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Shoprite blocked from exiting Zambia. A court in Lusaka has blocked South African supermarket chain, Shoprite Checkers, from removing its assets and funds from Zambia until it pays benefits to about 800 workers following the sale of its shares to new owners. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2006
BEE franchisees get IDC boost. State lender, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has pumped R25.5-million into a wholesale loan facility to potential franchisees of Famous Brands. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2006
Franchising drives retail forecourt sales. Convenience shopping is one of the drivers spurring the franchising boom in which revenue from nearly 26 000 outlets soared 48% to R188 billion from R127 billion in the past two years. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2006
Famous gets into the café society. Restaurant franchise and food services group Famous Brands had taken a controlling stake in Gauteng coffee bean roaster and blender Coffee Contact. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2006
New branded eyewear outlet for Greenacres. Port Elizabeth-headquartered Spec-Savers Group has launched its flagship brand, Execuspecs, at the Greenacres Shopping Centre. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2006
Spur stumbles in China. JSE-listed family restaurant franchisor Spur Corporation closed one of its outlets in China due to "extremely challenging" trading conditions. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2006
REMAX communicates with franchisees using SMS. CellSmart Technologies, a Cape-based wireless application service provider (WASP) has developed a solution enabling REMAX to effectively communicate with over 160 franchisees using SMS. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2006
King Pie takes first place at FASA Awards. The annual FASA Awards for brand excellence, held on 12 October, saw King Pie walking away with two prestigious awards, namely Brand Builder of the Year and Franchisor of the Year. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2006
Shoprite 'is in takeover talks'. SA retailer Shoprite is in talks with a private equity firm, the group confirmed on Monday. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2006
Fat-free pizza goes global. During the years he was perfecting the recipe for his fat-free pizza, not once did he envision himself weaving around baboons while driving up a mountain in South Africa to teach someone how to make his special cheese. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
Franchise sector revenue rockets 48% The franchise sector is booming. In the past two years, revenue from 25 879 outlets soared 48 percent to R188 billion from R127 billion in the previous period. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2006
When the doughing gets tough... The market has not exactly been salivating over food franchisor Taste Holdings, which listed on the AltX recently. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2006
Shoprite strike over. A wage agreement between Shoprite Checkers employees and management has ended a three-month countrywide strike, the retail chain said on Thursday. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2006
Hungry for success with Chicken King. Franchise management group Retsol planned to grow the Chicken King brand by more than 20 outlets a year for three to five years, after acquiring a 50% stake in the R100m-a-year franchise for an undisclosed amount. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2006
Eastern Cape travel franchise wins top regional award. Uniglobe Bay Travel, based in Bluewater Bay, has been named the Franchise Association‘s Franchisee of the Year for the Eastern Cape region. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2006
Lack of skills and poor access to finance still plague businesses in SA. Entrepreneurship is an important vehicle in bringing people into the economy to share wealth and participate in the growth of the country, says Thandile Gubevu, seda Executive Manager of Products and Services. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2006
BEE exhibition aims at drawing 4000 visitors. The 2006 BEE Exhibition is less than two weeks away, with organisers scrambling to build on the success of last year‘s event. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2006
Shoprite pickets kick off again. Striking Shoprite-Checkers workers will picket outside all the company's stores on Tuesday, the SA Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) said. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2006

Shoprite strike 'will be stepped up'. The SA Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) has threatened to intensify its strike at Shoprite Checkers. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2006
Spur: The BEE beef. Restaurant franchisor Spur Corporation looks determined to build a strong base of black franchisees - something that could entrench the well known family eatery brand in emerging markets in SA. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2006
Black franchisees on the increase as IDC allocates more funding. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is lending out finance to more franchisees than ever through its franchising business unit. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2006
Shoprite strike rolls on, with drama. The union representing striking Shoprite Checkers workers on Monday claimed police were "openly harassing" its members during pickets. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Franchisees could face tax payback to Sars of deducted royalties. Franchisees may have to pay back over R6 billion in taxes if a recent tax case which the South African Revenue Services (Sars) won against a taxpayer, who attempted to deduct royalty payments that he paid to a franchisor, becomes law. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2006
Bitter Coffee War is Brewing. Coffee drinkers looking for a quick fix of their favourite brew will not have to look far if the expansion plans of various food and beverage companies are anything to go by. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2006
No end for Shoprite strike. A countrywide Shoprite Checkers strike on Monday continued into its 48th day with no settlement to the workers' disputes in sight. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2006
Franchising Expo showcases business opportunities. Gallagher Estate in Midrand will again host the popular Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo (FBOE), from 7 - 10 September 2006. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2006
Summers set to quit as CEO of Pick ’n Pay. Pick ’n Pay CEO Sean Summers announced yesterday that he was quitting his job after 11 years at the helm of SA’s biggest grocery chain. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2006
Pick 'n Pay keeps investors guessing. Pick 'n Pay Stores' invitation to "a special announcement" tomorrow has left investors wondering exactly what the country's largest supermarket group is up to. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2006
Reasons to 'spill the beans on your franchisor'. Franchisees that are being forced to pay more for supplies or to operate only in a certain area, may have a case against their franchisors - that’s the message from Johnson Matshivha of the Competition Commission. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2006
Pick 'n Pay drops after 'special announcement'. Shares of Pick'n Pay Stores Ltd., South Africa's biggest grocery chain, fell after the company said it plans to make a "special announcement'' next week. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2006
Shoprite talks to begin on Friday. Negotiations to end a pay strike by workers at Shoprite Checkers will begin in Johannesburg on Friday, the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) said. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2006
Shoprite strikers 'will still talk'. Striking workers at Shoprite Checkers were still willing to negotiate with the company, their trade union said on Monday. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2006
'Boycott all Shoprite stores'. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Friday called on its members to boycott all Shoprite Checkers stores. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2006
Shoprite strike 'not well supported'. A strike by Shoprite employees did not appear to be well-supported, the retailer said on Thursday. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2006
Italtile cements its market position. Profit growth at Italtile was steady as the country's largest tiling retailer continued to take advantage of the strong home alterations market. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2006
Shoprite staff to strike on Thursday. Members of the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) employed by the Shoprite Group are to embark on a national strike on Thursday after wage talks ended in a deadlock on Monday. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2006
Shoprite staff protest over wages. About 1000 Shoprite Checkers employees were protesting over a wage dispute against the retail giant in Hillbrow on Friday .... [more] 28 Jul, 2006
Famous Brands plans to build new warehouses. Capital expenditure by Famous Brands, the owner of Wimpy and Debonairs Pizza, rose 210 percent to R61.5 million in the year to February to increase food production capacity and keep up with the expansion of its 1165 outlets. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2006
Going with the franchising flow. Think of water services to small towns and rural areas, operated as a franchise by a local start-up entrepreneur, and supported by and subject to the rigorous quality control. .... [more] 4 Jul, 2006
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