Do you want to start a business in South Africa by buying a franchise? If YES, here are 50 best franchise opportunities in South Africa and their cost.

When we talk about franchising in the continent of Africa, it is obvious that South Africa is one of the leading countries that participate in this business model. Statistic shows that there are more than 600 brands in South Africa publicly offering franchise business opportunities through various print and digital media platforms, exhibitions and other advertising campaigns.

So, if you are considering starting a business in South Africa, one of your best options is to go the route of franchising and this article will help you make a good choice especially if you have not made up your mind on the industry to build your business on. Here are 50 popular franchise opportunities (both international and local) in South Africa and their cost.

50 Best Franchise Opportunities in South Africa and their Cost

  1. Rockefeller Real Estate

Rockefeller Real Estate is based on a strong, local, national and international portfolio. Their focus is on the sale and placement of high-quality real estate and land as well as commercial real estate. The Rockefeller family is a team of employees for whom nothing is impossible. They are firmly convinced that their expertise and proven solutions, achieve what is seemingly unattainable.

Financial Requirements

  • Initial investments – $15,000 – $70,000
  • Royalties – $6,000 – $35,000
  • Franchise fees – varied
  1. Advanced College SA

Advanced College SA is a Pretoria business that started in 1999 as a College that trains Accountants, Bookkeepers and Admin staff, Advanced College SA also approved as Sage Pastel Accounting onsite trainers. Advanced College SA believe in Career Driven Education, they provide school learners the opportunity to obtain Sage Pastel Accounting certification before the end of Grade 12, giving them an advantage over other schools and learners. Advanced College

SA also adds the opportunity for learners to become pilots before the end of grade 12 and for those serious about a professional sports career.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 300 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 150 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • Management services fee – 15%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Africa Skills Village

Africa Skills Village has been changing people’s lives since it was founded in 2007. Their management, staff, franchisees, students, host employers and other stakeholders are part of the Proudly Africa Skills family and encourage creativity and innovation. Achievements from both staff and students are recognized and rewarded.

Africa Skills Village is accredited as a training college with the Department of Higher Education and Training, Quality Council for Trades and Occupations and various SETA’s. They are changing lives by developing skills at an individual, enterprise and community level throughout Africa. Their programmes focus on addressing scarce and critical skills shortages on the continent.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 400 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 80 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 1.2 Million
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • Marketing fee – R 100 per learner registration
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. SmartPA

SmartPA are the leading providers of outsourced administrative, secretarial and PA support to businesses around the world (South Africa inclusive). SmartPA offers a unique opportunity to become part of a leading global brand.

Their team of SmartPA Partners are a community who support each other in delivering world-class services to businesses in every sector. Their not-for-profit mind-set at head office disregards the pyramid structure common in traditional franchise opportunities to allow their partners to flourish individually and as a team.

Financial Requirements

  • Cash Required – €19,500
  1. Barksole

Barksole was established in Cape Town in 1957 by George Kavnat, a leather merchant, who opened the first shop in Upper Darling Street. A few years later, Mr Kavnat brought his nephew, Trevor Jackson, into the business. Under Mr Jackson’s guidance, the business expanded, opening outlets throughout Cape Town over the years.

In 2016, Barksole merged with Kurgan Kenani Leather, the largest manufacturer of small leather goods for corporate and hospitality in South Africa, established in 1928. Post-merger, the repair clinic has become the largest of its kind in South Africa, capable of doing repairs to more products than ever before. The Barksole HQ is now in Woodstock, together with the Kurgan Kenani Leather goods factory.

With over 30 retail outlets now in operation, three of which are owned by the company, Barksole is now the largest multiple repair service chain in the Western Cape. They are a household name, recognized for the depth of their experience, efficient service from qualified and enthusiastic staff and owners, high quality materials and professional workmanship.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 300 000 – R 550 000
  • Initial Working Capital R 100 000 – R 200 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • of Outlets – 33
  • Available Opportunities – 10
  • Management services fee – 5% – 7%
  • Marketing fee – Up to 2%
  • Initial agreement term – 5-10 Years
  • Renewal term – 5-10 Years
  1. Mail Boxes Etc. – Master Licenses

Mail Boxes Etc. is one of the world’s largest networks of retail centers offering logistic, communication and business support services to business and private customers.

They are looking to develop the Mail Boxes Etc. brand and network throughout the world (South Africa inclusive). To achieve this, they are looking to attract successful, motivated and entrepreneurial businessmen and women to own and operate franchise master license agreements.

