KFC Pilots Renewable Energy in Port Elizabeth

Quick service restaurant chain KFC has taken its first steps into the energy conservation space by announcing its first solar energy restaurants in Port Elizabeth, powered by Solar Africa. The idea was brought to life by KFC franchisee, AKM Foods, which currently owns 34 restaurants across the Eastern Cape. The solar panels were installed in … Read more

Brain Harmonics – How to train your brain

As the franchise sector grows in South Africa, the number of sectors that offer franchises is also growing.  One of the more interesting concepts to go the franchise route is Brain Harmonics that is applying for FASA membership. Their concept offers brain-training sessions to help people with everything from stress and anxiety to learning disorders … Read more

ProCell Franchisee Works His Way Up the Success Ladder

When Bongani Mathabela applied for a position as a shop assistant at ProCell’s Botshabelo’s shop in the Free State, he never in his wildest dreams thought he would end up owning one of their franchises. But with the drive and determination to build a bright future for himself, Bongani worked his way up to technician, … Read more

NRD Capital Acquires Mike’s Kitchen

Emerging global leader in the franchise private equity space, NRD Capital, is expanding its footprint to South Africa with its first acquisition in the country, and on the African continent, the 45-year-old iconic South African family restaurant chain, Mike’s Kitchen.   The US-based enterprise recently revealed its largest investment to date, valued at $335 million … Read more

Sorbet Takes Customer Service to a New Level

Attracting and keeping customers has become crucial to surviving in the retail and service environment where competition is fierce and loyalty fickle. Sorbet, whose franchise is based on their service ethic being the spine of their business and whose franchisees’ live and breathe to improve the lives of others achieve phenomenal results through their caring … Read more

Hats off to Ocean Basket on Their Last Straw Campaign

In an effort to save our seas, franchise brand Ocean Basket will no longer be giving straws with drinks and bags with take-aways. As the ocean and the waterways are their core focus and form the foundation of the Ocean Basket brand offering, they recognise the importance of maintaining an ocean that is healthy and … Read more

Cash Converters Bucks the Economic Trend

On the back of strong franchise growth reported by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) in their latest franchise surveys, Cash Converters, a member of FASA, has shown strong growth with its number of stores expanding by almost 15% in 2017.  By the end of November 2017, the company had opened 11 new stores … Read more

Trends in Franchising for 2018

It’s a known fact that when the world economy undergoes changes – either positive or negative – franchising is standing by to pick up on new trends or gaps in the market and presto – you have a new franchise concept.  The buzz word in global franchising is ‘flexibility and adaptability.’  Whether a result of a … Read more

Spotlight On… Wilcote

If you are looking at buying a franchise, you should start by familiarising yourself with the different business sectors that offer franchise opportunities.  Whilst you may be familiar with a category like fast food because you see well-known brands on every corner, you should also look at what is currently in demand and also what … Read more

From Loving the Food to Owning Three Simply Asia Franchises

Jesse Lemmer’s journey with Simply Asia began years before he opened his first Simply Asia outlet in Benmore Gardens. “It goes back to a holiday memory in Cape Town. I remember sitting at the President Hotel in Sea Point waiting for my father to come back with what he described as “the best meal money … Read more