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Happy 20th birthday McDonald’s South Africa!

McDonald’s entered the South African market in November 1995 when it opened its first restaurant.

Today there are more than 200 McDonald’s restaurants across the country.

McDonald’s claims to have trained and employed over 10 000 South Africans.

The company says that more than 80% of all food served in its restaurants is produced by South African suppliers.

McDonald’s South Africa serves 8 million customers per month.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s in SA, for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

Thank goodness we had Cyril Ramaphosa for a few years!

Greg Solomon

A franchisee can make back his investment in four to six years.

Greg Solomon

We don’t call our franchisees ‘franchisees’. We call them ‘owner-operators’.

Greg Solomon

We have, as of today, 241 restaurants in South Africa.

Greg Solomon

If you want to grow market share you have to steal it.

Greg Solomon

The busiest McDonald’s in Africa is the Old Fort Road McDonald’s in Durban.

Greg Solomon

30% of our menu is chicken.

Greg Solomon

Our sales went up after ‘Supersize Me’ came out.

Greg Solomon

Drive-through is nearly 60% of our business.

Greg Solomon

We’re five years ahead of Starbucks.

Greg Solomon

We’ve got a beady eye on the rest of Africa.

Greg Solomon

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