Nando's fuels SABC fire

2012-06-14 21:48
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – "Sorry SABC. We know how much you hate fire starters." So says Nando's in the fast food chain's new poster ad after the SABC's Isidingo set burnt down in a fiery blaze which raged out of control for longer than three hours late on Wednesday.

Nando's whipped up a new poster ad in record time on Thursday.

This comes after the fire which took SABC3 off the air for a while and decimated Studio 6 at Henley Studios at the SABC destroying cables and incinerating the Isidingo set.

Two weeks ago the SABC banned the new Nando's "Diversity" anti-xenophobia TV commercial, followed by MultiChoice's DStv and

Public interest groups and the public blasted South Africa's broadcasters for the self-censure and the banning of the ad.

"Pity you can't ban them all," Nando’s says in the newposter ad, clearly hinting at both incidents – the SABC banning Nando's and the fire which swept through the SABC and caused tens of millions of rands of damage.

"We'd like to make it clear that we had nothing to do with this. We prefer igniting public debate, not studios," says Nando's in the print ad.


  • Marc Lauts - 2012-06-14 22:10

    Ha ha ha...manne

      hans.moerdyk - 2012-06-16 18:16

      Nando's is skerp en ek LMGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thngundu - 2012-06-14 22:15

    i'll buy Nandos everyday now:)

  • kenjaymay - 2012-06-14 22:19

    Nandos...You have big Cahunas!...I like that!

  • Limpie Radyn - 2012-06-14 22:23

    Hehe, no one got hurt, good clean fun from Nandos. Love it.

  • glencoe.maseko - 2012-06-14 22:24

    I wish it had burn down the SABC 1 'Generations set'

      nmabuyakhulu - 2012-06-15 12:45

      esp the Khaphela and Khethiwe

      sibongilesarah.maseko - 2012-06-15 12:54

      hahaha........I like that!!!!!

  • KingPro - 2012-06-14 22:26

    And in other news: Multichoice and Etv beef up security at their studios... Hahaha!!!

      erika.jatho - 2012-06-15 08:56

      Brilliant reply! Lovit

  • Freddie - 2012-06-14 22:27

    Ha ha! Man the marketing people at nandos are on FIRE!!! Ha ha well said nandos keep up the flaming adds!

  • Jbyej Junaid Itaintaday - 2012-06-14 22:28

    Nandos is jus 2 Hot! 10/10 to whoever thinks on their feet. Sjoe

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-14 22:28

    Nandos decide whether you wanna be comedians or chicken cooks. KFC makes more money than you anyway.

      Berthram Bowles - 2012-06-15 00:48

      sour grapes make for jealous raisins... just face it: their marketing efforts come up way better than ur comment

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-15 01:36

      Facts are facts. Their competition KFC and even Mcdonalds are making money while these Nandos jokers are making people laugh.

      Gerald - 2012-06-15 06:41

      Milliontwatts1 Pity that you cannot see the humour in the Nando's adverts. Do you really think that Nando's do not make less money than A KFC who needs ANC marches to boost sales. Mc Donalds were not making enough money so they sold the franchise to a South African,so who is making more than who

      vincent.sevenster.7 - 2012-06-15 06:50

      KFC is mostly just oil and fat. Nando's is MUCH better! So I think they decided on being chicken culinary experts, while dabbling in a bit of tongue-in-cheek marketing, which seems to be working rather well for them...

      mulzar - 2012-06-15 07:31

      KFC can't be compared to Nandos. KFC vs Nandos = stagnant globalization vs innovative globalization :) "Nando's will allow anyone to eat free for life if they can prove they have been to all the Nando's restaurants.Nando's has locations in Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Fiji, India, Ireland, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe." - Wikipedia

      ashleigh.m.hall.98 - 2012-06-15 08:07

      What does KFC have anything to do with this conversation anyway. Obviously you have no clue on branding or wait even a sense of Humour. Must be a die hard Isidingo fan upset that the only excitement in their life might have break in screening.

      IcemanGP - 2012-06-15 08:29

      Nandos allows you to choose what pieces you want. KFC treats it's customers like the government, you get what they give you and you must pay, even if it's like R10 for a frigging wing.

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-15 09:21

      You jokers don't know the business of franchises. KFC is the most profitable of these fast food franchises here in SA (by far). Now you wanna compare Mcdonalds and Nandos on the global market you gotta be crazy. 30 000 outlets in America alone for Mcdonalds. Nandos probably has 300 outlets world wide. So like I said before, others are making cheddar while Nandos is making half wits laugh.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-15 09:27

      Hahaha! Actually you're all stupid for being so loyal to any brand, and for eating junk food. But I do love the Nandos adverts.

      mogori.mogashoa - 2012-06-15 11:54

      Millionwatts1 you have issues and soon you'll be dying of nothing but the weight on your own shoulders.

      chille.peppa - 2012-06-15 12:41

      SO millionwatts1, what has KFC done for the children lately?

      chris.cunning.14 - 2012-06-15 13:45

      @Millionwatts1: So what if KFC makes more money. funny is funny is funny... WHAHAHAHAHA I feel like NANDOS tonight!

      SyriusB.deGrim - 2012-06-15 14:05

      have you not heard of a niche? KFC is cheaper than Nando's - get your facts right idiot!

      Sharon - 2012-06-15 17:12

      kfc is for the corrupt cops

      Carl - 2012-06-15 18:30

      Kfc is for corrupt Metro police who sit on their fat arses next to the road under a tree.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-15 22:14

      KFC, ANC, same thing. Bunch of fatty chickens.

