Pertunia Sibanyoni, finalist for the Positive Role Model Award

Pertunia Sibanyoni

Congratulations to InspectaCar’s Pertunia Sibanyoni, finalist for the Positive Role Model Award, C-Suite, at Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2019.

FASA member Pertunia Sibanyoni, CEO of InspectaCar, was the 4th placed finalist in the Positive Role Model, C-Suite category, in the Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2019. Pertunia is passionate about mentorship, empowerment and women leadership. She is a trailblazer, a change maker and a force to be reckoned with.

The Gender Mainstreaming Awards, now in its 7th year, acknowledges those companies and individuals who have actively worked towards gender diversity at executive and board levels. These companies have successfully transformed their boards while ensuring that aspiring female directors are judged on their corporate governance skills and experience, and not their gender.

Read More

In FASA’S 40th anniversary year, it celebrates the 1990’s – when franchising came of age

Local entrepreneurs

The 1990’s, with its transition to a new democratic dispensation, was interesting in that after years of sanctions and being cut off from the outside world, experts expected an influx of international franchises. While that tsunami never happened – besides McDonalds’s that injected another level of professionalism – the few that did, according to franchise consultant Eric Parker, ‘wanted to participate, but without paying their school fees and suffered the consequences as they could not stay the course and left broken dreams in their wake.’

Local entrepreneurs, spurred on by the wave of optimism sweeping the country, allocated cash and other resources to the development of home-grown franchise concepts from scratch. The nineties saw franchising come of age, both in quantity and quality in sectors as diverse as health and beauty, business to business, home services and education.

Read More

A focus on the 1980’s – The decade of home-grown franchise concepts

struggling economy

As part of FASA’s 40th anniversary year, we take a look at the 1980’s – the decade of the home-grown franchise. With economic sanctions biting hard, several foreign concepts and brands withdrew from the country and caused the virtual drying up of new arrivals. Enforced isolation from foreign concepts did not stop South Africa’s entrepreneurs from picking up international franchise trends or developing home grown franchises which they did with great enthusiasm. Despite economic growth slowing in the early 1980’s and the country hit by a series of droughts coupled with political unrest and isolation, consumers in South Africa embraced the franchise culture. The restaurant and fast food franchises starting expanding offering a variety of menu choices and brands in retailing were ever-growing.

Motorists were spoilt for choice on where to get their cars serviced, new education franchises were offering extra-tutoring services and business-to-business services were on the increase.

Read More

KFC in Atlanta sells out of plant-based chicken in Atlanta

KFC Atlanta

The sight of long queues of people snaking around the corner at a KFC outlet in Atlanta, USA as they wait to order KFC’s plant-based chicken was beamed around the world. But something looked distinctly different…. instead of the bright red so synonymous with KFC, there was a distinctly ‘plant green’ look with the outlet and the packaging in green.

According to a report in the New York Times, KFC’s plant-based version of its classic fried chicken sold out ‘within hours’ after being tested at one of its chains in Atlanta, Georgia. KFC announced that once it had tested its Beyond Fried Chicken at a single location, the consumer feedback it would gather would determine if it was an option to roll out the plant-based chicken alternative in more locations.

Read More

South African students participate in international Abacus festival in Japan

A+students 1

Learners from franchise group A+Students travelled to Japan to participate in a week long Soroban, (Japanese abacus), boot camp. The camp is held every year and math students from around the world attend to advance their math skills using the abacus. This year the boot camp culminated with an International Abacus Festival in Tokyo.

The use of the abacus dates back thousands of years and forms a solid foundation on which to base and build future math learning. Learners can be accommodated from 3 ½ years old and from the onset they are taught the basics of math on the abacus as well as progressing to mental arithmetic from a young age.

Read More

Calling a business opportunity a ‘franchise’ is no guarantee for success

franchise business

“Being involved in franchising for most of my working life I have had the privilege and opportunity to experience the concept of franchising in South Africa in every form and fashion over the years” says Vera Valasis, Executive Director of the Franchise Association of South Africa. “So when the public hears the word ‘franchising’ my opinion is that they associate the concept, in most instances, with very well known brands and category market leaders and by extension assume that it means financial freedom for the owners for these franchised businesses. Therefore many aspiring franchisees are keen and eager to own a franchise in the belief that franchising is going to make them financially independent.”

Read More

PICK N PAY tests plastic-free fruit and veg section

It crept up on us slowly and steadily… and we as consumers embraced it. The convenience of vegetables being cleaned, trimmed and packaged for our convenience; salads ready to eat in plastic containers with compartments for lettuce, tomatoes, olives and feta; fruit sliced for our convenience. Now that we are confronted with a global catastrophe of plastic polluting our world, we need to wake up and go back to doing things ‘the old fashioned way’ by hand-selecting loose produce and using paper bags.

Read More

580 Students to compete in national maths championships


A+Students, the largest maths and mental arithmetic franchise in South Africa who use the abacus as the foundation of their courses, will be hosting their 13th National Championships in Krugersdorp on the 3rd August 2019.

According to Andy Raouna, CEO of A+Students this year’s National Championships will be a keenly contested event with students vying for a place in the South Africa team who will be making their way to Thailand in December to compete against over 20 countries at the PAMA Global Maths and Mental Arithmetic Championships. A+Students have at previous events produced champions and champion of champions and are looking to do so again this year.

Read More

Fasa welcomes a new supplier member – Africa Spice

Welcome to fasa's new supplier member-Africa spice

When one thinks of franchising one automatically thinks of leading franchise brands or the many franchise outlets that take that product or service to the market-place.  But what about the companies that supply products and services to those franchise businesses – from those who shop-fit those eye-catching food outlets to those who make sure their operating systems run efficiently to those who supply the ingredients to make those mouth-watering eats. Read More

Col’cacchio launches cannabis pizza range

Col'cacchio cannabie

Being ahead of the trends curve is vital in today’s cut-throat food business – so hat’s off to FASA member Col’Cacchio on launching their cannabis pizza range!

Italian-inspired restaurant franchise Col’Cacchio and CBD brand africanpure have joined their respective expertise to introduce South Africa’s very first Cannabis pizza range. Following the landmark announcement in recent weeks by the Department of Health, all products that contain a maximum daily dose of 20mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) and are intended for general health enhancement or relief are exempted from the operation of the schedules to the Medicines Act and may now be legally purchased in SA.

Read More