Businesses for Sale in South Africa

Connecting business buyers to sellers is our business, and the Businesses4Sale experience is tailored to cater to everyone interested in buying a business. Whether you are a first-time buyer, looking to enter the market; a franchisor, searching for franchisees; or seasoned buyer looking to expand, our experienced team at Businesses4Sale will support you throughout the whole process. Businesses4Sale offers our clients professionalism, experience, expertise, and knowledge in the process of buying a business.

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Rural

Hunting/Trap

Ref: 3222

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Hunting Optics Company for Sale

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 334,500

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

R 22,678

The business, started in 2021 by the current owner, has grown from strength to strength. The owner, who also does hunting guides, saw a niche in the market as the local optics were not up to standard. Using his background in hunting (Springbok colors and 2 x gold medals at the World Championships), he designed his own scopes, hunting sticks, silencers, and rifle racks. The business also has security stock in the form of tazers. He also was the 1st to have 60mm scopes. The company is been sold with a large client database, the PTY (LTD), the website, and all the stock worth R150,000. Also, they custom built 2 glass showcases for shows. If you are in the hunting game and want to offer your clients the top of the range, custom manufactured optics, and hunting accessories, or if you want to expand the range of your already existing stock, then this is the business for you. The asking price excludes VAT and stock of R150,000.
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Food/Hospitality

Cafe/Coffee Shop

Ref: 3162

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Two Snack Shops for Sale

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 1,115,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,556,864

Monthly Profit

R 31,570

These two snack shops do it all. Set in two of the busiest suburbs in Port Elizabeth, they deliver to all the businesses as well as functions and conferences. Started in 2007 and with the current owner since 2013, the shops have turned into well-known and established businesses. The current owner started the second shop in 2019 and has already proven to be a success. Both shops have seating areas. Not in the mood to sit and eat delicious food? No problem, they deliver to you via bicycle or motorbike. Do not want to phone the order? No problem, they have an app for ordering. Your choice is excellent. From salads, vegetarian options, toasted or plain, sandwiches or subs, platters and snacks, their mouth-watering variety will make you want more. Add to that a newly developed burger and delicious smoothies, these shops cater to all. Two shops that make awesome and delicious food, deliver to you via their app or phone, you can sit and enjoy with friends, and with new items been developed, this is a perfect opportunity for someone who is quality driven and wants to provide excellent service to their clients. The asking price excludes VAT and stock of R30,000.
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Accomodation/Tourism

Hotel

Ref: 3160

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All-in-One Hotel Operation and Two Buildings for Sale

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 52,000,000

Annual Turnover

R 15,825,259

Monthly Profit

R 510,858

This is an opportunity not to be missed. This leading and well-established Hotel is situated in the business district of picturesque Grahamstown. It has been with the same family since 1988 and they have established themselves as one of the best hotels in Grahamstown, if not the best. They offer top-class service and are passionate about quality. From the moment you step into the warm and inviting atmosphere, your needs are taken care of. The Hotel offers you transport arrangements and bookings, game drives or leisure activities, wake-up calls, and many more services. Relax with friends at the pool bar and listen to local live music. Get ready for a taste sensation at the restaurant with diverse choices to represent and celebrate all of the South African cultures. Do not forget the cigar lounge, kids play area, wood-fired pizza oven, cocktail bar, and a pool to cool off. A hands-on owner who is passionate about excellent service and quality-driven will be the ideal person. You will be taking over a well-established and successful hotel in beautiful Grahamstown. The asking price excludes VAT and stock of R400,000.
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Professional

Property/Real Estate

Ref: 3152

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Development Company

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 2,200,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

On offer is 100% shares in a private company which signed an agreement to purchase development land in the East London area. The property is ideally located for the company to develop a commercial hub with a housing estate. The seller became aware of the availability of the property and managed to secure the transaction on very favorable terms. The business model is a low entry-level to acquire and secure the property, with pre-sales to start after the transfer is taken of the property. The position of this property makes it an attractive proposition for a Fuel Station, Truck Stop, and Motel, and Retail Convenience Store. The remainder of the property has been earmarked for a mid-income residential security estate. The intention is to roll this section out as the demand for housing opens up again. Please enquire for full details about this opportunity.
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Food/Hospitality

