Innovation the name of the game at Best of Bloemfontein


It has been proven once again this morning that Bloemfontein Courant’s Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards are undoubtedly the best platform to pay tribute to businesses that excel as far as quality of products and services are concerned.

More than a hundred business people from across all sectors gathered at the Hotel School at the Central University of Technology, Free State this morning to witness Bloemfontein’s best entrepreneurs receiving their awards for flying the Bloemfontein flag high.

The Lekker Bekkers were the hosts for the morning, and kept the audience in stitches.

Bloemfontein’s famous “Lekker Bekkers”, Jamandi en Machiel, were the programme directors, while the popular blues duo, Shared Address, as well as Naledi from Simple Stories, provided the entertainment. The guests were treated to a scrumptious champagne breakfast prepared by the Hotel School.

This is the 6th year that Bloemfontein Courant hosted the Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards. This year a new award was added to the ceremony. The award for the most innovative local business, sponsored by FNB, was scooped up by the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CPRM), which is located at the Central University of Technology.

Guests left with this awesome keepsake made by the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CPRM) who won the innovation award.

This is a business that was started 21 years ago as part of a research project. Director of CRPM, Gerrie Booysen, told Bloemfontein Courant that they are extremely excited about the award. “We would just like to say thank you for this recognition from Bloemfontein Courant and FNB.”

Stephen Gooch, FNB Free State Regional Head

Stephen Gooch, FNB Free State Regional Head, said that it is an honour for the bank to be a part of the event. “We got involved because they wanted to know how the bank can help local businesses and make a difference in the community.”

And to end of the festivities, the general manager of Mahareng Publishing, Christel Basson, said that Bloemfontein can be so proud of the amazing talent that it has. “I would just like to thank everyone who made this amazing morning possible.”

To see all the winners, go to and page through the e-copy of the Best of Bloemfontein Results 2018 issue. – Sazly Hartzenberg