Thursday, December 7, 2023

This production is the property of Bloemfontein Courant and published to announce the results of the Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards 2023.

The category winners announced here have been chosen by online reader votes in the annual Best of Bloemfontein campaign. The voting results as depicted herein were verified by independent auditors and are final.

Best Automotive Parts Centre: Bloem Motor Spares & Auto Body Parts
Bloem Motor Spares & Auto Body Parts, located in the east of Bloemfontein, is a discounted dealer in motor parts with over 30 years of experience.

Best Book Shop: CUM Books
For more than 80 years, the purpose of CUM Books has been to put Christian content and Bibles into the hands of the people of Africa. As a publisher and retailer, the hope of the gospel remains CUM’s driving passion. Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy (CUM) was established in 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, when founders Freddie and Ria Crous answered a call from God to spread the gospel through the printed word.

Best Car Dealership in Bloem: Garden City Motors Bloemfontein
Whether you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned Mercedes-Benz, make Garden City Motors Bloemfontein your first choice.

Best Catering Equipment: Crown Catering Warehouse
Crown Catering Warehouse, situated at the corner of Hill and Cricket Streets, was established in 1988. The company buys and sells new and second-hand catering equipment and has cutlery, crockery, linen, and tables and chairs to hire for functions. They offer expert advice with years of expertise in setting up and launching catering ventures.

Best Cell Phone Repair & Accessories Shop: GSM Cellular Centre
GSM Cellular Centre offers fast professional help for your cellular needs. Their services include but are not limited to software troubleshooting & repairs, password resetting, sound/audio, poor/low signal problems, Wi-Fi connections, charging Issues, power problems and batteries not lasting, screen replacements, camera & lenses. From in and out of warranty repairs, to Samsung Care+, to ALL phone brands, mobile phones, tablets & laptops/desktops – GSM strives to deliver fast and affordable repair services in Bloemfontein.

Best Cleaning and Chemical Product Supplier: Chemkor
Chemkor is your go-to source for essential cleaning supplies, serving both home and office settings. Their extensive product selection accommodates diverse cleaning requirements, ensuring a clean and hygienic environment for all your needs, whether at home or in the workplace.

Best Computer/Electronics Store: Wonder Computers
Wonder Computers offers services such as repairing laptops and computers, selling laptops, computers, graphics cards and other accessories.

Best Convenience Store: Engen Northridge Bloemfontein
Engen Northridge is a convenience centre where you can fill up, buy food and do your grocery shopping. Situated at the corner of Kenneth Kaunda and Christo Groenewald Street, Bloemfontein, this is the best place to stop to refuel, not just your car but your body too.

Best Florist: Izami Florist
Izami Florist/Bloemiste is a premier florist that handcrafts custom flower bouquets and offers fresh flower and gift delivery in and around South Africa. Izami has been in existence for 37 years and is a household name in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Best Furniture Store: Desley Furniture
Desley Furniture, established in Bloemfontein (1989), is a family business focusing on all customer furniture needs. They have a broad spectrum of furniture services on offer, including supplying brand-new as well as second-hand furniture. They also specialise in antique furniture. They offer trade-ins, evaluate goods, and give quotations on your furniture as well. Purchasing almost anything at Desley’s will result in having it delivered right to your very own doorstep.

Best Garden Centre: Pretty Garden – Garden Centre
Pretty Garden – Garden Centre – a family-friendly place that offers the best of both worlds, a place surrounded by the beauty of nature and a place that offers the handiwork of man. Bring the family and come and enjoy what Pretty Garden – Garden Centre has to offer.

Best Hardware Store and Best Kitchen & Bathroom Outfitters: D.I.Y. Superstore
D.I.Y. Superstore is a one-stop shop for all do-it-yourself products, tools, and service solutions. D.I.Y. Superstore is the largest privately owned store of its kind in South Africa, with a variety of consumer and wholesale products at affordable prices. Situated in the heart of the Free State, the Bloemfontein store has become a well-known household brand name with more than 33 years of supplying quality products with hands-on service that clients have grown to love and endorse for home improvements as well as bigger-scaled contract jobs and projects.