Bar / Pub

Ref: 3146

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Best Pub in Town

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 3,345,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,201,584

Monthly Profit

R 93,047

This vibrant and family-friendly Pub started in 1985 and has been with the owners for 25 years. Set in Port Elizabeth it is surrounded by 5 large suburbs and is known as one of PE’s best Pubs. This is an English-style pub with a full array of alcoholic beverages and slot machines to cater to all patrons. The owners closed the kitchen but that can easily be re-opened with the equipment on site. This is a favorite watering hole for the surrounding suburbs as well as a party destination over the weekends. If you just want to wind down after a heavy day or come through with your friends for a good time, this is the destination pub. Ample parking, easy access, and a warm and inviting atmosphere make this a fantastic choice to buy. Looking to own a pub that is well-established, profitable, and renowned? Then this is an easy decision to make. The building is included in the selling price. The selling price excludes VAT and stock of R55,000.
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Accomodation/Tourism

Hotel

Ref: 3144

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Leading Hotel Operation for Sale

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 12,000,000

Annual Turnover

R 15,825,259

Monthly Profit

R 275,253

This is an opportunity not to be missed. This leading and well-established Hotel is situated in the business district of picturesque Grahamstown. It has been with the same family since 1988 and they have established themselves as one of the best hotels in Grahamstown, if not the best. They offer top-class service and are passionate about quality. From the moment you step into the warm and inviting atmosphere, your needs are taken care of. The Hotel offers you transport arrangements and bookings, game drives or leisure activities, wake-up calls, and many more services. Relax with friends at the pool bar and listen to local live music. Get ready for a taste sensation at the restaurant with diverse choices to represent and celebrate all of the South African cultures. Do not forget the cigar lounge, kids play area, wood-fired pizza oven, cocktail bar, and a pool to cool off. A hands-on owner who is passionate about excellent service and quality-driven will be the ideal person. You will be taking over a well-established and successful hotel in beautiful Grahamstown. The asking price excludes VAT and stock of R400,000.
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Professional

Media

Ref: 3143

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Top Signage Business for Sale

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 1,003,500

Annual Turnover

R 1,933,528

Monthly Profit

R 31,700

Coastal living while making money? This opportunity cannot be missed. This signage company has been around for over 20 years in Port Elizabeth, EC, and has cemented itself as one of the best and top signage companies. This business makes small arrow signs to 6x6 meter signs and everything in between. Want to add neon lights or background lighting? Cardboard, metal, or plastic? No problem, this business with its equipment on site does it all. They have made signs for the 2010 World Cup stadiums, most of the automotive companies in Port Elizabeth, Charity groups and community awareness campaigns, popular radio stations, and much more. It has a transport vehicle for deliveries and is the first company to call for all your signage and branding needs. Looking to expand your signage footprint in the Eastern Cape? Want to buy a profitable and well-established sign and branding company? Want to live by the coast and make money? Then this is the business for you. The asking price excludes VAT.
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Professional

Security

Ref: 3136

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Well-Known Security Control Solution

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 1,561,000

Annual Turnover

R 3,751,215

Monthly Profit

R 83,069

This well-established CCTV Security Control Solution company has grown from strength to strength since 2005 when it started. Situated in the suburbs of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, it is ideally placed to service all its clients in PE within 30 minutes. However, this profitable business also services the Eastern Cape. This security solution business provides full security solutions with regards to alarms, sensors, cameras (HD, with/without sound, color, etc), beams, lights, and any other home or business security requirements. From a simple outside light to a fully integrated security system. They have completed security solutions for a large number of complexes and businesses, and they are the most recognizable name in PE. Currently, they have over a million Rands worth in contracts and are getting more each week. The ideal buyer for this business is a person knowledgeable in security solutions regarding cameras, fencing, alarms, etc, and is looking to expand an already profitable entity. More so, anyone looking to expand their security business footprint in the Eastern Cape. A hands-on owner or a competent manager can see this business grow and expand. The asking price is excluding VAT and stock of R25,140.
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Food/Hospitality