Financial Requirements

  • Cash Required – €100,000
  1. Chem-Dry®

Chem-Dry® is the largest carpet cleaning organization in the world and in South Africa. Chem-Dry® SA was established in 1993. They have a network of 60 well trained Franchisees with an outstanding reputation in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Chem-Dry SA was named Chem-Dry’s Master Franchisee of 2013 at the Devere International Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee, in October 2013.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 175 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 48 500
  • Initial Working Capital – R 30 000 – R 60 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – R 48 500
  • Outlets – 61
  • Available Opportunities – 16 (Please contact Chem-Dry SA directly.)
  • Management services fee – R 1 750 pm
  • Marketing fee – R 1 750 pm
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 10 Years
  1. Captain DoRegos

Captain DoRegos was founded in 1972 by the DoRegos brothers with the first store opening at Grootte Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. In 1993, the concept converted to a Franchise brand with 8 initial franchise stores. The new owners came on board in March 2018 and after consolidating the brand, are looking to expand the brand by ±10 stores per year over the next five years.

Captain DoRegos is a fast food franchise that prides itself on a variety menu. The target market is lower to middle LSM groups with stores ranging from sites at taxi ranks to strip malls and malls. Typical stores range from 80m² – 120m² with staff compliment ranging from 8-14 people depending on store size.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 1 Million
  • Initial franchise fee – R 50 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 75 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • of Outlets – 37
  • Available Opportunities – (Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Northwest & Limpopo.)
  • Management services fee – 4%
  • Marketing fee – 2%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Chicken Xpress

Chicken Xpress was established by Devon Scoulelis in 2011 and they started franchising same year. Chicken Xpress is more passionate about building a truly African brand, something by Africans for Africans. They are set to spread across the country through a well implemented and sustainable store roll out programme.

The Chicken Xpress brand is truly South African and has its values firmly based around the local community. All stores will be conveniently located in high volume emerging market trading areas, on busy nodal transport interchanges and/or in busy shopping centers. Strict criteria are applied in evaluating target store locations including the presence of key national anchor tenants and major national retail groups.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 1 193 379
  • Initial franchise fee – R 95 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 70 000 Opening Stock + 3 to 6 months wages & rental
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • of Outlets – 27
  • Available Opportunities – Nationally and Across Africa
  • Management services fee – 5% of Turnover
  • Marketing fee – 1,5% of turnover
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. eBonds

eBonds was established in Durban by Graeme Johnston in 2009 and they were able to open their 1st franchise in 2011. eBonds is a residential bond originating company that has the necessary initiative and expertise in bond originating needed to address the growing residential home loan market in South Africa and to provide trusted property finance services to financial institutions and the potential property buyer.

With 12 Franchises throughout South Africa, eBonds are becoming known for their knowledge and service in the property industry. With more Franchises coming on board they are able to do more national advertising and branding.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 2 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 15 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 5 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • of Outlets – 12
  • Initial agreement term – 12 Months
  • Renewal term – 12 Months
  1. FICS

FICS originated over a 25 years period when specialist services were performed for the Road Accident Find (RAF), attorneys and Auditors were integrated into the FICS Franchise model. FICS utilized this accumulated expertise, best practices, templates, electronic and IT systems and developed a business model.

It includes the FICS Mobile App to capture all merit aspects of accidents shorty after they occur as well as the FICS IT Management System which coordinates and integrates all interventions, costing, data, client instructions and status reports. FICS started its business model in 2016 and the first FICS Franchisees were trained in May 2017.

Currently 20 Franchises are sold and operational in 6 Provinces. FICS is a business-to-business service Franchisor. FICS Franchisees are offering services where the current level of services has dropped and in some cases become non-existent.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 210 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 110 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 80 000 to R 150 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 0 – 20%
  • of Outlets – 145 in total
  • Available Opportunities – 125 still available
  • Management services fee – 7%
  • Marketing fee – 3%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Food Lover’s Market

Food Lover’s Market, is a theatre of food leading in fresh produce offerings. It stocks not just a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables, but baked goods, butchery and fresh fish. The Food Lover’s Market team regularly cross the globe in search of the latest international trends in food and they bring back what they see. Food Lover’s Market was started in 1993 by brothers Brian and Mike Coppin.

