These general conditions of entry apply to ALL categories:
The FASA Award entry documents have been re-written and compiled by Margaret Constantaras, a respected research specialist, accredited by the Southern African Market Research Association. She will act as the adjudicating judge together with industry stalwarts and past FASA Chairpersons Kobus Oosthuizen, Rasheed Kathrada, Kurt Illetschko and Christo Calitz.
Kobus Oosthuizen served as FASA's Chairman from 2006 – 2008. His experience in franchising ranges from being a franchisee, a franchisor to founding SA Franchise Warehouse, an on-line and printed media platform promoting franchise opportunities. He is currently involved in a funding initiative through the Jobs Fund.
Rasheed Kathrada who served as Chairman of FASA in 2011 currently serves as an Executive Director of Kathrada Global Investments. Rasheed has a keen interest in corporate strategy, corporate governance and business development and in 2008 was approached to launch the Applebox Accounting franchise brand as part of the SAB&T Ubuntu Group, which listed in the same year.
Kurt Illetschko served as Executive Director of the association and currently writes many articles and various publications on franchising for the industry and public at large.
Christo Calitz has been involved with the franchising industry for over twenty years working on some of South Africa's most iconic brands. He was CEO of Pleasure Foods for ten years and later appointed CEO of Taste Holdings Food Franchising. For the past two years, he has run his own consultancy focusing on strategic and creative business and brand repositioning.
Mzwanele Memani is the Franchise Director at the Departmnet of Small Business Development, responsible for developing programmes to support small businesses and aspirant entrepreneurs to participate in the franchising sector. Mzwanele was instrumental in the develeopment of a micro franchising programme aimed at the identification, selection and packaging of successful small businesses as potential micro franchisors.
Veronica Wainstein worked for two years at global agency, Net#work BBDo on brands like Cell C, Woolworths and Gillette. In 2008 I accepted a job at Penquin with the opportunity to launch an Automotive brand back into South Africa. As Business Unit Director Suzuki Auto SA was my baby for six and a half years until I handed over the reigns. I am now serving as Managing Director of Penquin which is a dynamic agency boasting clients such as Suzuki Auto SA, Microsoft, X-box, AMEX, Phumelela Gaming and Leisure and Barloworld to name a few. During my time at Penquin I have had extensive exposure to the retail and franchise industry, including the roll out of Suzuki’s dealer network when they launched and Microsoft store-in-store with Incredible Connection.