2021 – Best of Zululand

2021

125. BEST TRUCK DEALERSHIP – Powerstar Empangeni

Powerstar Empangeni The Powerstar brand has only been in South Africa since 2010, but they have obviously already made a huge impact on the trucking market as they were voted Zululand’s Best Truck Dealership. The Empangeni branch was also able to scoop a Dealer of...

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119. BEST VEHICLE HIRE – Avis van Rental Richards Bay

AVIS VAN RENTAL If you’re in need of a bakkie, van, truck or 4x4, then Avis Van Rental is the place to go. Avis Van rental will have a vehicle for you regardless of your circumstances. All you need to do is select the vehicle...

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117. BEST TRAVEL AGENTS – World Travel Empangeni

World Travel Empangeni Covid-19 has put a stop to travel to many places, however, World Travel Empangeni is still able to offer many amazing travel options both national and international. The next time you want to book a holiday, look no further than World Travel...

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116. BEST TRACTOR DEALER – Ritchie Farm Equipment

Ritchie Farm Equipment Ritchie Farm Equipment has, for many years, consistently won the best tractor dealer category. They represent various brands and their experts know the industry inside and out, so they will be able to find the right tractor for you.

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115. BEST TILE SHOP – CTM Empangeni

CTM Empangeni CTM is one of the largest tile and bathroom stores in South Africa, which gives you access to a wide range of products that will fit your style and budget. This is why CTM has once again retained its title as Zululand’s best...

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114. BEST TAKEAWAY FISH – La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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113. BEST TAKEAWAY – La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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112. BEST SUPERMARKET – 5Five Ways SuperSpar Empangeni

5Five Ways SuperSpar 5Five Ways SuperSpar has been voted the best supermarket in Zululand for a reason, as the store is well stocked with food, drinks and more. They offer the freshest produce, best cuts of meat and one of the best bakeries in town....

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108. BEST SHORT TERM INSURANCE BROKERS – Wilida Insurance Brokers

Wilida Insurance Brokers When things go wrong, as they often do, it is good to know that there is a good short term insurance broker that has your back. Zululanders turn to Wilida Insurance Brokers, winner in their category in this year’s Best of Zululand...

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107. BEST SHOPPING CENTRE – Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre

Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre Affectionately known as ‘The Boardwalk Inkwazi’ by Zululanders, Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre is the biggest shopping mall in the Zululand region and can therefore cater for any of your retail needs while supplying shoppers with secure parking and excellent all-round facilities.

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105. SECURITY / EQUIPMENT AND INSTALLERS – Alpha Alert

Alpha Alert (winner of 2 categories) If you’re concerned about the safety of your home and family and want to safeguard them, then Alpha Alert is the way to go. They have now taken home their seventh win and have been operating for 12 years....

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104. BEST SECURITY / ALARM COMPANY – Alpha Alert

Alpha Alert (winner of 2 categories) If you’re concerned about the safety of your home and family and want to safeguard them, then Alpha Alert is the way to go. They have now taken home their seventh win and have been operating for 12 years....

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103. BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL – St Catherine’s Empangeni

St Catherine’s School Where there are happy children, there are happy parents. This is one of the reasons Zululanders voted St Catherine’s School as the Best Private School in the area. The school caters for pupils from Grade RRR to 12, with small classes to...

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99. BEST RETAINING WALLS – The Paving Specialists Richards Bay

The Paving Specialist (winner of 2 categories) The Paving Specialist has been kicking poor looking garden and industrial surfaces to the curb for 20 years. They have paved their way to being Zululand’s favourite paving company for a long time to come.

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97. BEST RESTAURANT: INDIAN FOOD – La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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94. BEST RESTAURANT: BEAT THE BUDGET (INEXPENSIVE) – La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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93. BEST RESTAURANT – La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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91. BEST PRINTERS – Emprint Empangeni

Emprint Empangeni Emprint has been around for five decades and has earned the trust of Zululanders for being the best printing and best branding company as they have once again won both of these categories. Whether it be litho, digital, wide format or screen printing...

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90. BEST POOL BUILDER – Slimline Pool Centre

Slimline Pool Centre A pool is considered a necessity by many Zululanders due to the extreme heat we experience in our summer months. If anyone is going to build a pool for you in Zululand, it can only be Slimline as they really are the...

