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The annual #CleaverAwards aim to showcase South Africa’s best butcheries. Winners are announced in national and regional categories. This year will be the 14th annual awards held in association with some of the biggest names in the SA meat industry, including Freddy Hirsch.

The nominations for this year’s awards were open from October to December last year. Customers had the opportunity to vote for their favourite butchery. Last year over 30 000 nominations were received and a total of 105 finalists were assessed using a strict 212 point checklist. Last year some of the winners in the National category scored 99.8%.

The awards were launched in 2005 following concerns around the quality of meat delivered to consumers. While strict laws oversee the slaughter and deboning of meat there is little that can be done once meat leaves the abattoirs. The #CleaverAwards sought to improve the overall quality of meat and meat products received by consumers.

Three judging categories:

  • Butcheries with four or more till points
  • Butcheries with three or fewer till points
  • Food market / Supermarket butcheries

Platinum Awards are given to the winners of each category while the runners up receive Gold Awards.

There’s a reason we have 10 #CleaverAwards!

Karaglen SuperSpar boasts a Cleaver Award-Winning butchery department headed by meat expert Marius Jordaan. We don’t just sell meat; we love meat. Our butchery takes great care in selecting the best meat for you. We go to great lengths to ensure that we source and package only the highest quality meat for our store.

  • 2008 –  Platinum Award in the Provincial Category.
  • 2009 – Platinum Award winner in the National Category.
  • 2010 – Platinum Award recipient in the Provincial Category.
  • 2011 – Platinum Award winner in the National Category.
  • 2012 – Gold Award recipient in the Provincial Category.
  • 2013 – Karaglen SuperSpar wins Platinum in the Provincial Category.
  • 2014 – Gold Award winner in the National Category.
  • 2015 – Platinum Award in the National Category.
  • 2016 – National Gold Winner.
  • 2017 – Gold in the National Category.

The man behind the meat:

Marius Jordaan

Marius has worked in the butchery department at Karaglen since 2000. He comes from a family of butchers. His father and brothers are involved in the meat trade. “We regard the trade as a family tradition,” he says.

Marius loves working with customers and will always ensure that the supplies them with meat cuts of the highest quality. His favourite cut of meat is a Rump Steak or a Lamb Chop and his favourite meat dish is a perfectly cooked leg of lamb.

Customers who feel they need assistance in choosing the right cut of meat are more than welcome to ask Marius or any of the staff in the butchery department. “Not all meats are the same and the meat you are cooking with does not have to be expensive to make a great meal.”

Marius strives to always make the butchery department better. Karaglen has walked away for 10 #CleaverAwards. The 4 provincial butchery titles and 6 national titles make Karaglen SuperSpar the obvious choice for top quality meat.

When Marius is not at the butchery, he enjoys running and has completed three Comrades Marathons. He is married and loves to spend time with his son. He also enjoys boxing and says he won’t mind waking up at 2am to watch a match.

Have a look at some of our best beef recipes:

Nothing says South African quite like a potjie! We love the idea of a traditional hearty beef pot left to simmer while the family catches up.

Place the dumplings on a serving tray. Serve with a dipping sauce as a starter or light snack. Reheat leftover dumplings by steaming for 5 minutes. Alternatively shallow fry in a little oil for 5 minutes.

Stroganoff is a simple yet elegant family dinner. This amazing dish can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. 

These are simply great for serving with spaghetti in a rich tomato and herb pasta sauce, or with mashed potato and topped with gravy.

These are a little more difficult to pull off. When done right, they will show off your budding culinary flare. They also look great on your dinner table and taste amazing.

Place the sliced Beef on serving dishes and drizzle with the Amarula Cream Sauce. This is a great dish to serve with roasted potato wedges and a light salad.

Serve this traditional Irish dish with Irish Soda Bread and butter. This is a great meal for those cooler or rainy nights. Gather the family around for this winner.

You’ll have a winner on your hands with this flawless recipe.