Best Home Appliance Store and Best Outdoor/Camping Store: Kloppers
Kloppers was established in 1967, and they offer a wide range of exciting products at discount prices, with expert and friendly service. Headquartered in Bloemfontein, the department store always strives to ensure that customers have access to the widest range of products and top brands at unbeatable prices.

Best Home Décor: House of Interiors
House of Interiors has a passion for design, proportions and style. They design and manufacture classic and contemporary furniture and curtaining. Their scope of service has been enhanced to include a total service underpinned through the principles of effective Project Management to ensure the client visions are realised.

Best Jewellery Store: Allan Robb Jewellers
Allan Robb Manufacturing Jewellers whispers of pure elegance and style. They specialise in engagement and wedding rings. They also manufacture titanium rings. They offer magnificent jewellery for ladies and gentlemen and if they don’t have what you are looking for, they will design and manufacture it especially for you, in gold, white gold, platinum, silver, or titanium.

Best Packaging/Storing Supplies: Bidvest Afcom
Bidvest Afcom has been a South African leader in the manufacturing, distribution, and provisioning of innovative packaging and fastening solutions and services to the commerce, mining, and agricultural sectors for 93 years, via 9 branches, 2 sales depots, and 3 manufacturing operations throughout the country. Over the many decades, we have built a reputation for reliability and an after-sales service that is of the highest quality.

Best Pet Shop: Jungle to Jungle
With over 20 years of experience in the pet trade, Jungle to Jungle prides itself on excellent service, both before and after sales.

Best Animal Food: Triprod & Triprod Pets Hyper
Triprod & Triprod Pets Hyper is a supplier of animal feeds, medication and supplements, pet food and accessories.

Best Shopping Centre/Lifestyle Centre: Preller Walk
Preller Walk is one of Bloemfontein’s most visited centres. A perfect destination for families, couples, business people and pensioners where you can find what you need in a cosy and tranquil setting.

Best Shopping Mall: Northridge Mall
Northridge Mall is your shopping experience in the North of Bloemfontein that offers all your favourites. Northridge Mall is strategically located along the R700/Kenneth Kaunda Road, which connects the northern suburbs and the city to the N1 freeway, on the northern fringe of Bloemfontein, and offers more than 1200 free parking bays for ease of access. 

Best Sporting Goods Store: Sportsman’s Warehouse
At Sportsmans Warehouse they have sportspeople who understand your needs. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly – many of whom are sports enthusiasts themselves. They are all about the customer experience and satisfaction. They offer personalised services such as RUN-id – our cutting-edge gait analysis technology that provides customers with shoe recommendations by conducting an immersive gait analysis assessment. Whatever your needs, just ask.

Best Stationery Supplier: Bloempapier
Bloempapier has an excellent selection of stationery and office supplies. Over many years, the company has built strong relationships with the best suppliers in the industry. Being level 2 BEE compliant, it supplies a large number of schools, tertiary institutions, as well as government departments and businesses in Bloemfontein and beyond.

Best Supermarket for all your Essentials: Checkers
Checkers, backed by the biggest food retail group in Africa, believes that you can have the lifestyle you want, and the company constantly does its best to show you how. It can consistently offer you savings on all your much-needed grocery items. It also offers a range of speciality products like extra-matured Steakhouse Classic steaks, free-range certified Natural Lamb, wines from over 80 of South Africa’s leading estates, and award-winning cheeses.

Best Tyre Fitment Centre: Stoney’s Wheel and Tyre
Stoney’s Wheel and Tyre offers wheel and tyre services and products to both the retail and commercial industries. The business is a certified Dunlop “Zone”, but it also provides a variety of other tyre and wheel brands to cater for your every need. Stoney’s Wheel and Tyre provides professional services like wheel alignment and balancing and supplies wheels and tyres for bigger vehicles required for farming, construction, earth moving and trucks.