A Tribute to Annie Baptiste

Annie Baptiste

FASA and the franchise fraternity mourn the passing of Annie Baptiste and add their condolences.

Annie Baptiste worked with Eric Parker and has been part of the Franchising Plus family for the past 22 years. It is difficult to put into words the immense contribution Annie has made to the Franchise Industry and business at large as well as the impact she had on those of us who worked with her.

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The franchise sector remembers Pierre van Tonder


The board and members of the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) extend their deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Pierre Van Tonder on his passing. His contribution to franchising as CEO of the Spur Group for 24 years and to the franchise association and the broader franchise community was extensive and he will be missed and fondly remembered.

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A salute to Rajen Reddy


The franchise community extends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Rajen Reddy, the “champion of black economic empowerment and job creator” who died after a month-long battle in an intensive care hospital unit.

Robin van Rensburg, Franchise Consultant who worked closely with Mr. Reddy, franchising his brainchild, Ko-lay Home of Chicken, gave this tribute to a respected and loved colleague.

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A tribute to Andy Raouna

andy-raounaThe franchise community extends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Andy Raouna who spent a great part of his working life in the franchise sector, leaving his mark on several significant brands.

Marlene Mouton, Entrepreneur, Founder and Chairwoman of A+Students Holdings gave this tribute to a dear friend and colleague.

“Andy joined A+Students Holdings in 2017 as CEO and was my trusted friend. Respected and revered by his team and clients locally and abroad. A master at negotiation, he built successful relationships locally and abroad. Under his wing we received 3 international awards.”

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Condolences and a salute to a franchise colleague


FASA and the franchise community take this opportunity to send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Francois Swart, Managing Director of The Specialists Group.

On Sunday, 27 October Francois Swart suffered a brain aneurism and thus started the final fight of his life.

Bongi Zulu, Marketing director at The Specialists wrote this tribute: “I have never known Francois to give up easily, and I know he tried valiantly, but sadly he succumbed and passed away on Sunday, 17 November.

We lost a good man, a respected colleague, true friend but most of all, a loving father to Carmen and Gaby, son to Johan “Blackie” and brother to Johan and Werner. “He will be sorely missed by all, but never forgotten.”

Francois was a man who left his mark in the Franchise Industry where he assisted in the growth and development of a National QSR Franchise to over 300 branches. Following this, he spent 10 years in Executive Management in the Pest Control and Hygiene Industry and for the past 2 years, as Managing Director of The Specialists Franchise Group.

In this role, he developed relationships and friendships that will never be forgotten. He will be remembered as a person with immense knowledge of his industry, respected management skills and a friend that one could truly rely on.

In addition to his love for his daughters, Francois was a true lover of nature, sacrificing many hours as an honorary game ranger in Pilanesberg, fighting rhino poaching, doing insect, reptile, plant and bird surveys, thus making an unselfish contribution to our heritage. He left a void here that can never be filled.

As his friends and colleagues, our thoughts are with his family, and we wish them serenity and inner peace, taking comfort in the knowledge that they were the ones who mattered most.