International Accelerator Program for Social Franchises

The World Franchise Council of which FASA is an active member benefits from many international franchise programs.  The US International Franchise Association (IFA) has an exciting opportunity for socially oriented franchisors to participate in the Social Sector Franchise Accelerator project together with the University of New Hampshire (UNH).   Applications are welcomed from founders/CEOs of … Read more

Creative Minds Believe the Sky’s the Limit – Whatever Your Age

Marius Lubbe, Managing Director of education franchise, Creative Minds, believes that one has only two choices in life: To move forward, Or to stay where we are, which will, in effect, cause us to go backwards eventually. “Choose to move forward” says Marius Lubbe.  “When you are looking for a job, you need computer skills … 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

Be Part of the 2018 Franchise Business Festival

The Franchise Association of South Africa’s Franchise Expo, which has enjoyed over 20 years as the flagship event for FASA and the industry’s showcase for small business and franchising, was taken to new heights in 2017 with a complete make-over turning into a lifestyle event as the Franchise Business Festival.  On the back of that … 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

Benefits of Belonging to the Franchise Association

FASA has been the guiding force of franchising in South Africa for over thirty years and the growth and stability of the sector is largely thanks to the work that FASA has done over the years to promote ethical franchising. The brands accredited by the Franchise Association of South Africa benefit from the many events … Read more

Why it’s Important to get FASA Accreditation

It is estimated that there are over 750 business systems in South Africa claiming to be franchises. A large number are not accredited members of FASA.  The requirements of becoming an accredited member of FASA are stringent – this no doubt scares off the less scrupulous operators and those who do not have correct structures … Read more

Sherina Sebnath, Sorbet Man Franchisee Caters to Metro Males

Sherina Sebnath has swapped working in a male dominated environment as a chemical engineer to owning the Sorbet Man franchise in Sandton City which caters to the needs of the modern metro male and finds common ground in both. “In both my career as a chemical engineer at Sasol and in my business, the same … Read more