Nando’s franchise war resurfaces at CoA

Flying furthers: Nandos in the Main Mall. The Palapye outlet has been in and out of courts for years
Flying furthers: Nandos in the Main Mall. The Palapye outlet has been in and out of courts for years

The three-year legal tussle between fast-food giant, Nando’s Holdings Botswana and a local businesswoman over franchise rights is far from over as it has reached the Court of Appeal (CoA).

The bench of the CoA will this month hear the case in which Nando’s Holdings Botswana has filed an appeal after losing the case at the High Court. The fast-food giant’s main contention is that the franchise agreement with businesswoman, Ethel Gampone has long expired and that the franchise was only meant to run for 10 years.  The food chain is also seeking a declaratory order for the expiration of the franchise agreement.   Nando’s and its franchise holder, Ibrahim Khan, have been entangled in a war with Gampone over control of the restaurant chain’s Palapye outlet.  The legal battle started when Nando’s filed an urgent application at the High Court demanding that Gampone and her company, Jago Productions, stop using the Nando’s brand. Khan and Nando’s argued that the franchise agreement had expired. Nando’s Holdings wanted to pass the franchise onto  the Khan family.

Earlier this year, Gampone won at the High Court in a legal case in which the fast-food giant had lost several other technical battles.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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