Since the beginning it has been a family business, with emphasis placed on good family values such as wholesomeness, trust, honesty and integrity. The brothers’ vision was to create a store that would resemble a marketplace of old, where farmers brought their fresh produce from their farms to be sold to the public.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 8 to R 12 Million
  • Initial Working Capital – R 1,5 to R 2 Million
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • Management services fee – 2% of turnover
  • Marketing fee – 0.5% of turnover
  • Initial agreement term – 10 Years
  • Renewal term – At discretion of the franchisor
  1. Experimax

Experimax is a one-of-a-kind concept. They specialize in offering quality, pre-owned Apple® products and accessories, making repairs, taking trade-ins, and providing software and system updates. These products and services are in high demand and can all be found in one place – your Experimax store. New Experimax franchisees have the opportunity to join one of the fastest-growing franchises and get in on the ground floor of this innovative concept.

For entrepreneurs who wish to invest in a franchise concept but don’t know where to turn, Experimax is a wise solution. Experimax offers customers technology expertise and equipment that has some of the highest resale values in the industry. Experimax offers a thriving franchise model that capitalizes on multiple revenue streams, a potentially vast customer base and specialization in a brand with high customer loyalty.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 1 750 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 250 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 120 000
  • Minimum owner’s contribution – R 1 Million
  • of Outlets – 5
  • Available Opportunities – 27 Opportunities countrywide.
  • Management services fee – 5%
  • Marketing fee – 2%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Coffee News SA

Coffee News was created by Jean Daum in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1988. Jean was an expert in super-learning and subliminal techniques, and she employed many in the layout of Coffee News. The success of the paper is proven – 30 years later it is still working for thousands of advertisers, and loved by readers the world over. Coffee News is a weekly publication offering exclusive (one of a kind) advertising to local businesses.

Each franchisee owns the rights to publish a paper in a pre-defined local area. The papers are distributed weekly around coffee shops, restaurants, take-aways, hair salons, car show rooms – any business that has a waiting area – where readers with disposable income enjoy its light-hearted, interesting content.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 90 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 85 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 10 000 to R 15 000 per month
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • of Outlets – Approximately 700 worldwide (12 countries)
  • Available Opportunities – Country-wide, prime areas available
  • Management services fee – R 800 per week (No management services fee for the first three months)
  • Marketing fee – R 300 per month
  • Initial agreement term – 4 years
  1. Legendary Retail Brands

Legendary Retail Brands, started as Burgandy Rose Trading 64 Limited, as the company that gave MICA Hardware a fresh start in 2009 when the Mica members banded together to purchase the Mica brand outright from Super Group. Under Burgandy Rose, Mica’s success grew to such proportions that it enabled its Shareholders the opportunity to bring additional brands into the stable.

In 2010, Legendary Retail Brands bought the House of Paint & Décor Brand from ChemSpec and in a strategic move in 2012, incorporated DIY Depot into the fold too.

  1. Leapfrog Property Group

Leapfrog Property Group is South Africa’s first empowered residential real estate group. The company is 70% owned by New Deal trust and its trustees are Bulelani Ngcuka and founder and chairman, Jan le Roux. Leapfrog Property Group have a commission and incentive structure that is unparalleled in the real estate industry.

Additionally, their agents have the opportunity to acquire shares in the company. Furthermore, because they feel that the industry is lagging dramatically on the transformation front, they are embarking on an aggressive head – hunting drive to recruit the best agents in South Africa.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Management services fee – 5.5%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Super 8 Worldwide

Super 8 Worldwide, formerly Super 8 Motels, is the world’s largest budget hotel chain, with hotels in the United States, Canada and China. The company is a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide, formerly a part of Cendant. As of May 2014, the company website listed 2,392 hotels worldwide. As per the 2006 company reports, Super 8 had 2,039 properties open with 123,982 rooms in the US and Canada.

Super 8 now offers guests standard amenities at every motel and hotel, including a continental breakfast, wireless Internet access, hair dryers, coffee makers, and a lobby area. Some locations have pools and meeting rooms. A few of the larger Super 8’s have restaurants.

Financial Requirements

  • Initial investments – $209,638 – $4,444,387
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $25,000
  • Ongoing Royalty Fee – 5.5%
  • Ad Royalty Fee – 3%
  1. LiftFill Field Services

LiftFill Field Services was established in 2013 after the founder and CEO spotted a gap in the retail automotive spares market. He developed and patented a machine which can re-gas gas springs and they also supply new gas springs for the automotive market. After five years, LiftFill Field Services customer base and revenue has grown exponentially as they are servicing the entire Gauteng as a mobile service.

