FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
|Outlook for SA franchisees remains trying.
bdlive.co.za - Franchisees are operating in a tough environment that could become even more difficult if interest rates rise further this year, which has implications on franchise funding. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2014
Tom Tailor opens new franchise store in South Africa.
fibre2fashion.com - Tom Tailor Group is continuing to expand its wholesale business in South Africa. The Group opened a franchise store in Westville, Durban on 24 January. ... [more] 31 Jan, 2014
Scooters targets SA’s middle class.
iol.co.za - Scooters Pizza had identified growth opportunities in the middle-class market and, unlike its main competitor Debonairs, which aggressively services low-income earners, it planned to open more restaurants in... [more] 10 Dec, 2013
BOFE has 13% increase in visitors.
bizcommunity.com - The 20th annual Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo (BOFE), held in September 2013 with platinum sponsor Eskom, saw a 13% increase in visitor numbers this year. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2013
U.S. Franchise Trade Delegation Coming to Johannesburg.
allafrica.com - The U.S. Embassy's Commercial Service, in partnership with the IFA and Franchise Times, is pleased to host a U.S. Franchise Trade Mission to Sub-Saharan Africa from September 26 to October 4, 2013. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2013
Famous Brands snaps up Mr Bigg's.
iafrica.com - Quick-service and casual dining restaurant franchisor Famous Brands (FBR) has acquired a 49% stake in leading Nigerian brand Mr Bigg’s. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2013
Cold Stone Creamery Expands into South Africa.
businesswire.com - Cold Stone Creamery continues to expand its footprint with South Africa becoming the 26th country the brand has entered. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
Sorbet Drybar moves to franchising model.
bizcommunity.com - Sorbet is rolling out its new Sorbet Drybar franchise throughout South Africa, following the success of the pilot operation in Johannesburg. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2013
Research shows franchise growth.
mg.co.za - Business owners may be taking strain amid weaker economic growth, but a new survey shows that the franchising sector in South Africa remains relatively strong — generating R302-billion for the economy last year... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
Burger King to expand in gas stations across South Africa.
qsrweb.com - Burger King South Africa Ltd has signed an exclusive agreement with Sasol to expand the brand across the country. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2013
South African fast-food giants make strides in UK.
bizcommunity.com - SA's quick-service restaurant groups are seeing an improvement in the UK market‚ where trading over the past few years has been difficult as rising labour costs and... [more] 5 Jul, 2013
There is cash to be made in franchises.
bdlive.co.za - The markets or gold coin shops are not the only places to seek a return on a lump sum these days. Franchising could fall into the alternative investment category, but do not expect to be able to keep your... [more] 24 Jun, 2013
Famous Brands improves in face of tough trading conditions.
bdlive.co.za - Famous Brands on Monday reported a 22% rise in headline earnings per share to 339c for the year ended February, from 278c a year ago. ... [more] 27 May, 2013
Franchising: A growing business model in South Africa.
africanbusinessreview.co.za - Legal expert Dani Strachan of law firm Adams & Adams reveals why franchising is growing in popularity in South Africa and the advantages it offers. ... [more] 25 May, 2013
Franchising 'a great way to get jobless back to work'.
bizcommunity.com - Franchising could be the answer to South Africa's high and rising unemployment problem, delegates to the International Franchise and Entrepreneurs' Expo in Johannesburg were told Thursday... [more] 13 May, 2013
Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo celebrates its 20th anniversary.
bizcommunity.com - This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of South Africa's most successful exhibitions for a niche, high-value audience of aspiring and established entrepreneurs. ... [more] 6 May, 2013
Burger King hits South Africa's shores.
yahoo.com - The Burger King Whopper will be available for the first time in South Africa when the US fast-food chain opens its first local store in Heerengracht Street on the Foreshore in Cape Town on Thursday. ... [more] 5 May, 2013
Vida e Caffé Africa foray targets Ghana.
yahoo.com - Describing Africa as a "big push", Cape Town coffee brand Vida e Caffé aims to open its first chain in Ghana this year. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
International Franchise & Entrepreneurial Expo opens in May.
