Using its First National Bank-backed credit card as a springboard, Discovery will launch a ‘full-service’ retail bank as soon as it obtains regulatory approval in a bid to diversify its income streams. The insurer has already put in motion its plan to add a bank to its operations through the acquisition of a nearly 75% interest in DiscoveryCard. “We have applied for a licence. We don’t know when that will be granted,” said Discovery CEO Adrian Gore. Mr Gore said Discovery’s retail bank would be built from a technology perspective. Justin Floor comments.
Empowerment investment company Grand Parade Investments has acquired a stake in a burger patties company as a strategic move towards owning the entire Burger King supply chain. The firm’s wholly owned subsidiary, Grand Foods, early in September announced the acquisition of 65% of Excellent Meat Burger Plant for R37 million. Grand Foods was established two years ago to solely produce burger patties for Burger King in South Africa. It holds the master franchise agreement for Burger King in Southern Africa. Dirk van Vlaanderen comments. View article