Cleaver Best Butchers Awards 2023/2024

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Cleaver Best Butchers Awards 2023/2024

Recognising Excellence in Butcheries Across South Africa

Pretoria, July 10, 2024 – The winners of the 19th Cleaver Awards were announced during a dedicated ceremony, hosted by RMIS and ceremony sponsor Freddy Hirsch – The Spice Champions, at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday, July 6, 2024, just before the iconic rugby clash where the Springboks triumphed over Ireland for the first time since 2016. 

These awards recognise the exemplary performance and dedication of South Africa’s finest butcheries throughout the year 2023/2024. 


More than 3 tills  
>3KZNBluff Meat Supply Richards Bay
>3ECCuyler Butchery
>3FSFredilia Meat Welkom Park
>3NWImpala Vleis Brits
>3WC Karoo Lusern Slaghuis/Butchery
>3MPLLebombo Slaghuis
>3GAUMondanette Irene Meat Merchant
>3LMPVleislapa – Marshall Street
Less than 3 tills  
≤3GAUBoma Meat Market – Olympus
≤3MPLFranks Meat – Mall
≤3KZNNatalia Meat Market Vryheid
≤3WCTOLLIES SLAGHUIS (not attending)
≤3ECVan Der Stel Butchery
≤3NWVision Meat Klerksdorp
≤3NCWest End Vleismark Hadisonpark
Meat Markets  
MMNWFood Lover’s Market Cornerstone
MMGAUKaraglen Superspar
MMMPLMalelane Super Spar
MMWCOld Oak Spar
MMKZNOxford Freshmarket Waterfall
MMFSRoots Mannys Butchery Welkom 2
National Winners  
>3 Karoo Lusern Slaghuis/Butchery
≤3 Franks Meat – Mall
Meat Market Malelane Super Spar
Main Market Meat World Katlehong

This year’s awards introduced several innovations aimed at further enhancing transparency and recognising excellence in diverse segments of the market.

New Categories and Rigorous Audits

In a departure from previous years, the 2023/2024 Cleaver Awards featured notable changes:

New Category Inclusion: The addition of the “Main Markets” category highlighted retail butchers serving rural and township areas, underscoring their integral role in local communities.

Streamlined Selection Process: This year, only one provincial winner per category was selected, from which national winners were determined. This approach aimed to showcase the best regional talent on a national stage.

Comprehensive Auditing: Unlike past editions focusing solely on specific sections like beef, this year’s audit by SAMIC covered the entire butchery, assessing all aspects including food safety, hygiene, value for money, and customer service.

Methodology and Recognition

The selection process began with public nominations, followed by rigorous audits of the top 100 nominated butcheries across South Africa. Winners were announced in the following categories:

3 and Less Tills: Recognising one winner per province where applicable and one national winner.

More Than 3 Tills: Acknowledging exceptional butcheries with broader operations, honouring provincial winners alongside a national champion.

Meat Markets: Celebrating excellence in hyper/supermarkets across provinces, with one provincial and national winner each.

Main Markets (Township Areas): Highlighting the standout performer in retail butcheries serving rural and township communities nationwide.

Acknowledgements and Transition

RMIS, responsible for overseeing the industry up to the abattoir level, concludes its involvementwith the Cleaver Awards this year. The management of the Cleaver Awards will be handled henceforth by Ryan Read and Twins Black. RMIS extends its best wishes to Ryan Read and the Twins Black team in their stewardship of this esteemed industry recognition program.

For More Information

For further details on SAMIC’s auditing process, visit or contact them on (012) 361-4545. For inquiries regarding the voting and nominations process, please reach out to Ryan Read of Twins Black via or call 0837115379.

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