LiftFill Field Services customer base includes spare shops, workshops, second hand car dealers, the engineering industry, the mining industry and even civil aviation. LiftFill Field Services have identified 70 possible areas for franchises. Their goal is to be the only choice in gas springs in Southern Africa.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 550 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 5 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • Available Opportunities – 70 Opportunities countrywide.
  • Management services fee – 10%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Manners4Minors

Manners4Minors was founded in 2007 by Daleen Taylor. She is a Director of The Mountain Cambridge School in Hartbeespoort and noticed the gap in social skills and social emotional learning (including basic manners) and decided to create a programme to support parents, teachers and learners.

Initially, it was only offered at Daleen’s school but word soon spread, demand increased and the programme as we know it today was born. This programme has become necessary because lifestyles have changed.

The platform where these skills were naturally handed over; during family dinners, Sunday family lunches and playing in the street or park with friends, has fallen away. Due to the high cost of living, they currently experience both parents have to work and the time parents spend with their children has diminished.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – The initial franchise fee and cell phone petrol etc.
  • Initial franchise fee – R60 000 prime area (negotiable – can be lower dependent upon demographic)
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • of Outlets – 31
  • Management services fee – 20% on turnover with a minimum of R 1 000 per month to keep the franchise agreement in effect
  • Marketing fee – On application
  • Initial agreement term – 1 Year of first contract
  • Renewal term – 4 Years of first contract upon meeting criteria. Renewable for another 5 years on second contract
  1. Maid4U

Maid4U was established in 2008 and was selected by the South African Small Business Ministry and the DTI to be packaged as a franchise due to its unique and amazing offering, within a sector that is traditionally viewed as informal.

They are an award winning African Premier agency that has great interest in investing in like-minded entrepreneurs, who are passionate about impacting positively on the lives of others while wanting to be part of a driving brand that is well recognized in the whole of Africa.

Maid4U is a premier Domestic Worker, Nanny, Au-pair, Cleaners and Home Based Care Workers Training, Recruitment and Placement Agency. The focus is on creation of a safe, secure platform for household, SMME and retirement homes to sources reliable, screened and trained employees.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 240 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 65 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 123 800
  • Minimum owner’s contribution – R 50 000
  • of Outlets – 4
  • Initial agreement term – 2 Years
  • Renewal term – 2 Years
  1. Maxi’s

Maxi’s was founded in Pretoria in 1993, by an entrepreneur who saw an opportunity in the market for a family restaurant franchise, offering a wide range of food and quality offering. Maxi’s is a unique, highly recognizable, fast growing and decidedly competitive brand, which consumers find attractive because they offer something for everyone.

The Maxi’s business model offers franchisees a choice between a full sit-down restaurant with full table service and a comprehensive full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, or a smaller take-away option with limited seating and a menu offering more conducive to the take-away market.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – From R1,5 million size dependent
  • Initial franchise fee – R 110 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • Management services fee – 6%
  • Marketing fee – 4%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. MiniChess Franchise

MiniChess is organized into structured lessons, with detailed lesson plans in the teacher’s manuals and attractive project books for the learners. The programme uses tried and tested methods for teaching play, including the use of so-called “MiniChess” games. The learning process is broken down into small steps, building confidence while keeping it fun, and is in line with the skill level of the young child.

The MiniChess programme was developed over years of teaching chess to “entry phase” learners (5 to 9 years of age) as part of the school curriculum. It has already been used on a trial basis, with great success in a number of schools in South Africa.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 55 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 55 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 55 000
  • Management services fee – 35%
  • Initial agreement term – 1 Year
  • Renewal term – Annually
  • of Outlets – 26
  • Available Opportunities – 15
  1. Miniso Lifestyle

Miniso is a Japanese lifestyle brand and retail offering, with ten product categories covering fashion, health, beauty, digital, homeware, stationery and gifting. Products are sourced from all over the world, then branded, packaged and distributed from their China HQ in Guangzhou.

Miniso has over 3 500 stores worldwide, and operates in over 70 countries globally. The Miniso franchise model has several unique differentiators compared to most retail franchises in South Africa, with the franchisor playing a significant hands-on management approach on behalf of the franchisee.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 4,5 Million
  • Initial franchise fee – R 100 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 300 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • of Outlets – 10
  • Available Opportunities – National
  • Initial agreement term – 3 to 5 years (aligned to retail lease period)
  1. Nico-E

The original company Nico-E (Pty) Ltd. was initially founded with the intent of offering tobacco smokers with a healthier and more cost-effective alternative, e-smoking. Following the recent acquisition of an equity stake in the company by Avacarehealth, an International Pharmaceutical company, Nico-E has evolved into Avavape (Pty) Ltd t/a Avacarevape.

