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Sumari de Ridder adresses guests at the awards. (Photo: Mart-Mari Aucamp)

Mall of the North stars sparkle in 80s fashion

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Neon lights, disco balls, outrageous outfits and the best music of the 1980s personified what is known as The Golden Decade at Mall of the North’s Star Awards ceremony last Wednesday at Bolivia Lodge.
Mall of the North Marketing Manager, Mari Delport, welcomed guests and explained that the aim of the awards was to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that tenants put in to make Mall of the North Limpopo’s favourite shopping destination.
“Every person here tonight played a role in making Mall of the North the place to shop, play and dine. Your skill, attention to detail and service excellence puts you a step ahead and we want to thank you,” she said.
Well-known comedian and actor, Schalk Bezuidenhout, took to the microphone as Master of Ceremonies and also delivered a stand-up routine that had the audience in stitches. His tale of singing in a school choir was a firm favourite and his dance moves spot on.
Bezuidenhout introduced Sumari de Ridder, Mall of the North’s General Manager, who called for a toast to all the tenants who went the extra mile to achieve greatness.
De Ridder said the mall had to make big changes to ensure customer satisfaction some which included a brand new wind lobby at the restaurant entrance, shops being moved around to accommodate newcomers like H&M, which was a major success, and funky new colour schemes for the bulkheads of the restaurant area. She also encouraged store managers and franchise owners to send their staff for Mall of the North’s specified customer service training, which includes a state-of-the-art interactive video presentation.
“We have more changes in store. Ackermans has moved to a larger shop on the lower level and the reason for this is that we will be introducing The Fun Company to Mall of the North in April 2018,” she announced to enthusiastic applause. “Mall of the North continues to undergo exciting new changes as it further cements its place as Limpopo’s foremost shopping destination and extends to make room for The Fun Company together with two delicious new food tenants. The Fun Company will include an arcade, bumper cars, an eight-lane bowling alley as well as a trampoline park.”
De Ridder played a reel of funny moments caught on Mall of the North’s security cameras and set the mood for the rest of the night’s festivities.

Story and photos: MARKI FRANKEN
>>marki.observer@gmail.com

Winners of Mall of the North Star Awards 2017

Best independent trader:
1. Biltong Pret
2. Tux Tailor
3. Icon
Best national trader:
1. Scoin
2. Lovisa
3. American Swiss Jewellers
Best growth % from September 2016 to September 2017:
1. Sport Scene
2. NWJ
3. The Body Shop
Best performing tenant per size – Anchor:
1. Woolworths
2. Checkers
3. Pick n Pay
Best performing tenant per size – larger than 1 000 m²:
1. Dis-Chem
2. Woolworths
3. Truworths
Best performing tenant per size – 999 m² to 250 m²:
1. Trappers
2. Incredible Connection
3. Clicks
Best performing tenant per size – 249 m² to 100 m²:
1. Timberland
2. Icon
3. Spitz
Best performing tenant per size – 99 m² to 50 m²:
1. American Swiss Jewellers
2. Sterns
3. NWJ
Best performing tenant per size – 49 m² to 16 m²:
1. Scoin
2. Lovisa
3. Pandora’s Tobacco
Best performing tenant per size – smaller than 16 m²
1. Biltong Pret
2. Tux Tailor
3. Sweets from Heaven
Best shop front:
1. Old Khaki
2. Truworths
3. Spitz and Queens Park
Public choice for best service:
• Banks and financial services – FNB
• Fast food and take-aways – Debonairs Pizza and Wakaberry
• Retaurants – Ocean Basket
• Best service overall – Woolworths
Valuable contributions to Mall of the North activities:
• Panarottis
• Game
• Trappers
• Debbie Mouton Jewellers
• Amarillo Spur
• PNA

Max Monyemoratho shows off Woolworths’ Stars Award for best performing anchor tenant.

Schalk Bezuidenhout demonstrates a traditional dance that he had to perform in school choir.

Mariza Smit receives the Stars Award for the third place in the Independent Trader category on behalf of Icon.

NWJ won third place in the category for best performing tenant per size – 99 m² to 50 m². Maphefo Mphahlele received the award on behalf of the store.

Fortunate Phiriga is proud to show off Truworths’ Stars Award for winning third place in the category Best performing tenant per size – larger than 1 000 m².

Jurgens Nel receives a Star Award on behalf of Urban Africa Security, while Bruzel Gossmann does the same for Bidvest Prestige Cleaning Services.

The Stars Awards for second and third place winners in the category for best growth % from September 2016 to September 2017 are displayed by Maphefo Mphahlele, NWJ, and Benedictor Morifi, The Body Shop.

Woolworths, represented by Max Monyemoratho, and Dis-Chem, represented by Camilla de Waal won second and first place respectively in the category for best performing tenant per size – larger than 1 000 m².

PC Welthagen, Trappers, and Takalani Melushi, Incredible Connection, with the Stars Awards for first and second place in the category for best performing tenant per size – 999 m² to 250 m².

Janice Orson, Timberland, Mariza Smit, Icon, and Mandla Mahlangu, Spitz with the Stars Awards for Best performing tenant per size –
249 m² to 100 m².

Fortunate Phiriga, Truworths, Alyssia Nathan, Old Khaki, Mandla Mahlangu, Spitz, with their awards for best looking shop fronts at Mall of the North.

Mall of the North thanked stores that offered valuable contributions towards the mall’s activities. In front are Tebogo Semenya for Debbie Mouton Jewelers, Angelique Wolmarans for Spur and Middleton Chingwanangwana for Panarottis. At the back are PC Welthagen for Trappers and Kiewiet Bruwer for Game.

Max Monyemoratho with Woolworths’ Stars Award for the public choice for the best service overall, Lizette Deacon with Ocean Basket’s award for public choice for best restaurant service, Aylon Chochi with the award for best service at a fast food or take-away restaurant that Debonairs Pizza won and Bareng Legodi displays FNB’ public choice award for best service delivered at banks or financial services.

Douglas Ferrier, Jetline, Dewald Albertse, Belo and Kies Construction, Johan Schultz, Logic House Maintenance and Construction and Christien Marx, Bonnet and Associates were thanked for their contributions to the success of Mall of the North.

Jurgens Steyn, CHM Vuwani, Irene Schempers, Catsnip, Beverly Malapane, Jacaranda FM, and Danie Oosthuizen, Vivid Pro, with the Stars Awards that they have received for invaluable contributions to Mall of the North.

Best dressed winners Kori Motimele, second from left, and Mariza Smit, far right,
with Mari Delport, Mall of the North Marketing Manager and Schalk
Bezuidenhout, comedian and Master of Ceremonies.

Members of Mall of the North’s management team show off their Star Awards. They are Mari Delport, Performance Excellence in Marketing Management and Event Planning, Emmah Dikgale, Performance Excellence as Office Assistant, Debbie Pieterse, Performance Excellence in Credit Control and Turnover Management, and Gerhard Bezuidenhout, Performance Excellence in Operations and Maintenance.

Comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout, in front, has a bit of fun with members of the Mall of the North management team. At the back are Mari Delport, Marketing Manager, Sumari de Ridder, General Manager, and Emmah Dikgale, Office Assistant. (Photo: Elna Esterhuysen)