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20 Franchises in South Africa 2024

List Of Franchises In South Africa. A franchise is a brand that can be replicated with the owner’s agreement, by businesses of a similar nature. When a business model or brand is implemented successfully, an investor can contact the owner so as to open similar businesses, or to expand the branch network, using the same name. Franchising is, therefore, a kind of license that a party (called a franchisee) acquires in order to allow them to have access to a business’ (called a franchisor) name, logo, and brand identity, thus helping them to sell a product, or to provide a service to the general public.

Franchises help investors to quickly establish themselves in the business environment as they ride on the back of a successful brand, and it also helps the franchisors to rapidly expand, and dominate the market.

Let us now highlight some of the franchises that have firmly established themselves in South Africa, and also talk a little about their history, and their business operations.

Franchises in South Africa

  • 1. ShopRite

The Shoprite Group of Companies is Africa’s largest food retailer and Supermarket Chain. It operates more than 2,934 outlets or shops in about 15 countries spread across Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

The company is publicly traded on the Johannesburg stock exchange, has its headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa, and has several subsidiaries like Checkers, and Computicket (Pty) Ltd.

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  • 2. Spar

SPAR, originally DESPAIR, comes from the Netherlands but is a firmly established franchise brand in South Africa. This multinational group operates as a web of independently owned and operated food retail stores.

It was founded in the Netherlands back in the year 1932 and now has a presence in more than 48 countries, with over 12,770 outlets.

  • 3. Pick n Pay

Pick n Pay is the quintessential family store that was established in 1967. This company has since grown to a behemoth, spreading its tentacles from South Africa into Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Swaziland, and Lesotho. Pick n Pay also owns a 49% share of a Zimbabwean supermarket business, TM Supermarkets. making the later a partly owned subsidiary. They offer to customers focuses on groceries, clothing and general merchandise,

  • 4. Food Lover’s Market

Food Lovers Market is a stylish and modern food emporium that was established by Fruit & Veg City. It is a modern eatery where food aficionados can come to indulge themselves in a range of gourmet foods, even foods from the far corners of the United States, Europe, Australia, Arabia.

  • 5. MiniChess

MiniChess brings us to the mental development department of franchises in South Africa. The MiniChess program was created after years of teaching chess to newbie learners (5 to 9 years of age) as part of the school curriculum, to stimulate the minds of young ones. It has already undergone successful trials at a number of schools in SA.

  • 6. Richfield Graduate Institute Of Technology

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd, which was previously known as PC Training and Business College, started operations back in 1998 in Tongaat as a Computer Training Centre. It has now grown and established branches in various provinces and today has a national footprint spread over 70 locations.

  • 7. Sorbet

Sorbet brings us into the beauty department. This is a nationwide beauty therapy hub with over 200 locations in South Africa. Sorbet offers manicures, pedicures, skincare, and body massages.

  • 8. Candi & Co

Candi & Co are South Africa’s first ethnic hair salon that delivers hair-care services and products that are accessible, affordable and beautiful.

  • 9. Placecol

Placecol is a beauty and wellness establishment. This franchise brand is owned by the Imbalie Beauty group. Apart from the beauty they claim to offer improvement and empowerment, thereby increase the client’s self-esteem.

  • 10. Car Service City

Car Service City, as the name implies, is a nationwide, award-winning network of over 60 maintenance and repairs workshops, that attend to all makes of cars and bakkies. Their business philosophy and ideology involves setting up the most conveniently located workshops, and to offer services at affordable prices.

  • 11. Midas

Midas is a retail store designed around the needs of any vehicle owner. They offer various products, ranging from motor parts and accessories to lifestyle equipment. This business has over 300 franchised outlets in several countries including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

  • 12. Hi-Q

Hi-Q is a business that attends to vehicle owners. They specialize in tyres and have repeatedly been voted the Number 1 Tyre Retail Outlet in South Africa.

  • 13. Chesanyama

Chesanyama is a business that deals with meat. This is a franchise enterprise that brings the local butcher to your doorstep. The company has built a reputation of serving matured A-grade meats, both raw and flamed-grilled, and then they also have a secret traditional pap, as well as sauce and also freshly-cut chips. Customers can place orders over the phone, and online.

  • 14. Nandos

Nandos started in Portugal. You can find Nando’s restaurants, and their delicious, addictive sauces made with spices and peppers, and also their grocery range around the globe.

  • 15. Yami Rib and Burger

Yami Rib and burger is a modern eatery franchise enterprise. More than that, it is a favorite place for young people to socialize and have a delicious meal. This business offers a wide range of mouth-watering meals.

  • 16. Nkukhu Box

Nkukhu Box is a restaurant chain that specializes in grilled chicken, that is prepared in the Kasi “township” flavors and style. They bring quality food and flavours, originating from the South African areas known as e Kasi.

  • 17. Steers

Steers has grown to become one of South Africa’s most recognizable quick-service restaurant brands. The company is known for flame-grilled burgers that are made from 100% pure beef, as well as handmade chips. Other items on their menu include chicken burgers, ribs as well as milkshakes and ice cream.

  • 18. Chicken Licken

Chicken Licken is a South African fast-food restaurant chain that focuses on fried chicken. Chicken Licken has grown to be the second-biggest fast-food brand in South Africa and holds the distinction for being the biggest fried chicken franchise in the world that is not American owned.

  • 19. RocoMamas

Rocomamas is a restaurant chain that attends to the needs of burger lovers. They operate an open-style kitchen where customers can see (and smell) the meals being prepared. A major point of interest is their unconventional interior decor, which seems to appeal to the young, rock and roll teenagers. The company was founded in July 2013.

  • 20. Hot Dog Café

Hot Dog Café is another popular restaurant chain franchise enterprise. The company has an array of delicious menu offerings that customers can enjoy, regardless of whether they are on the run or looking for a casual sit down meal. the company was founded in 1998.