As their partners and many of their associates are medical professionals, the focus is on designing and manufacturing products that conform to the highest quality standards and ethical values.

Avacarevape is positioning itself as a leader in sophisticated extraction processes of botanical medicinal products from plant/herbal materials, thus Avacarevape aspires to utilize their latest developed solutions (awarded with International & USA patents) to cater for consumers leaning towards natural substance intake by providing them with the purest extracted substances combined with the highest bio-availability.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – Kiosk Options 1: 2m² x 3m² = R 550 000 2: 3m² x 3m² = R 650 000 3: 5m² x 5m² = R 750 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 50 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 150 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 60%
  • of Outlets – 5
  • Available Opportunities – 20 Nationally
  • Initial agreement term – 36 Months
  • Renewal term – 12 Months
  1. Okandivi Properties Franchise

Okandivi Properties Franchise mainly operates in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Natal and North West province. They are eagerly looking for new Franchisees and Agents all over South Africa to join the fastest growing real estate Franchise in South Africa.

At Okandivi Properties Franchise they aim to have a more democratic approach to real estate. They specialize in Property Sales, Rentals, Building Management, Valuations and much more. Whether your need is Residential, Commercial, Business, Industrial or Mining orientated, they can assist.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 15 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 30 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • of Outlets – 4
  • Available Opportunities – Nationwide
  • Management services fee – 10%
  • Marketing fee – 10%
  • Initial agreement term – 3 Years
  • Renewal term – 2 Years
  1. ONLY REALTY

Only Realty employs a focused approach to real estate that benefits owners, buyers and tenants alike. Their core business is offering a complete letting solution, from procurement to full management service offerings. Whilst letting provides the core stability of the business, sales provide an additional dimension, assisting in stock retention as well as an influx to the cash flow for the business.

Only Realty opened its first franchised outlet in Bloemfontein in 2009 and since then has worked hard to create a vibrant and modern brand that resonates with its clients.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 300 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 75 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • Management services fee – 5%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Pressed in Time

Pressed in Time was founded in 2003 with the mission of providing customers with high value, exceptional service and convenience for all their Laundry and Dry Cleaning needs. In 2003, their industry was fragmented and there was no clear brand. Pressed in Time have changed that and become the country’s leading Laundry and Dry Cleaning Company.

Pressed in Time work with talented and dedicated people and through being a team with a clear and focused vision; they will continue to lead the way both in South Africa and internationally. The Pressed in Time brand has become synonymous for providing more easily located stores than anyone else, with a level of service that only a nationwide brand can produce.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 395 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 85 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 60 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • of Outlets – 67
  • Available Opportunities – Countrywide.
  • Initial agreement term – 9 Years
  • Renewal term – Not applicable
  1. Soapbox Promo and Gifts

Soapbox is currently one of the largest suppliers of branded corporate clothing and gifts in South Africa as well as the largest Barron supplier in Pretoria, partnering with Barron, Amrod, Altitude, Captivity Headwear, Headwear 24 and Mass Supply within the corporate clothing and gifts sector.

Soapbox Promo & Gifts was established in August 2007 with one four-head embroidery machine and one employee. Their quality workmanship and service excellence soon became well-known and well respected within the industry.

They grew from a client base of 74 customers working out of a garage in 2007, to having more than 5 000 clients today, of which the biggest are TrenTyre nationally, Michelin and BF Goodridge, Medshield, Medihelp, Dros, Strata and Amcoal mining groups.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 250 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 100 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 50 000 to R 100 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • Management services fee – 6%
  • Marketing fee – 2%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Sparkling Auto Care Centres

Sparkling Auto Care Centres is a One-Stop-Auto-Care Destination from automobile cleaning to a full valet; from the removal of minor scratches to full dent repairs, all under one roof whilst the customer waits within their Sparkling Web Café. Since the inception of Sparkling Car Wash in 1992, the company has grown into a leader in the automotive industry by adding various automotive repair services.

This has brought about a transformation in the South African car wash industry and to date, they  maintain a highly professional point of departure in comparison to the more traditional car wash businesses. In 2006, the franchising company with its unique concept was established combining car wash & valet with automotive repair services, all under one roof.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 2.5 Million
  • Initial franchise fee – R 1.25 Million
  • Initial Working Capital – On application
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 30% of franchise fee
  • of Outlets – 7
  • Available Opportunities – All over South Africa.
  • Management services fee – 5% of turnover
  • Marketing fee – 2% of turnover
  1. Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals is proud to continue their legacy of helping businesses and job seekers succeed. They have grown to a network of 700 employment agencies in three countries, while still maintaining local ownership for each office and providing quality service to each of their clients. Express Respects People for who they are, their goals and their concerns.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 275 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 225 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 100%
  • of Outlets – 12
  • Available Opportunities – Available franchise opportunities across South Africa
  • Management services fee – 8%
  • Marketing fee – 2%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Cam Era Franchising International

Cam Era Surveillance (Pty) Ltd. was originally started in May 1993 as a CCTV installations company and soon became one of the top five in South Africa. In 2009, they realized that their future lies in franchising, a duplicated version of the business, both here and internationally.