bizcommunity.com - The International Franchise & Entrepreneurial Expo, run by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA), will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 9-11 May 2013. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Report reveals underlying success factors in franchising.
bizcommunity.com - The Australian-based Franchise Relationships Institute (FRI) recently released the findings of its international franchise excellence research report... [more] 22 Apr, 2013
Franchising not just about fast food.
moneyweb.co.za - Over the last year, franchises in the services, building, office and home as well as business-to-business sectors have seen buoyant growth. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
Revolutionising SA's franchising industry.
fin24.com - Local entrepreneurs have the ability to revolutionise the South African franchising industry and in so strengthen the economy, says Nicolas de Sousa of Traditional Brands. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2013
Liberty to deny being part of franchises fraud.
yahoo.com - The alleged mastermind of South Africa’s biggest Ponzi scheme, Barry Tannenbaum, may still be hiding out in Runaway Bay, Australia, but it has not taken long for another large-scale financial fraud to hit investors. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2013
Fighting over their fish and chips.
bizcommunity.com - Sibusiso Makwakwa, a franchiser, says his business has plummeted from a turnover of R180 000 a month to just R45 000 since the franchiser set up a direct competitor just 200m away... [more] 21 Feb, 2013
Spur Corporation’s restaurant sales rise 17.5%.
bdlive.co.za - SPUR Corporation, the restaurant franchise group whose brands include Spur, Panarottis and John Dory’s, reported on Tuesday that restaurant sales across its portfolio increased 17.5% in the six months to... [more] 22 Jan, 2013
Franchising in South Africa ‘growing steadily’.
bdlive.co.za - Franchising in South Africa has grown steadily, especially in the fast-food industry, but franchises still face challenges when expanding to other African countries and globally. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2012
Franchising to Play Key Role in Solving Unemployment.
allafrica.com - Franchising could play a key role in helping to solve South Africa's employment crisis if the government establishes an incentive plan to encourage corporates to recognise the viability of the business model. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2012
Creative Coffees partners with Netcare.
bdlive.co.za - The Creative Coffees franchising company - a division of Famous Brands - has been awarded a contract to provide a branded restaurant and retail outlet to hospital group Netcare under the Net Café trademark... [more] 22 Nov, 2012
Something fishy with franchise.
sowetanlive.co.za - An Ekurhuleni franchisee has accused Old Fashioned Fish and Chips of keeping his money without a valid reason. He has joined a long list of others who feel cheated by the enterprise. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2012
Franchisees lash out at Pick n Pay.
mg.co.za - Pick n Pay is at loggerheads with some of its franchisees over claims that the retail giant is making it difficult for their businesses to survive. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2012
Cafe2U Coffee expands into South Africa.
fastcasual.com - Cafe2U, a mobile espresso franchise that has opened five coffee franchises in the U.S. this year, has expanded into South Africa. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2012
Cafe2U signs up South African master.
franchise.net.au - The Australian-born global mobile espresso coffee franchise Cafe2U has just signed a master franchise deal for South Africa. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2012
Chanticleer orders investigation of South Africa operations.
bizjournals.com - Chanticleer Holdings Inc. has directed its audit committee to conduct an independent investigation into possible accounting and financial irregularities for its South Africa operations. ... [more] 25 Oct, 2012
Famous Brands to continue expansion.
bdlive.co.za - In line with its aggressive growth plan, Famous Brands will beef up the presence of its brands over the next six months, adding 134 restaurants, CEO Kevin Hedderwick said on Monday. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2012
Famous Brands to develop a new dairy business.
moneyweb.co.za - Ever-hungry franchise operator Famous Brands has, for a moment, turned its attention away from developing new franchise formats to developing new businesses on the back-end of its supply... [more] 9 Oct, 2012
Australian clothing retailer cottons on to African middle-class markets.
bdlive.co.za - Australian retailer Cotton On Group will expand the presence of its brands in South Africa by opening up to 30 stores across the country by Christmas. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2012
Franchising’s big potential.
thenewage.co.za - The overall performance of South Africa’s franchising industry has held fairly steady, despite the difficult economic conditions, with the average annual growth of around 5% to 7%. ... [more] 8 Aug, 2012
Invest Nigeria targets 200 businessmen for S/Africa Franchise Expo.