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88. BEST PLUMBER – Empangeni Plumbers

Empangeni Plumbers Plumbing mishaps can get messy and can often cause you to get your hands dirty… unless you leave it up to Empangeni Plumbers who offer you solutions to all of your plumbing problems.

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87. BEST PLANT HIRE – B&B Plant and Equipment Emapngeni

B&B Plant Hire Are you in need of a concrete mixer, circular saw or even a tile cutter but aren’t ready to make the capital commitment? Then B&B Plant Hire has the tools for you. B&B Plant Hire will ensure you have all the best...

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86. BEST PLACE TO HAVE BREAKFAST – La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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85. BEST PIZZA PLACE – La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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81. BEST PEST CONTROL COMPANY – Zululand Pest Control Empangeni

Zululand Pest Control Zululand is a wonderful place for wildlife to thrive in. While this is a good thing, it can also have its drawbacks. Zululand Pest Control has you covered for those drawbacks as they have been ridding Zululanders homes of pests for the...

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80. BEST PAVING COMPANY – The Paving Specialist

The Paving Specialist (winner of 2 categories) The Paving Specialist has been kicking poor looking garden and industrial surfaces to the curb for 20 years. They have paved their way to being Zululand’s favourite paving company for a long time to come.

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79. BEST PANEL BEATERS – Alpha Panel Beaters Empangeni

Alpha Panel Beaters There’s no longer a need to feel embarrassed about dings and dents on your car as Alpha Panel Beaters have you covered when it comes to all kinds of body repair work. They take the ‘dent’ out of accident!

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76. BEST OFFICE AUTOMATION – Nashua Zululand

Nashua Zululand Nashua Zululand can help transform your workspace with solutions that can save you both time and money. Nashua deals in access control and communication as well as data and document management. Nashua has a fully comprehensive range of products that are agile and...

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75. BEST LOCAL NEWSPAPER – Zululand Observer

Zululand Observer It’s true: everybody reads the Zululand Observer. Affectionately known as ‘The ZO’, this local newspaper has been locals' news source for over 50 years. It grew along with the town of Richards Bay, and is today an award-winning force to be reckoned with.

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74. BEST LIQUOR STORE – Tops at Town Square & Tops at 5Five Ways

Tops at Town Square and Tops at 5Five Ways For those older than 18, Tops at 5Five Ways and Tops at Town Square can cater to any of your liquor needs. Be it an ice-cold beer, a tall glass of wine or some whiskey on...

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71. BEST LAWN MOWER CENTRE – Haig’s Mower and Chainsaw Centre Empangeni

Haig’s Mowers and Chainsaw Centre Haig’s Mowers have been in Zululand for the past 50 years and there is a good reason for this. At Haig’s you are guaranteed quality products, excellent customer care and knowledgeable staff that can help you with any of the...

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68. BEST INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER – Vodacom Richards Bay

Vodacom ‘What’s the Wi-Fi password?’ is a question that many people are asked once guests have made themselves comfortable these days. In current times, especially considering the pandemic, an internet connection is a necessity and if you want the best, Vodacom is the way to...

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67. BEST HOTEL – Imvubu Lodge Richards Bay

Imvubu Lodge Nestled in lush indigenous surroundings, Imvubu Lodge offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle. The lodge offers various accommodation options, as well as a beautiful function venue for all sorts of parties. Guests have several dining options at The Reeds restaurant...

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66. BEST HOSPITAL – Melomed Richards Bay Private Hospital

Melomed Private Hospital Melomed has only been operating for a few years but has obviously made a good impression on the Zululand community as they have raked in another win in the Best Hospital category. This is due to the hospital having state-of-the-art facilities, some...

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65. BEST HOME/ BUSINESS AIR CONDITIONING – Exland Air Conditioning Richards Bay

Exland Zululand is notoriously known for its sweltering heat, and a Zululand home without air-conditioning can sometimes be unbearable during the hotter months. This doesn’t have to be an issue though, thanks to Exland air-conditioning which has been keeping the Zululand populace cool and calm...

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64. BEST HEALTH SHOP – Dis-Chem Richards Bay

Dis-Chem Richards Bay Dis-Chem was established in South Africa in 1978 and has slowly worked its way up to becoming one of South Africa’s most revered pharmacies and health stores. In 2014 Dis-Chem was voted the best pharmacy brand by Reader's Digest South Africa. Dis-Chem...