Retailer

Ref: 3128

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Unique Retail Business

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 2,015,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,691,754

Monthly Profit

R 40,664

This profitable and established water retail outlet started in 2017. Its flagship outlet is situated in the Kouga area. The retail shop services its large client base daily and also sells to conference centers, hotels, B&B’s, private functions, and a host of other customers. Each client can have their own branding and labels on the bottles. The shop sells bottled water with a unique process. It also sells a variety of health supplements and products, natural honey, and juices (made on-site). The concept is to not only sell to the public and private sectors but also to educate people about the great health benefits. With a delivery service and a large and neat store, this is a complete package. It is in a shopping center with lots of foot traffic daily. If you are looking for an established health and wellness business and are interested in the health benefits, then this is the business for you. You can run the shop, expand, or franchise the name or have remote shops in other cities. The possibilities are numerous. The asking price excludes VAT.
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Services

Print/Photo

Ref: 3108

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Established E-commerce Print-on-Demand Business

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 221,885

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

R 1,144

ASSET SALE ONLY! Established Ecommerce print-on-demand. The print on demand business is just getting more and more popular. Pay R50 for a shirt and sell them for R150 after a simple one side print. Do the delivery locally or ship anywhere in SA. Its a good way to make a lot of profit. Lots of potentials to grow and expand if you work hard. Work from home, or your garage to save money on expensive rent. The seller wants to go back overseas and he is giving you all his social media pages, equipment, e-commerce domain and training for you to get some business immediately. At his price, it wont last long so dont wait and contact me today. There are no employees. This is perfect for someone with a creative mind who enjoys working from home at their own time. The asking price excludes VAT.
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Accomodation/Tourism

Guest House/B&B

Ref: 3096

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Two Beautiful Venues and Luxury Guest House

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 32,000,000

Annual Turnover

R 11,725,255

Monthly Profit

R 210,863

Successful family lifestyle business for sale. This business comprises of a guest house and conference & wedding venue business 3 separate properties with multiple zonings based in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. The 4-star graded guest house is a popular choice for both business travelers and guests using the conference & wedding venue. The guest house offers luxury accommodation and is offered as a turnkey operation. It is conveniently located just minutes from the airport and in close proximity to all areas of the town. This offer is ideal for investors looking for a lifestyle business in the Eastern Cape or hospitality groups looking to gain a foothold in the Eastern Cape. The asking price excludes VAT and stock.
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Accomodation/Tourism

Guest House/B&B

Ref: 3094

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Luxury Guest House

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 10,000,000

Annual Turnover

R 313,044

Monthly Profit

R 168,908

This is a 4-star graded guest house/boutique hotel with 13 hotel rooms and a self-catering garden cottage. You can expect a warm and friendly service with 4-star accommodation and premium conference facilities in a luxurious and peaceful environment. The property boasts a fully equipped conference room seating up to 60 delegates and a boardroom for up to 10 people. It is conveniently located in the leafy suburb just 5 minutes from the airport and in close proximity to all areas of the town. This is the ideal investment for the following buyers: 1. Hospitality groups looking to gain a foothold in the Eastern Cape 2. Lifestyle business buyers 3. Black investment groups 4. Churches The asking price excludes VAT.
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In consideration of Businesses4Sale South Africa entering discussions relating to the possible acquisition of an interest in a business on my behalf, I hereby agree as follows:
  1. Not disclosing any information, including that the business is for sale and to treat as totally confidential the identity of each business quoted to me and any details as to its operation or financial accounts.
  2. Taking all reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality of information made available to me in the course of any negotiation and eventual transaction.
  3. That all information is received for no other purpose than the evaluation of the investment potential of the business.
  4. Not to disclose the identity or any details of the operation or financial accounts to any third party (except my accountant or legal advisor who shall agree to respect this requirement for confidentiality) unless expressly authorised in writing by the Seller or his broker.
  5. Not to approach any Seller of any business introduced to me by Businesses4Sale South Africa or its staff, customers or suppliers without prior arrangement with the Seller or his broker and to refer all queries through the relevant Businesses4Sale South Africa representative/broker.
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  7. I accept that I am responsible for verifying facts and figures to satisfy myself, as to the accuracy of information during any due diligence I/we may choose to carry out.
  8. For the purpose of this agreement the “Confidential Information” means any idea, concept, data, document, drawing, schematic, business, technical, financial, operational, administrative, marketing, economic and other information and material of a proprietary nature, about or concerning or relating to the business whether in oral form or in eye, machine or electronic readable form and includes information and material contained in any memorandum, report and/or other document prepared for either party hereto by an third party.
  9. In the event that a suitable business opportunity is found in using the services of a Businesses4Sale South Africa and in the subsequent event that I should wish to present an offer to purchase such business, then prior to the commencement of the “Offer to Purchase” process, and should I be called to do so, I agree to willingly submit a consumer credit report.
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Questions about buying a business in South Africa

