SBi SME Indaba

Thursday 11 April 2019 – 09h00 – 14h30
Bryanston Country Club

We hope you can join us for what promises to be another memorable morning of speeches, debates and inspiration.

Giving us ‘bang for our bucks’ are Keynote Speakers Sipho Pityana, BUSA president and an early and bold voice against state capture; Nozabelo Ruth Bhengu, chair of the parliamentary portfolio committee on small business; and the irrepressible GG Alcock, author of KasiNomics and KasiNomic Revolution – The rise of African Informal Economies.

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The IFE Franchise & Entrepreneurs Expo took Durban by Storm

ife franchise expo opening

Bringing the IFE Franchise & Entrepreneurs Expo to Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal for the first time was a game changer for a province keen to promote entrepreneurship and small business expansion. Hosted by Ithala Development Finance Corporation and in line with their economic growth and job creation mandate, the exhibition focused on the potential of entrepreneurship and offered local people the opportunity to find out more about owning their own businesses.

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Durban is flying the flag for franchising at the Durban IFE Franchise Expo


Whether you’re in the market to buy a fast food franchise or are looking for a small home-based franchise opportunity, the upcoming International Franchise Expo (IFE 2019) hosted by Ithala is coming to Durban on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th MARCH 2019 at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

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Tap into FASA’s Training Initiative


To address the rising unemployment rate and with government committed to allocating large training and empowerment funds, FASA has embarked on getting professional qualification QCTO approval, developed and registered and has been working with the various Seta’s in the development of qualifications for the franchising sector.

To facilitate this job creation and empowerment project, FASA has appointed INANI to identify FASA members to be part of the project and receive resources and funds and would like to invite its members to be part of this initiative.

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Small businesses need a break… to break into the big time!

The recent uproar over Ubuntu Baba baby carriers and Woolworths put the spotlight once again on the small guy versus the big guys and the challenges of small businesses being given the chance to break into the broader market.  As Eustace Mashimbye, CEO of Proudly SA puts it…’every small business dreams of being on the shelves or rails of our so-called big five stores’. FASA is proud to partner with Proudly SA in an initiative that sees up-and-coming suppliers getting exposure to some of franchising’s top brands in a series of supplier workshops that bring both parties to the table.

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FASA’s IFE Franchise Expo comes to Durban for the first time

In a first for KwaZulu-Natal, Ithala is hosting the Franchise Association of South Africa’s (FASA) flagship event – the 21st International Franchise and Entrepreneur EXPO.

pearl-bengu“Ithala approached FASA as part of its efforts to grow its Franchise Fund portfolio and provide SMME’s and co-operatives in KZN with opportunities to enter the franchising industry, not only as franchisees but also a means to convert their businesses into franchises,” said Ms. Pearl Bengu, Group Chief Executive Ithala Development Finance Corporation.

“The exhibition focuses on entrepreneurship. In line with Ithala’s economic growth and job creation mandate we aim to bring investment into KZN and match this with people keen to run their own businesses and have an opportunity for a better life,” she said.

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FNB Franchise Leadership Summit identifies new frontiers in franchising


Quoting the research results from FASA’s recent franchise survey, which showed that despite a tough economy, the franchising sector continues to grow, the FNB Franchise Leadership Summit brought together speakers that identified key trends in this dynamic space.

1. More Multi-Unit Owners, and franchisees owning multiple concepts

What happens once you have mastered the tried and true formula franchises have designed for their franchisees? If you’re like many franchise owners, you start opening another location. And then another. By recreating your success in multiple locations, you can quickly grow your revenues and increase your business’ sustainability. Many franchisee owners are also opening other, non-competing franchise offerings as they grow their businesses in an effort to diversify earnings.

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FNB Franchise Leadership Summit gives FASA members preferential rates

FNB is hosting the 7th Franchise Leadership Summit at Montecasino on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. Themed ‘Equipping you to future proof your franchise’, the summit encourages discussion amongst high calibre franchisors and industry stakeholders and is offering FASA members a special rate of R1 200 per person.

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