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.