Best of Bloem 2016


Bloemfontein has no limits when it comes to possibilities. There’s something to do, eat, drink or buy every day of the week. The Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards celebrate all this and more, but also give you the chance to tell us who and
what’s the best of the best.

Bloemfontein Courant launched the City of Roses’ hottest competition, Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards, in 2013.

These awards are now the talk of the town and business owners have realised the value of customers rewarding their businesses for good service. For this year’s competition Bloemfontein Courant provides readers with the ballots (published on 28 July).

Readers can then vote in more than 70 categories – everything from Best New Restaurant to Best Shopping Centre, from Favourite Radio Personality to Best Place to buy Biltong!
Thousands of entries were received during the previous years.
This year we have streamlined the categories to get in line with the national Best of Awards and soon local companies will be able to compete against their peers from around the country.

VOTEBut this competition is in fact all about the best businesses and people in Bloem… the winning businesses and personalities are provided with certificates of merit, which are proudly displayed in their stores. In October each year, the winners are announced and the Bloemfontein Courant Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards Supplement is published – a handy, Best of Bloemfontein newspaper with a year-long shelf-life … a newspaper to refer to whenever they’re looking for the best of the best in the City of Roses.
But we haven’t forgotten about our loyal readers. Each year the names of readers who have voted in the competition are entered into a lucky draw and they will once again walk away with some amazing prizes.
The winners’ details are also available online at www. throughout the year following the competition.

How it works

To qualify for the wonderful prizes, your name, address, e-mail address and phone number must be provided and at least 80% of a ballot must be completed. We only accept original newspaper published ballots. Photocopied ballots will be discarded. Readers can fill in either all seven ballots or just one. Each ballot counts as a separate entry. Readers can also enter online at

Terms and conditions
Ballots suspected of orchestrated mailing will be discarded. We only accept original newspaper published ballots. Photocopied ballots will be discarded. The auditors’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entries close on September 9, 2016. Prize finalists will be drawn from ballots via a lucky draw. The finalists must be able to attend a winners’ function in Bloemfontein – details of the event to be given to winners at least two weeks prior to the function. Central Media Group (CMG) employees, prize sponsors, their advertising agencies and immediate families may complete ballots but are not eligible to win published prizes. The obligation to make payment to the winners is undertaken by the sponsors. CMG cannot in any way be held liable for the failure of the sponsors to make payment of the prizes in this competition. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. For a full list of competition rules, log onto or phone 051-505-0900.

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Stunning prizes to be won!

Bloemfontein Courant readers have the opportunity of giving recognition to their local favourites while standing a chance to win sensational prizes at the same time.
By casting your vote you will automatically be entered into a draw for fantastic give-aways and daily prize draws. You can vote in just one category or in all seven of them. Like us on Facebook (Bloemfontein Courant) or join us on Twitter (@BfnCourant). Visit for the competition rules and daily updated news. Also, listen to OFM daily to hear what more amazing prizes are up for grabs!

HDL Jewellers is not just one of Bloem’s most loved jewellers and jewellery designers, it is a family business that has stood the test of time, where it is all about quality. HDL is giving away one R1 000 and two R500 jewellery vouchers to three lucky voters. HDL’s jewellery embodies the Laubscher family’s beliefs of quality workmanship, personal service and trust. HDL sells South African Ideal Cut Diamonds ™ and specialises in the manufacturing of top quality custom-made jewellery.

Fly Blue Crane took to the skies on 1 September 2015! This dynamic airline with its operational hub at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, offers a much needed alternative air travel option, not only to business people but also to customers travelling to leisure destinations within the Southern African region. It truly fills the polarised market gap by offering the best of both worlds, providing a fresh approach. Fly Blue Crane is giving away four double return tickets to any Fly Blue Crane destination to the value of R2500 each to two lucky voters.

The Protea Hotel Willow Lake is ideally and uniquely situated in the Bloemfontein Zoo. The exclusive patio gives all guests a breath-taking view of the zoo. Protea Hotel Willow Lake is giving away vouchers for one night’s accommodation for two, with bed and breakfast to the value of R1 765 each, as well as breakfast vouchers for two, valued at R370 each.

Angels Boutique is still one of Bloem’s very favourite exclusive fashion boutiques. This fashion-forward haven has been voted the favourite exclusive fashion boutique since the initial start of the Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards in 2013. For this year’s voters’ competition, Angels Boutique is giving away an evening or cocktail dress to the value of R3 000 to one lucky voter. Always dreamt of that perfect little black number? Vote now and make your dream a reality.

Voted the Best Romantic Restaurant as well as Best Kept Secret and the Best Restaurant to Spoil Yourself in Bloemfontein since the start of this competition, Seven Restaurant & Bar is giving away R500 vouchers to two of our lucky voters. If you haven’t been there before, this is your chance to enjoy the comfortable, relaxed atmosphere of this trendy restaurant with a menu that will make you come back for more.

Monte Christo Country Lodge sets the scene for that get-away-from-it-all-getaway. It offers exclusive luxury in a tranquil country atmosphere and one lucky voter stands the chance to win a two nights’ stay for two people to the value of R1 570. Situated on the western outskirts of Bloemfontein, Monte Christo Country Lodge is easily accessible from the N1.