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62. BEST HARDWARE/DIY STORE – Roy’s Mica Empangeni

Roy's Mica Empangeni From camping equipment to building supplies and hardware, arts & crafts products and even a nursery, Zululanders love Roy's Mica. It's the friendliest and best-stocked hardware store in Zululand. A hidden gem well worth discovering for any DIY enthusiast.

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61. BEST HAIR SALON – Salon Jolie Empangeni

Salon Jolie A lady doesn’t just trust anyone with her hair. She would travel far and wide to find the best hair salon. Thankfully, there is Salon Jolie. Winner of this year’s Best Hair Salon category, Salon Jolie is a well-respected and seasoned hair salon...

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60. BEST GRANITE SUPPLIERS – Graniteworx Richards Bay

Graniteworx Granite is known for being extremely hard and durable, much like the reputation of Graniteworx as they have once again been voted Zululand’s best granite supplier. There’s no one else in town you want to get your granite from.

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58. BEST GLASS MERCHANT – PG Glass Richards Bay

PG Glass Richards Bay PG Glass can help you to see clearly, as they focus on the repair, replacement and installation of automotive, residential and commercial glass. PG Glass is known as one of the best glass merchants in the country and is clearly considered...

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56. BEST GARAGE/FILLING STATION – Caltex John Ross Empangeni

Caltex John Ross Caltex John Ross has once again been voted the best garage and filling station in Zululand. This is owing to the fact that they are well known for fast and friendly service, and also have a well-stocked FreshStop that is open 24...

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51. BEST FUNERAL SERVICE – Amathole Funerals Empangeni

Amathole Funerals Empangeni Amathole Funerals has been operating for 14 years and has 42 outlets nationwide. Amathole Funerals promises to deliver tasteful and respectful funerals for its clients, to give the deceased the best possible send-off they could wish for.

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49. BEST FRESH PRODUCE – Food Lover’s Market Richards Bay

Food Lover's Market Richards Bay Food Lover’s Market has always been known as the place to get the freshest fruit and veggies around, but now Zululand has confirmed them as being the best, by voting them as having the best fresh produce in the area....

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48. BEST FISHING EQUIPMENT STORE – Basil Manning Fishing Equipment Richards Bay

Basil Manning Basil Manning is a fishing equipment store that operates countrywide and is therefore able to offer customers top of the range fishing gear, apparel and equipment. The saying goes that a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at the...

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46. BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING / BROKERS – Botha & Associates Empangeni

Botha & Associates Empangeni Don’t just save your money, let your money work for you. Botha & Associates are the best in the business when it comes to this as they specialise in tax consulting, auditing and accounting.

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44. BEST ESTATE AGENCY – Leapfrog Property Group Richards Bay

Leapfrog Property Group Need a new home? Whether you’re looking at upgrading or downgrading property, or simply renting, Leapfrog Property Group has been voted Zululanders’ favourite estate agency that has everyone’s best interests at heart.

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40. BEST DRIVING SCHOOL – Easy Way Driving School

Easy Way Driving School Easy Way Driving School has been teaching Zululanders the ins and outs of the K53 and driving for 20 years, and will therefore be able to help you get your licence in no time at all. This is why Easy Way...

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39. BEST DOOR AND WINDOW SECURITY – Vimba Alu-Dor

Vimba Alu-DOR When it comes to protecting your family and your home, you want the best home barrier security around. Vimba Alu-DOR can offer you this as they have been manufacturing and installing security gates, and aluminium and glass doors in Zululand for years.

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36. BEST COURIER SERVICE – The Courier Guy Richards Bay

The Courier Guy Richards Bay If you have any packages that need to be sent across the province, or even the country, then The Courier Guy is the place to go. They offer fast and safe delivery at reasonable prices. You can either make use...

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34. BEST COMPANY FOR SUPPORTING CHARITIES AND SOCIAL INVESTMENT – D.I.C.E. (Do I Care Enough?)

D.I.C.E. Do I Care Enough?, better known as D.I.C.E., is a charity organisation tied to the Zululand Observer that has been making a difference in the local community since 1973. All the funds raised and donations received by DICE are used to support underprivileged Zululanders.

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30. BEST CATERING COMPANY La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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28. BEST CAR AUDIO – The Radio Shop Empangeni

The Radio Shop Empangeni Music has become a necessity for most people when driving, so obviously you would want your music to sound as good as possible. This is when you head down to The Radio Shop to kit out your car with the best...

