So You Want a McDonald’s Do You?

A list of the most expensive food franchises to invest in in South Africa.

So You Want a McDonald’s Do You?

There are a handful of coveted fast-food brands in South Africa that you’ll need to win the lotto for if you’re planning on getting your hands on one — or at least jumping the queue a little.

Here’s a list of what some of South Africa’s favourite brands cost to set-up, (excluding 14% Vat and franchise fees, royalties and so on ).

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Here’s the other clincher, most of the big brands require franchisees to open a number of stores over a few years. For example, KFC franchisees need to be able to open at least five, and Pizza Hut franchisees need R25 million to potentially open up ten units.


Set-up cost (excl Vat)

McDonald’s R6 million
KFC R5,5 million
Burger King R5 million
Nando’s R4,5 million
Chicken Licken R3 million
Pizza Hut R2,5 million
Wimpy R1,93 million
Steers R1,2 million
Kauai R1,3 million
Fish & Chip Co. R535 000
Tracy Lee Nicol
About the Author
Tracy-Lee Nicol is the managing editor of Franchise Zone Magazine and deputy editor of Entrepreneur Magazine. She studied her Masters degree in Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University and spent the next two years working and travelling in Asia. Her love of people, business and teaching is reflected in telling the stories of entrepreneurs, franchisees and franchisors, inspiring others to take the leap to being their own boss and bringing about positive change in South Africa.

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