Most of the businesses for sale with us are valued on the following;

  • The amount of money they earn
  • The desirability of the industry
  • The associated risk factors

Higher prices will be paid for businesses in more desirable industries that are operating in a market perceived as low risk. These types of businesses are in strong demand. Therefore, the value of the business will be greater than for one in a less sought-after industry and perceived to have a higher risk factor attached to it, even though both businesses may make the same amount of money.

Most small owner-operated businesses are valued according to the cash surplus available to the owner. Depending on the industry this will vary. The amount will depend on factors such as the industry, location and length of time in business.

Larger businesses are valued on either a return on investment (ROI) or a price to earnings ratio (PE). Once again this will vary depending on the industry and the amount of net profit generated by the business.
When you have your first meeting with one of our business brokers, they will give you an overview of the values of businesses within the industry sectors of interest to you.

Some industries are very sought after, and newly listed businesses sell quickly. To ensure you are aware of new listings we provide a unique service by sending you an automatic email with details of any new listings that match the criteria you have pre-selected when registering for this exclusive service.
Our business brokers can register you, or you can do it online through the Register toolbar.
Many of the businesses we list are sold before they are advertised. By registering to buy a business, you will receive priority notification of all appropriate new listings from any one of our team of brokers, not just from the broker you have initially met with.

If you are serious about buying a business, you should make an appointment with one of our specialist business brokers who is knowledgeable in the industry sector that interests you. Our business brokers specialise in the sale of businesses in which they have prior industry experience thus giving you access to industry-specific knowledge. Your broker will ask specific questions in order to find the business that is best suited to your requirements. And don’t forget to search for businesses for sale by using the Businesses4Sale search bar.

You will be asked to sign a Deed of Confidentiality before receiving confidential information on any business you are contemplating buying. This protects the owner of the business by ensuring the information you receive will be treated as confidential and not passed on to other parties. Business owners want to be assured that the information given out to a pre-qualified buyer will be treated in confidence.

Once you have decided to buy a business, you will benefit from an initial meeting with one of our brokers, and they will have your name in mind when any new business becomes available.

When you initially look at a business, certain information will be supplied. However, in some cases, the owner of the business will be reluctant to reveal too much about the business until an offer is made. Many aspects in the operation of a business are commercially sensitive and confidential, thus a business owner would not be wise to disclose all until a prospective purchaser has indicated a serious intention to purchase by making a conditional offer.

 

A conditional offer is normally subject to the purchaser performing due diligence, a process whereby you as the purchaser requests, for scrutiny, specific information on the operation of the business. The owner will supply this information under due diligence. The buyer must maintain the strictest of confidentiality through this process and must not disclose any information to other parties except any professional advisors they are using in the process.

 

The due diligence process is for the benefit of the purchaser, giving you time to complete the verification process. If satisfied with the end result, the agreement proceeds, and you become the proud owner of your new business. If, however, you are not satisfied with the results of the due diligence, then the owner is advised accordingly, and the agreement comes to an end. The deposit money held in trust is refunded in full.

Before you begin looking to buy a business the first step is to work out what money you have available. There is no point in looking at businesses for sale that are beyond what you can afford. Calculate how much cash you have available and what other assets such as property you could borrow against.