businessdayonline.com - The Invest Nigeria Pavilion said it is targeting to take about 200 Nigerian business exhibitors for the forthcoming business opportunities and franchise expo in Johannesburg, South Africa. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2012
Franchising ‘helps SA turn the corner’.
iol.co.za - With attendance figures up, exhibitors and visitors to the Franchise Association of SA’s recent International Franchise Expo agreed that SA had indeed “turned the corner” and could be heading for recovery and... [more] 8 Jun, 2012
IFE 2012 opens with call for SMEs to be taken seriously.
bizcommunity.com - At the official opening of the International Franchise Expo this morning, 17 May 2012, Chairman of the Franchise Association of South Africa Jan Davel called on government and business to recognize the... [more] 17 May, 2012
Franchising provides means to create jobs.
businessday.co.za - The government should look no further than the franchising sector if it wants to develop skills and create jobs, says the new chairman of the South African Franchising Association, Jan Davel. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2012
Franchises vital to job creation.
businesslive.co.za - The Each One Hire One campaign has received an overwhelming response, including from organisations which have been working hard to create jobs. Here is a response from FASA. ... [more] 11 Feb, 2012
The Coffee Stop excels at giving young BEE franchisees a head start.
pretorianews.co.za - The Franchise Association of SA (Fasa) anointed The Coffee Stop as the Newcomer of the Year and Franchisor: Leading Developer of Emerging Entrepreneurs. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2011
Pick n Pay finishes sale of Australian business.
iol.co.za - Pick n Pay has concluded the sale of its Australian business, Franklins, after a lengthy delay, enabling it to focus on fixing its South African operations and expanding in Africa. ... [more] 3 Oct, 2011
Two Curves gyms close.
pretorianews.co.za - To the surprise of members of the Curves ladies’ gyms in Musgrave and Westville, and to the Curves’ operational head office, the couple who own the two franchises closed the gyms’ doors last week... [more] 23 Sep, 2011
Pick n Pay to sell Franklins stores.
businessday.co.za - Pick n Pay, SA's second-biggest food retailer, will sell its Franklins supermarkets in Australia even if a deal with Metcash is blocked by a court on antitrust grounds, its lawyer said. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2011
Pick n Pay again denies Tesco talks.
pretorianews.co.za - Pick n Pay has, once again, denied that it was in talks with UK retail giant Tesco after speculation of a deal resurfaced last week. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2011
Vendors give franchise a lesson.
mg.co.za - Hot Dog Café specialises in entry-level franchising and has a business model especially suitable for young entrepreneurs. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2011
Shoprite rolling in it.
iafrica.com - South African retailer Shoprite Holdings on Tuesday reported diluted headline earning per share of 507.6 cents for the 12 months ended June, up 12.4 percent from the previous year's 451.6 cents. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2011
Shoprite’s Metcash deal approval with conditions.
moneyweb.co.za - The Competition Tribunal on Monday cleared the way for Shoprite to acquire the franchise unit of unlisted rival, Metcash Trading. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2011
sowetanlive.co.za - The new Consumer Protection Act grants franchisees substantial new rights, but poses challenges for franchisors, Candice Meyer, a partner at Webber Wentzel, says. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2011
Pick n Pay to axe up to 3000 staff as market share slides.
businessday.co.za - Of its 36 673 corporate retail workers, the company said, it might retrench about 3137 employees, excluding workers at franchise stores. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2011
Russo’s to open in South Africa.
pizzamarketplace.com - Fresh from his expansion success in The Middle East, restaurant owner Anthony Russo is bringing his Russo's concept to South Africa. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2011
Pick n Pay opens first store in Mozambique.
businesslive.co.za - Africa's second-largest food retailer, Pick n Pay, announced on Thursday that it was opening its first store in Mozambique, located in Maputo. ... [more] 23 Jun, 2011
Spur to buy 60% stake in Cappuccino's.
