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The following was published by the Bedfordview and Edenvale News.

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Originally published on 20 May 2014.

Mr Marius Jordaan, from Karaglen SuperSpar, has again been awarded the Best Butcher prize in Gauteng.

He was joined by fellow top South African butchers at the recent annual Clever Awards.

Mr Jordan has, for the past six years, walked away with Gauteng’s top award in the meat industry and this year was no different when he received the platinum award.

At the event, the best butcheries both nationally and regionally were honoured and rewarded for their dedication to providing customers with the best meat on the market.

This year saw six national and 41 provincial butcheries winning platinum or gold awards.

The Cleaver Awards were launched in 2005 to meet the needs of the consumer by raising standards among butcheries.

Since the launch of the awards, butchery standards have significantly improved and feedback from consumers show that the majority perceive the Cleaver Awards to be a seal of approval.

An initiative of the South African Red Meat Industry Forum, these awards acknowledge butcheries which meet consumer expectations on in-store hygiene, the supply of quality-assured roller marked South African Beef, their level of competency in offering the best advice on meal preparations and perceived value for money.

Butchers were judged according to stores with four or more till points, butcheries with three or fewer till points and food market or supermarket butcheries.

Nominations were opened towards the end of last year for consumers around the country to vote and nominate their best butchery.

The winners in each category received platinum awards and the runners up received gold awards.

First prize winners in each national category also received a R20 000 cash prize.

The runners up received a R10 000 cash prize.

All of the provincial winners received either a platinum or gold Cleaver Award trophy in their category.