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Best of Hello Smart Blog 2018

December 6, 2018
Best of Hello Smart Blog 2018

Can you believe it’s the end of the year? 2018 has certainly gone by in a wink of an eye and now it’s that time of year when everyone is thinking about beachy holidays, planning their Christmas shopping and wondering how on earth 2018 flew by so quickly? And what a year it’s been here at OFS Smart Repair and on Hello Smart Blog… We’ve had BIG developments and BIG changes, but most of all, we had the BEST time! We met kick butt women in business, Annette Griesel of Little, Margaret Whitfield a.k.a the lovely music maven DJ Magpie and our very own Director…

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Cool Spots

Imperial Volvo Bloemfontein

November 5, 2018
Cool Spots • Imperial Volvo Bloemfontein

Imperial Volvo Bloemfontein Zastron St, Bloemfontein Central, Bloemfontein www.imperialbloemfontein.co.za   Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower – Steve Jobs Situated in the heart of mid-town Bloemfontein is the beautiful bespoke showroom of Imperial Volvo Bloemfontein. A modern retail space of contemporary design, chic Scandinavian furnishings and outstandingly stylish Volvo vehicles. The Volvo retail experience concept is one of many important parts of the innovative Volvo way forward and goes far beyond what you see on the surface. Volvo is a brand that believes everything starts with people. What makes them different from other car companies is the principle of…

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Bright Sparks

Busi Maile • Smart Repair Group

September 25, 2018
Busi Maile • Smart Repair Group OFS Smart Repair C3 Auto Body Repair Academy

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower • Steve Jobs Meet Busi Maile. Intelligent, innovative and determined. Busi is as much a lady as she is a leader. Impeccably stylish and graciously smart, she is the dynamic CEO of C3 Auto Body Repair Academy, one of only three Merseta accredited auto body repair training centres county wide, as well as the Director of Stakeholder Relations & Procurement of OFS Smart Repair and the Smart Repair Group. A truly gifted and talented young professional, Busi started her first business in her 20s, a unique training program enabling disadvantaged youth to train and qualify as auto body repair…

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Smart Food • The Thai inspired blushing pink salmon burger

September 12, 2018
Smart Food • The Thai inspired blushing pink salmon burger

Spring is in the air The change of season brings about a switch in my mood for food that lifts my spirits and my energy levels.  Soft pink blossoms on trees evoke feelings of happiness and encourage me to get out of my winter slump with fresh healthy food. This Thai inspired blushing pink salmon burger is complimented by Graham Beck’s Gorgeous Sparkling wine, just what’s needed to keep me in the pink. Ideally the pink salmon burger should be served with a chilled glass of Gorgeous Sparkling wine and shared with friends for an afternoon of laughter. Shopping lists…

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Style

The Bloem influencers to follow on Instagram • Smartguy edition

June 28, 2018
Bloem influencers to follow on Instagram • Tony Peng

Why the Influencers trend is catching on in SA marketing and the names you should get to know. Instagram is where we go to find all that’s fresh, trendy and creative. Growing rapidly year on year, now more than ever, Instagram is one of South Africa’s MAJOR relevant social media platforms. A rise in social media users in South Africa Research firm World Wide Worx reported that Instagram users in South Africa increased 32% between 2016 and 2017 with another 8.5% growth during 2017 and 2018. This is a trend that is in line with smartphone penetration in the country.…

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Cool Spots

Bella Casa Trattoria

March 1, 2018
Bella Casa Trattoria

Bella Casa Trattoria 31 President Steyn Avenue, Westdene, Bloemfontein Bella Casa on Facebook Fancy something delicious, hearty and all-a-round delectable? Well, we know just the place! Situated in the leafy suburb Westdene in Bloem is the delightful Bella Casa Trattoria. A trendy hub of friendly, efficient service and fabulous flavoursome food. The saucy handmade pastas are marvelous and the wood-fired thin-based pizzas an absolute must. Rated by Eat Out: SA’s best guide to SA’s best food, as one of the 500 hottest restaurants in SA for an impressive 4 years running, it’s no wonder Bella Casa is such a firm favourite…

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Bright Sparks

Margaret Whitfield • DJ Magpie

February 27, 2018
Margaret Whitfield • DJ Magpie • Bright Sparks

Ninjastic – the display of certain skills or abilities which are esentially ‘ninja’ in every way imaginable. Meet Margaret Whitfield. Razor sharp and superbly sassy. DJ Magpie is known for her impeccable taste in music and her stealth-like grammatical abilities. Not to mention her killer sense of humour. Attorney of law by day and Music Maven by night. Ninja and fantastic put into one – Ninjastic. She’s one of Bloemfontein’s paramount creative forces. An exceptional collaborator here at Hello Smart Blog and a true friend of the OFS Smart Repair Team. We are delighted to introduce to you, the tremendously talented and…

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Machiel and Jamandi Bekker • The #lekkerbekkers of MKR SA

November 24, 2017
Machiel and Jamandi Bekker • #lekkerbekkers MKR SA

As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen • Winnie-the-Pooh Meet Machiel and Jamandi Bekker. The local-is-truly-lekker dynamic duo of My Kitchen Rules SA. They are loads of fun, genuinely passionate and charming to boot. Loving nothing more than getting together with family and friends, their hearty food is delicious and their festive hospitality simply contagious. They are the exceptional husband and wife team who dared to take a chance on a culinary adventure of a lifetime and very quickly became the firm fan favourites of South Africa with their kind hearts and gutsy determination. They are…

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The Royal Fischer Hotel

October 20, 2017
The Royal Fischer Hotel • Cool Spots

The Royal Fischer Hotel 65 Kameeldoring Drive, Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate, Bloemfontein royalfischer.com Where history and contemporary chic hospitality meet. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in one of the city’s hippest areas, the 5-star Royal Fischer Hotel is Bloemfontein’s latest swanky hot spot. Named after one of South Africa’s greatest historical figures, Bram Fischer, the original homestead was built in the 1800’s by Abraham Fischer (Prime Minister of the Orange Free State and Bram Fischer’s grandfather) and was recently renovated into a luxury boutique-style hotel with 5 exclusive suites and bucketloads of modern style. The combination of a gorgeous historic…

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El’ Jefe Cantina

September 27, 2017
Cool Spots • El' Jefe Cantina

El’ Jefe Cantina The Walk Shopping Centre, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein El’ Jefe Cantina on Facebook When it comes to flavourful food, spicy Mexican-inspired feasts sit pretty high up on our list! If a dish is filled or topped with cheese, chilli or smoky meat and then fried or baked, we’re in. Don’t forget the freshly made salsa, guacamole and lashings of sour cream, or the zingy ceviche that pairs so perfectly with jugs of frozen margaritas or tots of tequila. Located at the The Walk Shopping Centre in Langenhovenpark is Mexican delight El’ Jefe Cantina, Bloemfontein’s latest hot spot. Serving great…

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