Micro Franchising Program 2018 Update

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has tasked SA Franchise Warehouse (SAFW) with identifying small businesses in peri-urban and rural areas that has the potential to be micro-franchised. The programme which kicked off in 2015 will run over a 3-year period and will package a total of 15 micro-franchise business. We are pleased to announce that the third rollout phase of the programme has started and the selection process has been finalised.

Below we take the honours of introducing the 9 businesses chosen to participate in the programme for 2018:

1. Active Care Clinics 
Active Care Clinics is owned by 4 shareholders. They currently have 3 clinics open and are based in Springs, Ballito and Table Bay. The original clinic is based in Midrand Gauteng which is a fully fledged medical centre which caters for the average man on the street, as well as the poorest, who pay a minimal fee for a consultation as well as medication. The clinic focuses extensively on Prenatal and HIV treatment. The Springs clinic has more medical service offerings.

2. Africa Steel Holdings 
Africa Steel Holdings is operated and majority owned by Mayleen Kyster. The business was started up 3 years ago of which Mayleen has 15 years’ experience in the steel industry. The business has been operating since 2015 and is situated in Roodepoort. All Afrika Steels clients are walk in clients. Mayleen is keen to create a franchise model that can be set up in a township or in an informal settlement. The product line that Mayleen believes will provide for a market in the informal and rural markets all relate to what is being used to construct a “shack”, which is fencing, corrugated iron, angle irons and window frames.

3. Baloyi Washers and Waxers
Baloyi Washes and Waxes is owned by Rhulani Baloyi. He began operating in Soweto and has since branched out into the Corporate Sector. He is a service provider for Hollard Insurance and is in their supply chain. The business has been operating now for the past 15 years. Rhulani currently has 4 outlets and they are all linked to the Holland Group of Companies.

4. Jedidiah Corp
Jedidiah Corp is a toilet paper processing business which is owned by Neo Malelekeng. She currently has two operations one in Centurion and Rustenburg. The business model is not focused at direct selling to consumers as per say but rather bigger companies who offer a cleaning service which would provide toilet paper as part of the service rendered. Servest is one of their biggest clients. She also generates income by selling to households twice a month in the communities. They manufacture single and double ply toilet paper and they are packed in packs of 18, 24 and 48.

5. Ekares Twlight
Ekares specialises in custom made uniforms. Their main focus is in designing and sewing school uniforms, more especially for matriculants. They currently custom make the matric tracksuits and jackets as far as the design, stitching and embroidery and in the near furture they plan to be a one stop shop in supplying the schools in the area. They currently supply 4 out of 10 schools in their nearby area. The company is owned by Fatima Mofokeng and Kelebogile.

6. Mo’Atchaar 
Mo’Atchaar makes and sells atchaar to various markets being, retail, fast food industries and of course walk in clients. The atchaar is made from mangoes and added together with a unique selection of spices. The business was founded and managed by Gertrude Refentswe Monkoe.

7. P&H Boutique
P & H Boutique was founded by husband and wife team Papa and Hettie. They currently have 4 outlets in the following malls, Menlyn Mall, Eastrand Mall, Savannah Mall and Riverside Mall. P & H Boutque is a high end outlet that specialises in a carefully selected, multi-designer range of exclusively imported lady’s handbags and men’s dress shirts. They design and make the clothes themselves. Their business is seasonal and their busiest periods are Easter, August, October and September being their busiest month as it is heritage month. They are South Africa’s biggest online website dedicated to Africa print fashion and facilitates nationwide delivery across the entire country.

8. Little Harvard Kids Academy
Little Harvard Kids Academy is a 24hr, 7days a week and 365 days a year operational day care that incorporates talent gifts and academics for kids from the age 3 months to 5 years old. We offer services like day care, night care, after school care, holiday care and daily drop offs. We believe in offering these various services to the working Moms and Dad’s as they have long working hour obligations. The night service offering to the Mom’s and Dad’s, will allow them to have peace of mind that their young ones are under the right care where they can have a night off to enjoy. Little Harvards Kids Academy is founded and owned by Kgabo Lucia Manthata. She currently has 1 academy running and which is situated in Secunda. The business has been in operation since Apr 2015.

9. Zenzele Fitness Group
Zenzele Fitness offers a fully wrapped, customised wellness solution. This will allow their clients to get highly effective facilities and services in place with minimal headaches, as long as their clients can provide a suitable space they will design, furnish, fit out, operate and manage a facility that allows them to see real results in their workspace. Using Techno Gyms top of the line systems and working with medical experts, Zenzele Fitness is able to develop personalised programs for each of their members based on their aspirations and wellness needs, manage their progress against their goals and report back to them and their employer as they see improving wellness. They currently have 13 outlets of which they are all corporate situated in corporate companies, universities and community areas. The Zenzele Fitness Group is owned by Itumeleng Phaka who used to be an investment banker. Itumeleng is very eager to rollout micro gyms to allow the community people to become healthier.

Coming from a successful rollout in 2017, we are excited and believe that our new intake of candidates for the Micro Franchising Program 2018 have the potential to extend their footprint as successful franchisors once the packaging process has been completed.