November 16, 2020

The Country’s Best Butcheries Announced

An initiative of the Red Meat Industry Forum, the annual Cleaver Awards recognises the best butcheries based on quality, service, hygiene and value for money.

“They have been tried, they have been tested, and they have been proven to be the very best,” says Dewald Olivier, Executive Officer of The South African Feedlot Association (SAFA), announcing the winners of this year’s Cleaver Awards in a virtual presentation this week.

“The butcheries are at the end of the value chain. They are the representation of our product to our consumers, their customers,” Olivier says, and explains that this year these sought-after awards were run slightly differently.

Butcheries were asked to register upfront, resulting in approximately 600 butcheries signing up. Their customers were then given the opportunity to vote for them. All butcheries that received over 100 votes were then anonymously visited by SAMIC, The South African Meat Industry Company, tasked with ensuring the quality and safety of meat in South Africa.

All butcheries were audited against an extensive 212-point checklist and for the first time in the history of the Cleaver Awards, all participating butcheries will have the opportunity to view their score sheets, to see where they may have fallen short. “This will then give them the opportunity to better themselves, and better their butcheries, ahead of the Cleaver Awards next year,” Olivier says.

Year-on-year, the top butcheries all seem to have 3 attributes in common: they are customer-centric, they invest in the training and upliftment of their staff, and above all else, they are passionate about what they do,  particularly when it comes to quality, service, hygiene and value for money for their customers.

“To the over 600 butcheries that made it into the initial round of this year’s Cleaver Awards, we congratulate you on an exceptionally high standard across the board.

Each delivered above and beyond to keep our butchery standards amongst the best in the world, even during a turbulent and disruptive year. The smallest percentages differentiated this year’s winners as the exceptional among the very, very best,” Olivier says.

Feedback from consumers every year reveal that the majority perceive the Cleaver Awards to be a seal of approval, most importantly because a butchery cannot enter themselves, they have to be nominated by their customers.

A special thank-you must also go to Freddy Hirsch for supplying all the actual Cleaver Awards for the winners. These trophies of actual meat cleavers are imported from Germany and make a bold statement when proudly displayed in the butcheries of all the winners for all their consumers and staff to see.

Below are the national and provincial winners for this year. Many are familiar names on the annual list of the country’s best butcheries, while some brand-new winners have shown themselves to be worth their beef this year too.

Entries for the next Cleaver Awards will open again in March 2021.

For more information about this and other initiatives within the Red Meat Industry in South Africa, go to


4 and more tills

  1. Vleislapa Marshall Street, Polokwane – Platinum
  2. Impala Vleis, Brits – Gold

Up to 3 tills

  1. Franks Meat, Middelburg Mall – Platinum
  2. Frank`s Meat Supply Retail City, Middelburg – Gold

Meat Markets

  1. Saveway SuperSpar, Witbank – Platinum
  2. The Grove SuperSpar, Nelspruit – Gold


4 and more tills

  1. Boma Meat Market, Moreleta Park – Platinum
  2. Meat World, Elarduspark – Gold

Up to 3 tills

1.   Boma Meat, Olympus, Pretoria – Platinum

2.   Delft Butchery and Deli, Johannesburg – Gold

Meat Market

  1. Karaglen SuperSpar, Johannesburg – Platinum
  2. Uitkyk Meat & Supermarket, Silverton – Gold


4 and more tills

  1. Vision Meat, Klerksdorp – Platinum


Meat Market.

  1. Malelane SuperSpar, Malelane – Platinum


4 and more tills.

  1. Fredilia Meat, Welkom – Platinum
  2. Power Meat Centre, Welkom – Gold

Up to 3 Tills.

  1. Country Meat, Kroonstad – Platinum


4 and more tills

  1. Cuyler Butchery, Uitenhage – Platinum

Up to 3 Tills

  1. Continental Butchery, Port Elizabeth – Platinum

Meat Market

  1. Levyvale SuperSpar, Uitenhage – Platinum
  2. The Acres Spar Butchery, Port Elizabeth – Gold


Up to 3 tills

  1. Akeru Butchery, Gordonsbaai – Platinum
  2. Tollies Slaghuis, Mosselbaai – Gold

Meat Market

  1. Malmesbury SuperSpar, Malmesbury – Platinum
  2. OK Foods Elto Towers, Kuilsrivier – Gold


4 and more Tills

  1. Bluff Meat Supply, Bluff  – Platinum
  2. Bluff Meat Supply, Chatsworth  – Gold    

Up to 3 tills

  1. Medina Meats, Chatsworth – Platinum

Meat Markets

  1. Bluff Meat Supply, Richards Bay – Platinum


Up to 3 Tills

  1. West End Vleismark, Kimberley – Platinum
  2. Kokis Slaghuis, Kimberley – Gold