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27. BEST CAMPING EQUIPMENT – Roy’s Mica Empangeni

Roy's Mica Empangeni From camping equipment to building supplies and hardware, arts & crafts products and even a nursery, Zululanders love Roy's Mica. It's the friendliest and best-stocked hardware store in Zululand. A hidden gem well worth discovering for any DIY enthusiast.

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25. BEST BUTCHERY – Bluff Meat Supply Richards Bay

Bluff Meat Supply Richards Bay Bluff Meat Supply is one of the most well known butchery chains in KwaZulu-Natal and has 10 other outlets besides the ones situated in the Zululand area. Bluff Meat Supply is renowned for having the freshest and best cuts of...

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23. BEST BURGER – La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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23. BEST BUILDING CONTRACTOR – Paxman Construction Empangeni

Paxman Construction When you’ve got construction work to do, you want a contractor that is passionate, reliable and innovative about the trade. This is where Paxman Construction comes in as they are the contractors Zululanders trust.

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22. BEST BUFFET/ SALAD BAR – La Fusion Chefs Empangeni

La Fusion Chefs (Winner of 10 categories) La Fusion is a new restaurant in town that was voted best of Zululand in nearly all of the food categories. This is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Empangeni area. Offering an extensive menu...

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20. BEST BREAKDOWN SERVICE – Lee’s Breakdown Empangeni

Lee’s Breakdown Services Run out of petrol? Locked your keys in your car? Or just straight up broken down? Lee’s Breakdown Services can be your knight in shining armour if you find yourself broken down on a deserted road in the middle of the night...

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19. BEST BRANDING COMAPNY – Emprint Empangeni

Emprint Empangeni Emprint has been around for five decades and has earned the trust of Zululanders for being the best printing and best branding company as they have once again won both of these categories. Whether it be litho, digital, wide format or screen printing...

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15 BEST BED COMPANY – Beds Snore Richards Bay

The Beds Snore A good night’s rest is only as good as the bed you’re sleeping on. If it’s time for a new bed, visit Beds Snore. They stock a variety of brands at affordable prices – and they’re the winner of this year’s Best...

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14. BEST BED AND BREAKFAST – Oliver’s B&B Mtunzini

Oliver’s B&B Want to relax in a warm and welcoming environment, with nature a few footsteps away? Go on, indulge yourself. Visit Oliver’s Bed & Breakfast in Mtunzini to set your sights on some stunning sea views and settle down for a few days of...

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13. BEST BEAUTY AND HEALTH CENTRE – Earth Spa Empangeni

Earth Spa Empangeni Earth Spa Empangeni wins this year’s category Best Beauty & Health Centre. Because escapism isn’t always a luxury holiday somewhere exotic – sometimes it purely involves a relaxing massage or revitalising skin treatment at the best beauty spa in town.

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12. BEST BATTERY SHOP – Battery Centre Empangeni

Battery Centre Empangeni Running out of juice? All you need to do is head down to Battery Centre Empangeni as they stock batteries for all motor vehicles, forklifts and solar panels.

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7. BEST AUTOMOTIVE PARTS/ACCESSORIES – Autozone Richards Bay

Autozone Richards Bay Autozone is a parts and accessories store that operates nationwide and therefore has access to the best quality parts and accessories at the best prices. Whether it be amp booster cables, wipers or tyre gauges, Autozone Richards Bay has it all, which...

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6. BEST AUTOMOTIVE AIR CONDITIONING – Cool Air Empangeni

Cool Air Air-conditioning of all kinds is exceptionally necessary in Zululand due to our heat. Air-conditioning in your car is especially helpful as it ensures you won’t arrive to work drenched in sweat and hot under the collar. This is what Cool Air specialises in.

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4. BEST ARCHITECT – Kwanda Plans Empangeni

Kwanda Plans If you would rather build than buy, then Kwanda Plans is the company for you. Kwanda Plans can help you design, conceptualise and construct the home of your dreams and there is a reason readers voted them to be the best in the...

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3. BEST AMBULANCE SERVICE – Mounties Ambulance and Emergency Services

Mounties Ambulance & Emergency Services In an emergency you would like to have a reliable, fast and competent ambulance service on call to help you as sometimes minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Mounties Ambulance & Emergency Services will be there to...

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1. BEST ACCOUNTANT – Hills Howard & Associates

Hills Howard & Associates A decent accountant can act as a beneficial financial partner for years to come. This is the case with Hills Howard & Associates as they can do so much more for your company than just crunch numbers. They also offer a...

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