Walking away as the Best Italian Restaurant three years in a row as well as Best Romantic Restaurant in 2014, Bella Casa Trattoria is giving away an Italian Feast for 10 people to the value of R2 150 to one of our lucky voters. If you haven’t been there before, this is your chance to enjoy the comfortable relaxed atmosphere of a cosy pizzeria and a modern Italian eatery. Ts & Cs: Sit down only; not transferrable for cash; drinks not included; service fee on drinks not included.

Dent Doctor, the franchise outlet that offers a professional, expert minor and major auto body repair service, is giving away a R1 000 cash prize to one lucky voter. This is just what you need for that something special you’ve always wanted to buy but never had the cash for.

White Horse & Wiltshire is a stylish bar located at Reizis Square in Noordhoek. It caters for people with taste and is giving away a voucher to the value of R300 to one lucky voter. Offering a variety of crafted beers, quality malted Scotches and artisanal foods, you will enjoy this über-cool hangout.


Iewers Nice offers an unforgettable dining experience brimming with fresh food served the old fashioned way. Generous portions and a regular changing menu alongside a reputation for serving the biggest burgers, keep diners loyal! Freshly baked quiches, crunchy salads and spoonfuls of samples ordered from any main dish on the menu provide the perfect balance for an array of appetites. One lucky voter stands the chance to win a dinner party to the value of R2 000 to enjoy old school ambience and contemporary surrounds for a delightful dining experience.

Jack & Jill Food Co.’s passion is sourcing local artisan produce to offer customers the freshest meals. Baking is their niche, with cupcakes being the most popular baked product. By using the seasonal produce they provide their customers with great tasting meals all year round. One lucky reader can win a R300 voucher to experience one of Bloem’s coolest breakfast joints.

Voted the Best Steakhouse in Bloemfontein since 2013, The Longhorn Grill is giving away a R400 voucher to one of our lucky voters. If you haven’t been there before, this is your chance to enjoy the comfortable, relaxed atmosphere of this trendy steakhouse.

As a leader in the South African health and beauty industry, Annique’s products contain Rooibos – a trusted and scientifically proven remedy. Annique is giving away three gift bags to the value of R1 000, R750 and R500. Three lucky voters can each win a gift bag.

Hannon Bothma, co-owner of the HANNON brand, is a household name when beauty is concerned. Hannon Hair Care and Faces is distributed through selected professional hair and beauty salons where Hannon himself regularly consults salon clients on their hair and make-up. Ten lucky readers each stand a chance of winning one of ten Hannon make-up hampers to the value of R250 each.

At Jaco Smith Funeral Group you will find a wealth of information that perhaps you have not even considered. This funeral group will help you honour and cherish the life of a loved one. Jaco Smith Funeral Group is giving away R1 000 cash to one lucky reader.

Five readers can each win a beauty session worth R200 from Touching Senses. Touching Senses is constantly attracting more clients looking for a full range of beauty treatments from a beauty salon that is truly welcoming and relaxing.

De Oude Kraal Dorpshuis is one of guests’ most-loved guest houses. One of the main purposes of De Oude Kraal Dorpshuis is to bring guests’ attention to the great combinations of food and wine. De Oude Kraal Dorpshuis is located in Westdene, Bloemfontein, and offers an outdoor swimming pool, lush garden and sun terrace. The guest house is giving away one night’s stay for two people.

Established in 1998, Bargain Books is South Africa’s leading discount book retailer with over 70 stores in all nine provinces. Bargain Books is giving away 100 x Bargain Books pens, 100 x Bargain Books notepads, 100 x Bargain Books bookmarks and 5 x R100 Bargain Books vouchers to utilise as spot prizes.

The Boudoir Bar in Bloemfontein is a ‘boutique bar’ and restaurant, and was added to the lively Bloem social scene in October 2008. The stylish brainchild of Madelein da Silveira, Boudoir Bar is the ultimate setting for a tête-à-tête with friends. A R250 voucher is to be given away to one lucky voter as well as R250 to another voter to spend at The Boudoir Bar’s sibling-bar, The Blend.

Specialising in gourmet burgers, chicken wings in Sticky Jack basting sauce and ribs in a delectable BBQ basting sauce, No 16 Stoep & Beer Garden is giving away 10 x R100 Meal Vouchers. No 16 Stoep & Beer Garden stocks proudly South African craft beers. It is a beer lover’s paradise!

Imla Guest Farm is a working farm, Waterfall, within the IMLA Farm Group, on land which is part of Marabeng Mountain, according to the Sesotho-speaking locals. A grand sandstone house, dating from the late 1800s, has been beautifully restored and expanded to a modern guest house. On lucky voter can win a R5 000 accommodation voucher for two nights here.

At Panarottis, the passion is about Italian-style food. And when prepared only the finest ingredients are used! Five lucky readers can each win a R200 voucher to use at this popular Italian restaurant.

With an array of pet supplies and accessories, including pet nutrition, gear, beds and bowls, Crazy Pets certainly caters for the entire household. As part of the Best of Bloemfontein celebrations Crazy Pets is giving away a R500 voucher.

Three shopaholics stand the chance of winning either a R3000 gift voucher or one of two R1000 vouchers to spend at any store in the popular Mimosa Mall. Mimosa Mall is the Free State’s most luxurious and famous shopping destination. With 120 leading stores, you’ll always be spoilt for choice.