electrical services. The company strives for quality customer service, which sets it apart from its competitors.

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Best Doggie Parlour: PawPark Doggy Parlour

PawPark Doggy Parlour is run by Sanet Hugo, who has loved animals since her childhood. She has always wanted to work with them and it is her passion in life. To her a clean and well-groomed dog is a healthier and happier dog.

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Best Gas and Petrol Filling Station: Engen

Engen is a South African oil and petrol company. The service stations form part of the national network of Engen and Sasol service stations and convenience stores, with their main focus being the promotion of fuel products and convenience assets.

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Best Cinema Complex: Northridge Epic Cinemas

Epic Cinemas always strive to offer an extremely awesome experience to movie goers, from traditional cinemas to open air cinema.

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