Cam Era Surveillance (Pty) Ltd. started with the brand “ibotix.” ibotix, was to be a full system integrator type business model (cctv, access, booms, gates, alarms, fencing, fibre optics, wi-fi and so on). Despite major investment, it was never taken to market as it proved too cumbersome for a novice to comprehend and turn into a profitable business.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 320 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 200 000 included in set-up cost
  • Initial Working Capital – R 120 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • Management services fee – 5%
  • Marketing fee – 1%
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Panarottis Pizza Pasta

Founded in 1990, Panarottis is South Africa’s favorite Italian-inspired restaurant known for its high quality fresh ingredients and warm, family-friendly environment. Today, you can enjoy a slice of pizza in 95 warm, friendly Panarottis restaurants around South Africa, Mauritius, Namibia and Australia.

Panarottis Pizza Pasta offer a variety of meals for the whole family, focusing on pizzas, pastas and grills. Quality is a key cornerstone of the brand, along with the superb Italian-style meals they love to prepare. They use only the finest selection of award-winning ingredients – imported olive oils, Balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese and Danish feta.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 4 – 4.5 Million
  • Initial franchise fee – R 120 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 50 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 60%
  • of Outlets – 86 SA, 12 International
  • Available Opportunities – National and International
  • Management services fee – 5%
  • Marketing fee – 4%
  • Initial agreement term – 10 Years
  • Renewal term – N/A
  1. The Brazen Head

Authentic Irish Restaurant & Pub, The Brazen Head is a high-quality authentic Irish Restaurant and Pub, providing a unique Irish atmosphere and service to its clientele. All Brazen Heads are designed and operated under the guidelines of the “Irish Pub Concept” a highly successful programme that has established 1,850 Irish restaurants and pubs around the globe. While they’re all related, no two pubs look exactly alike.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 2.5 to R 3.5 million
  • Initial franchise fee – R 98 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 125 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • of Outlets – 7
  • Available Opportunities – Gauteng and Western Cape with expansion planned into all the provinces.
  • Management services fee – 5% on monthly turnover
  • Marketing fee – 2% on monthly turnover
  • Initial agreement term – 10 Years
  1. The Daily Coffee Group

The Daily Coffee Group is a fast-growing and truly South African coffee franchise comprising more than 25 coffee cafés and set to further expand nationally. Coffee is their business and they have two tailor-made franchise models – The Daily Coffee Café and The Daily Coffee Express – from which franchisees can choose to offer their customers what The Daily Coffee Group has become renowned for – good coffee and a warm emotion!

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 1.28 Million
  • Initial Working Capital – R 60 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • of Outlets – 26
  • Available Opportunities – Two franchise models available countrywide
  • Management services fee – 6% of turnover (excl VAT)
  • Initial agreement term – 5 years
  • Renewal term – 5 years
  1. The Firm Slimming & Health Clinic

The Firm Slimming & Health Clinic specializes in non-invasive slimming treatments. The Firm Slimming & Health Clinic was founded in 1994, in Durban, and has grown to 39 Franchise clinics, situated around South Africa. Since 1994, The Firm’s vision has been to empower people through a highly effective weight loss programme to succeed at weight loss and maintain a desired weight.

Their weight loss programme is superior in quality and effectiveness, and their clinics are professionally and skillfully run. The personalized and excellent service they provide in their clinics has no comparison in the industry and they are recognized for delivering on their promises.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 500 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 60 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – On application
  • of Outlets – 27
  • Available Opportunities – Country- wide and International.
  • Management services fee – R 3 000 per month excluding VAT
  • Marketing fee – R 600 per month excluding VAT
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 10 Years
  1. The Fish & Chip Co.

