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Franchise Ideas

Buying a franchise is an alternative option for entrepreneurs who don’t want the risks of starting a new business. Franchising is a public business format and people recognize a franchise business because it carries a well known trademark and brand. South Africa has over 400 franchise systems and 23 000 franchise outlets. To purchase a franchise you must have a good idea of what industry you want to pursue.

Here are a few Franchise ideas:

Supa Quick. Tiger Wheel & Tire. Auto Armor.

Beauty & Wellness
Dis-chem Pharmacies, Planet Nails, Torga Optical.

Computer & Cellular
Computer Corporation, Inter Computers, Vodacare.

Construction Related
DIY Depot, Timbercity, Jacks Paint & Hardware.

Education & Training
Creative Minds, Brain Clinic, Damelin.

Fast Food
Steers, Mc Donalds, KFC.

Leisure & Entertainment
Monkey Magic, Mr Video, Stones.

John Dory’s, Mike’s Kitchen, Rhapsody’s.

Real Estate
Leapfrog, RealNet, Proplist.

Ibotix, Trellidoor, Yale Express.

Sport & Recreation
Planet Fitness Valuefit, Shapes for Women, Trappers Trading.

Travel & Tourism
Euphoria Tours & Safaris, Travel Experience, Virtrav.

Remember to always check if the franchise is a member of FASA (Franchise Association of South Africa). FASA promotes ethical franchising. For legal advice and franchise agreement setup & assessments, please contact Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. franchise attorneys

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South Africa

South Africa

We assist with the filing, prosecution and enforcement of your patent, design, trade mark and plant breeders’ rights in South Africa. Copyright dispute resolution and litigation. Franchise agreements and negotiation. Company registrations. Domain name registration and protection.

Patents in Africa, Trademarks in Africa

File in Africa

Foreign clients who wish to file patent, design and trade mark applications in South Africa and across Africa (including OAPI and ARIPO). Our firm acts as a patent agent as well as a trade mark agent for foreign clients who wish to protect their Intellectual Property in Africa.

World, International Protection

International Protection

Local clients who wish to file and protect patent , design and trade mark applications internationally. Our services include the search, filing and renewal of patents and trade marks in foreign markets such as Australia, China, the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, etc.

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Domain Names

Domain Names

In simple terms, a domain name is the address through which internet users can access a website, for example, or or Although these...

Common Law Tort of Passing Off

Common Law Tort of Passing Off

A question that inevitably arises is whether unregistered trade marks are afforded protection in South Africa and if so, to what extent. South African trade mark law is hybrid legal system governed...

South Africa

South Africa

The Smit & Van Wyk team of experienced intellectual property attorneys are able to provide legal advice regarding your patents, trade marks and copyright. We are a specialist...