iol.co.za - Franchise restaurant group Spur Corporation (SUR) announced on Monday that it would acquire a 60% stake in Cappuccino's, the cafe and pizzeria restaurant franchise, for about 25 million rand in cash. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2011
Franchising Expo set to impress.
thenewage.co.za - The annual International Franchise Expo (IFE), hosted by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA), happens today and tomorrow at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. ... [more] 26 May, 2011
CPA to rein in franchisors.
citizen.co.za - The Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which came into effect on April 1, 2011, imposes a number of obligations on franchisors to root out those who lure unsuspecting franchisees into dubious agreements. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2011
Govt jobs quest overlooks franchising.
iol.co.za - Government is overlooking a vital business sector in its quest to create five million jobs in a decade, the Franchise Association of SA (Fasa) said on Friday. ... [more] 25 Mar, 2011
Anti-apartheid activist takes over McDonald's in S.Africa.
yahoo.com - Cyril Ramaphosa, once seen as a possible successor to Nelson Mandela and now a leading businessman, said Thursday he is taking over the McDonald's fast food franchise in South Africa. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2011
S.Africa's Shoprite to buy Metcash franchise unit.
reuters.com - Africa's biggest grocer Shoprite has agreed to buy the franchise unit of unlisted South African rival Metcash Trading for an undisclosed amount, the two companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2011
Spur freezes expansion in UK and Australia.
thestar.co.za - Franchise restaurant group, Spur Corporation, will continue to expand in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa in the months ahead. But further expansion in the UK and Australia is on hold... [more] 4 Mar, 2011
Petroleum sector set to fuel franchising.
businessday.co.za - Standard Bank believes the petroleum industry could help the growth of the franchising industry in South Africa. ... [more] 12 Jan, 2011
Woolies ‘will shut franchise stores’.
iol.co.za - The Woolworths Franchise Association (WFA) has told the Competition Commission that Woolworths’ proposed acquisition of its franchise stores will have significant adverse effects... [more] 10 Dec, 2010
Australian watchdog starts legal proceedings to prevent Franklins sale.
businessday.co.za - Supermarket Pick n Pay said it was looking forward to having an Australian court adjudicate in its dispute with the antitrust regulator over the proposed sale of its Franklins unit. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2010
Ups and downs of franchising.
timeslive.co.za - Franchising as a business model is healthier than ever before, new research suggests. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2010
Famous buys O'Hagan's.
iafrica.com - Famous Brands announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the franchise agreements, trademarks and intellectual property of the O'Hagan's Irish Pub and Grill brand from O'Hagan's Franchising for... [more] 30 Nov, 2010
Protests as Pick n Pay closes.
epherald.co.za - Employees at Pick n Pay in Heugh Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, face a bleak Christmas after they were told yesterday the store was closing immediately. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2010
Pick n Pay increases Zim shareholding.
businessreport.co.za - Pick n Pay has increased its stake in the Zimbabwe operation TM Supermarkets in a deal worth about US13 million, the retailer said on Tuesday. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2010
Famous Brands sees sales drop.
busrep.co.za - Famous Brands experienced a marked decline in sales in the months immediately following the World Cup, the fast food group said yesterday, and warned that subdued consumer spending could curtail... [more] 26 Oct, 2010
Pick n Pay may sell Australian stores via tender.
busrep.co.za - Pick n Pay may sell its Franklin stores in Australia individually or in groups via a tender process, the JSE retailer said on Monday. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2010
Ogilvy/Frieze Films collaborate on new KFC ad.
bizcommunity.com - One of South Africa's most respected performance directors, Frieze Films' Tony Baggott, has collaborated with Ogilvy South Africa and KFC on an engaging new television commercial for the food-on-the-move... [more] 8 Oct, 2010
Clicks expects 30% profit rise.
businessday.co.za - Clicks Group, the owner of retail pharmacies and the Musica entertainment retail chain, yesterday predicted a 25%-30% rise in its earnings per share for the 12 months to August. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2010
Why is Woolworths buying out its franchises?
businessday.co.za - Click through for more Q&A on BusinessDay.co.za. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2010
Famous Brands Grows Acquisitions Appetite.