The Fish & Chip Co. started as a small business and eventually grew into a brand that had South Africa wanting more of the freshest fish and chips. Taste Holdings acquired the Fish & Chip Co. in 2012 and it forms part of a group who is dedicated to drive innovation and customer service in South Africa. Over the years, The Fish & Chip Co. has built a reputation for serving generous portions of fish and fresh cut chips at affordable prices.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 699 000 (including VAT)
  • Initial franchise fee – R 140 000 included in set-up cost
  • Initial Working Capital – R 50 000 (excluded from set-up cost)
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • of Outlets – 186
  • Available Opportunities – National
  • Management services fee – R 735 (rounded up) per week
  • Marketing fee – R 735 (rounded up) per week
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Tutor Doctor

As a prominent leader in the multi-billion dollar industry of private tutoring, Tutor Doctor is experiencing one of the fastest growing international expansions of any educational company in the history of franchising. With over 450 locations around the world, Tutor Doctor has changed the lives of 200 000+ people by helping them achieve their academic goals.

This is accomplished by utilising a unique one-to-one tutoring approach that matches students with professional tutors based upon the students’ individualised needs. Tutor Doctor’s approach to education enables any child of any age to get help on any subject – whether they require remedial attention or academic enrichment.

While each year Tutor Doctor has continued to grow at unprecedented rates, it is their commitment to the core philosophy – every child can learn, but not every child learns the same way – that remains the source of Tutor Doctor’s success.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 770 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 615 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 155 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 50%
  • of Outlets – 450+
  • Available Opportunities – Prime markets available in South Africa.
  • Management services fee -8% of Gross Revenue
  • Marketing fee – 2% of Gross Revenue
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. 3@1

The 3@1 Business Services franchise concept offers an opportunity in the business services and communications retail industry. Boasting established partnerships with DHL International and local Courier and Kodak Express photographic service, their Franchisees can offer an ever-broadening selection of services.

They also offer Digital printing, DHL local and international courier services, broad format print & photocopying, laminating & binding, computer peripherals, mail box rentals, email & internet access etc.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – Express Store R 550 000 plus VAT / Standard Store R 650 000 plus VAT
  • Initial Working Capital – R 100 000
  • Management services fee – R 2 500 plus VAT or 3% of turnover plus VAT
  • Marketing fee Vetting fee – R 350 pm
  • Initial agreement term – 10 years
  • Renewal term – 10 years
  1. Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken is a UK franchise present across the globe. They offer a diverse menu including delicious fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, burgers and fries in a comfortable and inviting environment. Southern Fried Chicken offers potential franchisees the opportunity to join a growing family of restaurants offering increasingly popular chicken dishes.

With an emphasis on fresh food, hearty portions, fast and friendly service and a multi choice menu which combines the most successful quick service restaurant products, adding up to great value for the consumer and an ideal opportunity for the franchisee. Southern Fried Chicken has its initial investment range from $65,000.

  1. Anat

Anat started out in 1991 from a mobile unit at Bruma Flea Market and two generations later, has grown to over twenty stores throughout the country and still going strong. ANAT strives to provide their customers with the highest quality wholesome food; with the friendliest and most efficient service whilst providing excellent profit making opportunities for their franchisees.

ANAT have developed an extensive product line with a distinctly Middle Eastern flavour that includes Shwarma, Falafel and Laffa (wraps). They continuously develop and test new lines and products to attract customers to their outlets.

ANAT pioneered an industry first in the South African franchise industry with the concept of “Make It Your Way”, inviting the customer to make their meal, exactly the way that they want it. This has become synonymous with the brand.

Financial Requirement and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 950 000
  • Initial franchise fee – R 100 000 (included in setup cost)
  • Initial Working Capital Approximately – R 160 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – 30% to 50% Unencumbered capital
  • of Outlets – 19
  • Management services fee – 5%
  • Marketing fee – 3%
  • Initial agreement term – 10 Years
  • Renewal term – 10 Years
  1. Braai Hut

Braai is South Africans favorite food and the Braai Hut brand was started in Bloemfontein in 2013 by Kobus Aggenbacht and they started franchising that same year. The concept is to offer a convenient take away to everyone without having to wait for the next braai.

Braai Hut aims to open franchises across South Africa and also in neighboring countries where they have stores pending for Botswana and Lesotho. The food and the concept are loved by all and they want to bring it to everyone.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Average set-up cost – R 345 00
  • Initial franchise fee – R 60 000
  • Initial Working Capital – R 40 000
  • Minimum owners’ contribution – R 345 000
  • of Outlets – 14
  • Management services fee – R 1 500 per month
  • Marketing fee – Nil
  • Initial agreement term – 5 Years
  • Renewal term – 5 Years
  1. Vibe Marketing

Vibe Marketing helps businesses and organizations of all sizes to achieve their marketing goals. Vibe’s consultative, results driven approach sets them apart in the digital marketplace, as does their extensive portfolio of services.