 

When dealing with a business broker tell them how much you have to invest, then they will direct you to suitable businesses within your price range. The business broker will also know which businesses for sale are more suitable to finance, or if the current owner is prepared to finance some of the purchase price. If the broker knows what funds you have available, this will help them to help you.

 

With some types of business, it can be difficult to borrow money using just the business as security, due to the difficulty a bank may have in securing its loan. i.e. a retail store’s asset is the stock which it is constantly selling off. Therefore, the bank would not have any actual security. If you have a house or investment property, you may be able to use this as security for a mortgage to buy the business, thereby requiring very little actual cash.

Once again, buying a business through a broker will help you in this process. The business broker will explain the process to you and guide you through it.

The business broker will prepare the sale and purchase agreement for you. This is the document used for making an offer to purchase the business and needs to include special conditions to protect you throughout the process. Likewise, the owner of the business will want to know that the confidentiality of his business is protected through this process.

 

The agreement contains conditions that protect you, the purchaser and also the owner of the business. The document details information regarding the business along with the price you are offering and the special conditions relative to the offer. At this stage, you will also need to pay a deposit. If you are buying through a licenced Real Estate company such as Businesses4Sale the deposit is held in a trust account until the agreement becomes unconditional. If the conditions upon which you are prepared to buy the business are not met, then your deposit is refunded in full without any deductions. The trust account is audited and operated under very strict legal requirements.

 

Before signing the agreement, it may be advisable to have your lawyer review the agreement. When choosing a lawyer, it is important to use one familiar with the process of buying a business. Business brokers are not qualified to give legal advice, and likewise, lawyers are not experienced in selling businesses. Your lawyer will be looking after your interests just as the lawyer for the seller will be doing for their client, and the agreement must be workable for both parties. Ultimately the lawyer works for you, and you must have a say in everything that is done. Once you have signed the agreement, it is then presented to the business owner who will either accept it or make the necessary alterations before returning the agreement to you for your acceptance or further alteration. This is called negotiation and the agreement may go back and forth several times until both parties are in agreement. This is the work of the business broker who will liaise between both parties and often, through experience, bring solutions that can result in both parties reaching an agreement.

Gathering all the information you need to make an informed decision should start with the basics.

 

Price – is the business within your budget and can you fund the purchase?
Location – is the business suitable for you and is it in a good area for this type of business?
Lease – how long is the lease and are there rights of renewal (ROR)?
Rent – how much is the rent and other associated outgoings?
Staff – how many employees (full-time or part-time)?
Income – how much money will you earn? How long has the business been operating?

Confidentiality is paramount, and your business broker will arrange a time with the business owner for you to inspect the business.

 

A physical inspection of the business should come at a time when you have considered the financial information given to you, are satisfied with this and wish to proceed further. Remember, however, that the owner of a business will be very sensitive about your visit. On the one hand they will want to provide you with all the information you require, yet on the other hand, they will not want the staff to know why you are really there. Please respect this sensitivity and have the courtesy not to embarrass the owner.

We are often asked what the perfect business is. There is no perfect business as each business and industry has its own unique set of challenges for the owner. It is important to buy a business in an industry that you relate to and believe you can learn and be comfortable with. We have sold businesses where the owners have moved into an industry with no experience but they could relate well to that industry. Look to buy a business with an eye towards what you can do with it, how you can improve it and how you can use your ideas and enthusiasm to make it more profitable and productive.

 

A new owner can sometimes see potential in a business that the current owner can’t see simply because of the new owner’s skills. Whatever the type of business, make sure that it will be fun for you and you will enjoy what you do.

A professional business broker can provide you with many different business opportunities including some that you may never have considered. Frequently we have people buying businesses they had never considered buying until the business broker explained how this business could be suited to them. All our brokers have owned their own businesses, understand and relate to the process you as a buyer are going through and can provide you with helpful information on the business you are considering buying.
An experienced specialist business broker has industry knowledge that can assist you when considering buying a business and will normally have a selection of businesses for you to compare. Our brokers have prepared the necessary information, gathered financial documentation and compiled it in an information memorandum for you to review.

 

There is no cost to you in buying through a business broker; their fee is paid by the seller.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

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