allafrica.com - Brands was counting on weak consumer spending to make potential acquisitions cheaper, CEO Kevin Hedderwick said yesterday. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2010
Famous Brands makes belated foray into chicken sector with Giramundo buy.
busrep.co.za - Famous Brands would open at least 20 outlets a year over the next five years of its new chicken fast-food brand, the group said yesterday. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2010
Franchisees settling old Scores.
mg.co.za - When Mandla Sibeko opened a Pick n Pay store in Kliptown, Soweto, in 2008, it was a defining moment for both Sibeko and the retailer. ... [more] 30 Jul, 2010
Pick 'n Pay to open more stores in Zambia.
busrep.co.za - South Africa's Pick 'n Pay will open seven stores in Zambia in the next five years as the country's second biggest grocery retailer builds its presence in the continent. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2010
World Cup fattens food franchises.
pretorianews.co.za - South Africa's franchise restaurants benefited handsomely from World Cup tourism, the company that owns them said on Monday. Sales across Famous Brands' local restaurant network grew 24%... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Franchise proves winning formula.
busrep.co.za - Luxury goods group Richemont opened nine more franchises last year. The world’s largest producer of luxury products, with brands such as... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Pick n Pay plans Africa expansion.
busrep.co.za - Pick n Pay should use the proceeds from the sale of its struggling Australian operations to compete more effectively in South Africa and expand its footprint in the region, analysts said. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2010
Famous Brands launches BEE programme.
busrep.co.za - Integrated food and beverage business Famous Brands on Monday said it had launched a Black Economic Empowerment owner-driver initiative aimed at developing entrepreneurs. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2010
Bigger business and franchise expo at the dome.
bizcommunity.com - The new-look Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo will run from 16-19 September 2010 at the Coca-Cola dome in Northriding. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2010
State's Small Business Body Writes Off Millions.
allafrica.com - The government's wholesale small business promotion agency Khula had written off R220,6m of its loans advanced to its intermediary clients and partners between 2003-04 and 2009-10. ... [more] 20 May, 2010
Franchisees get legal protection.
fin24.com - The franchise industry is set to undergo major changes that will see franchisees begin to enjoy more protection from the arm of law. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2010
No joy for clients - Franchisor responds, but complainants are not satisfied.
sowetan.co.za - For the past two weeks we have been running reports about Multiserv franchisees who said they have been given a raw deal by the company. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2010
Multiserv cheated us, say entrepreneurs.
sowetan.co.za - After last week’s publication about the challenges faced by an entrepreneur who claimed she had been unfairly treated by Multiserv, Consumer Line received other complaints from entrepreneurs about... [more] 1 Mar, 2010
Cell C franchisees up in arms.
fin24.com - Anger is growing among franchise owners of Cell C stores, who claim the cellular telecommunications firm has not been transparent in its decision to restructure its national stores network. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2010
Cell C revamps franchises.
fin24.com - Cellular telecoms company Cell C has said it is restructuring its reseller network, a process that will see some existing franchisee agreements being discontinued. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
Mortimer Harvey wins Innscor Africa franchise business.
biz-community.com - Zimbabwe-based Innscor Africa Limited has appointed Mortimer Harvey to handle all advertising for the company's ‘fast food' or ‘quick service restaurant' (QSR) franchise division. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
Franchising lessons from Mugg & Bean's founder.
bizcommunity.com - The real enemy of the hospitality industry is ourselves, and unless we change our thinking about the industry's fragmentation and keep up with trends, we are headed into big trouble... [more] 25 Feb, 2010
Franchising directory available to public.
bizcommunity.com - The annual franchising directory from the Franchise Association of Southern Africa (FASA) will go on sale at selected bookstores countrywide. This is the first time the directory will be made available to the public... [more] 24 Feb, 2010
Street vendors to join franchise.
fin24.com - A new business concept will attempt to get street vendors involved in what will be the country's largest franchise group. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2010
South Africa's famous restaurant Spur Steak Ranches opens in Dubai.
ameinfo.com - At last, the UAE will have the opportunity to experience 'the vibe' of South African's old and loved steakhouse, Spur Steak Ranches. AMA General Trading has secured the GCC franchise for Spur. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2010
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