GALLERY: Best of Bloemfontein Awards a ‘blingy’ affair

Christel Basson, General Manager of Mahareng, presents Danie Keyter, Campus Manager of Campus Key Student Living, with the Most Innovative Business Award, while Stephen Gooch, FNB Free State Regional Head, looks on. PHOTOS FLAMING FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Last night it was time again for the annual Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards, and as per usual the event was attended by the Who’s Who of the local business world.

The Atrium of the Hotel School at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) was the backdrop of the glitz and glam that could only be associated with the Best of Bloemfontein gala evening.

The theme of the awards, “Bring the Bling”, brought a touch of elegance and class to the ceremony. The evening’s proceedings were further complimented by the fine dining cuisine of the Hotel School and the smooth jazzy sounds of local band Pure Delicate Artistry (PDA).

The big winners of the evening was the LEjit Lekker Restaurant in Preller Walk, who scooped up an amazing six awards, as well as Campus Key Student Living, who became only the second Bloemfontein business to win the Most Innovative Business Award. Campus Key competed with four other local businesses to finally walk away with this coveted award.

Stephen Gooch, FNB Free State Regional Head, said the idea behind the Innovation Award is to recognise and celebrate those local businesses that really embrace innovation in their business. FNB is the main sponsor of the event.

“This year’s winner, Campus Key Student Living, delivered an exceptional presentation to the judges demonstrating that innovation runs in the very heart and soul of the company, similar to FNB,” said Gooch. – Pieter Delport

*Read more about the awards in the next issue of Bloemfontein Courant, which will hit the streets on Thursday 24 October 2019. Also watch this space for more picture galleries of the event.