In fact, they are so confident in their success that they even offer commitments to results for many of their services. Everybody needs an online presence and everybody wants more sales. Vibe is well placed to help businesses achieve their business aspirations.

Financial Requirements

  • Cash Required – £8,000
  1. RoboThink

RoboThink is an exciting and unique edu-tainment franchise focusing on STEM enrichment: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. RoboThink Franchises offer educational and fun classes, camps, workshops and events in the fields of robotics, coding, and engineering.

RoboThink’s programs are specialized turnkey robotics, programming and engineering curriculums developed and tested by teachers, engineers and early-learning experts.

Financial Requirements

  • Franchise fee – $25,000
  • Total initial investment range – $40,700 to $110,500.
  1. Jack Hiker

International brand Jack Hiker is developing a new direction of youth backpacks collection. Dealer network is located in 15 cities, and the company has introduced a franchise to the market and 5 Russian cities have been already using the technology.

Financial Requirements

  • Franchise total initial investment – $1,470.
  1. Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness is a privately owned fitness franchise based in Boca Raton, Florida. It offers group personal training workouts based on high intensity interval training (HIIT) that blend cardiovascular and strength training. There have locations throughout 45 states and 21 countries, with 1,000 locations worldwide, as of July 2018.

Orangetheory Fitness also has locations in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Financial Requirements

  • Initial investments – $488,405 – $994,360
  • Net-worth Requirement – $500,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement – $150,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $59,950
  • Ongoing Royalty Fee – 8%
  • Ad Royalty Fee – 2%
  1. Smoothie King Franchises, Inc.

Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. is a privately held Dallas-area-based smoothie franchise company with more than 775+ units worldwide.

The company was founded in 1973 and is based in Metairie, Louisiana. Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. owns, operates, and franchises a chain of smoothie bars and nutritional lifestyle centers in the United States, the Cayman Islands, Korea, and Singapore.

Its stores offer smoothie and healthy retail products, including sports beverages, energy bars, healthy snacks, vitamin supplements, herbs, minerals, and other sports nutrition products.

Financial Requirements

  • Initial investments – $263,550 – $844,485
  • Net-worth Requirement – $300,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement – $100,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $30,000
  • Ongoing Fee – 6%
  • Ad Royalty Fee – 3%
  1. The American Express Company

The American Express Company, also known as Amex, is an American multinational travel cum financial services corporation headquartered in Three World Financial Center in New York City. The company is best known for its charge card, credit card, and traveler’s cheque businesses.

In 2017, Forbes named American Express as the 23rd most valuable brand in the world (and the highest within financial services), estimating the brand to be worth US$24.5 billion. In 2018, Fortune ranked American Express as the 14th most admired company worldwide, and the 23rd best company to work for.

Financial Requirements and Info

  • Initial Fee – $3,500
  • Annual Fee – $13,100 to $45,500
  • Real Estate and Improvements – $0 to $5,000
  • Total – $16,600 to $54,000
  1. Marriott International

Marriott International is an American multinational diversified hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging facilities. Marriott was founded by John Willard Marriott in 1927.

Marriott International is the largest hotel chain in the world. It has more than 6,500 properties in 127 countries and territories around the world, over 1.2 million rooms (as of September 2017), and an additional 195,000 rooms in the development pipeline. In 2017, Marriott was ranked #33 on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, its twentieth appearance on the list.

Financial Requirements

  • Total initial investment – $92,500.
  1. Cinnabon, LLC

Cinnabon, LLC owns and operates cinnamon roll bakeries worldwide. The company was founded in 1985 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. It offers cinnamon rolls, other baked goods, and beverages.

The company also operates franchised locations in high traffic venues, such as shopping malls, airports, train stations, travel plazas, entertainment centers, academic institutions, and military establishments. As of December 2017, over 1,200 Cinnabon bakeries were operating in 48 countries. Its headquarters are in Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States.

Financial Requirements

  • Initial investments – $185,150 – $330,700
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $30,000
  • Ongoing Royalty Fee – 6%
  • Ad Royalty Fee – 1.5%

Joy Nwokoro

Researcher / Senior Writer at Profitable Venture Magazine Ltd
Joy Nwokoro is a Freelance Business Journalist, researcher, translator and sales trainer who have worked with numerous clients amongst which is Women in World Banking, a business research NGO in New york, America. She holds a bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature from the Abia State University, Nigeria.
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