      Aristar - 2012-06-16 04:43

      If I ate chicken I would eat Nando's before KFC, any day. The smell of old oil as you drive past any KFC just puts me off. In fact KFC is the reason I don't eat chicken.

      chris.holloway.5 - 2012-06-16 09:22

      Methinks it's the halfwits who don't understand the humor...or live sad sad lives.

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-16 13:40

      KFC is is crap loads of oil.

  • Leon - 2012-06-14 22:34

    Way to go Nando's.

  • robert.ferreiro - 2012-06-14 22:57

    well well....just like and a message...

  • migueldefreitas23 - 2012-06-14 22:59

    Hahahaha, Well done Nando's! Sharp as ever!

  • lownabester - 2012-06-14 23:14

    Thumbs up for Nando's Love your humor,

  • SANDIFUMBA - 2012-06-14 23:21

    Nandos you should be going after Steers not this maan kanti ninjani!?

  • Jesse Palmer - 2012-06-15 00:53

    This got boring after the second poster they created. Time Nando's moved on. They better start advertising what they offer as a brand, or become satirists. Can't be both. When last was one of their ads really about any of their products?

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-15 06:44

      Does it have to be about their product?....Everybody who has ever Nandos will know and those few who haven't will be curious enough to ask. Either way Nandos scores. And why shouldnt they score from SABCs lamentable lack of humour? Nandos is thumbing it's nose at the government and it's mouthpiece. And I argue that all Nandos adverts are about it's product which is as different from other fast food outlets as it's adverts.

      Rory - 2012-06-15 12:23

      Have some sex and cheer the F up.

      SyriusB.deGrim - 2012-06-15 14:08

      When was the last time you ever paid attention to any of their ads and understood exactly what they are saying? It's always better to keep uninformed opinions to oneself.

      Carl - 2012-06-15 18:32

      Didn't you get your R10 Steers special on Wednesday....shame.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-15 03:06

    Yep Nando's is becoming a pain in the posterior !! Get the f*ck out of satire and get back to grilling chicken!!

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-15 06:49

      Satire has always been part of Nandos strategy. Nandos and satire go together like Klipdrift and Eish.

      Steve - 2012-06-15 22:49


      Aristar - 2012-06-16 04:46

      In this time of atrocious politics, a good Nando's ad alleviates the pain of having to pay our taxes to support the parasites that are ruining the country. I would rather watch a hundred Nando's ads than one second of that blustering buffoon of a president and his dicknity and hole retinue.

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-06-15 05:14

    From grilled chicken outlet to cheap politicking, and by the way its the taxpayers money that will be used to fix those damages. Stick to what you do best chicken AGENTS.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-15 06:50

      et tu Brute.

      tumiblake - 2012-06-15 07:07

      Nandos might chicken agents but they have an opinion far better than you. Its the taxpayers money, so what? It was either gonna be looted by the fat-cats

      marleze.baartman - 2012-06-15 07:20

      So why are u gettin angry? Yoh! Don't u have a sense of humour? Dummy.

      jeanne.stemmet - 2012-06-15 09:09

      It's called INSURANCE Duma - even the SABC's Henley studios have that...

      tumiblake - 2012-06-15 09:16

      @Duma, stick to what you do best - which is buying a Nandos meal

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-06-15 17:29

      lol i hope the Santam guys can launch a reply "spoof as well. Loved it when they put the arrogant Nando's chaps in their place last time

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-06-15 17:29

      yeah they make it sound like's its okay to joke on others miseries

      hans.moerdyk - 2012-06-16 18:22

      LMFAO these agents are great so taste their chicken!

  • lana.crous - 2012-06-15 05:57

    Hehehe, Kudos Nando's

  • Sifiso Silombo - 2012-06-15 06:24

    hayi unosi

  • lynn.alcock.9 - 2012-06-15 06:25

    Gotta love the Nandos ads - good on ya! I say, Nandos should be in government - the discourse would be real, the humour fabulous and things might get done for a change!

  • Bzeng - 2012-06-15 06:33

    Nandoz vs SAB

      anthonycharles.williams - 2012-06-15 07:39


  • Bzeng - 2012-06-15 06:33

    Nandoz vs SABC

  • Phillip - 2012-06-15 06:37

    Should have one saying.... Our Flame-grilled chicken was far to spicy for Cherel

  • russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-15 06:55

    Flame grilled!..... it just tastes better.

  • crocky1234 - 2012-06-15 07:01

    Nando's in top form as usual

  • stephan.coetzee.14 - 2012-06-15 07:13

    I love theses guys !! Nandos keeping abreast of the rest ! Hahaha

  • Elizabeth - 2012-06-15 07:39

    Go Nando's! Tell it like it is. What happened to Freedom of Speech? Me thinks we're turning more and more into a Communist state!

  • khwezikazi.memani - 2012-06-15 07:46

    Whoow@bianca,she's in 4 a shiiiiit with da sibekos

  • gordon.wolfaardt - 2012-06-15 07:58

    Brilliant nando's, at least somebody will speak out against the goverment, hahahaha

  • Suprise - 2012-06-15 08:08

    BIG UPS NANDO'S Hahahahaha

  • Shirley - 2012-06-15 08:10

    Nice one Nandos!

  • amelia.monteiro.31 - 2012-06-15 08:24

    LOVE IT!!! Nandos is what advertising should be

  • tebogo.kwape.1 - 2012-06-15 08:25

    Nandos adds have always been sharp...

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-06-15 08:33

    Nando's seems to forget that all major broadcasters, ETV, SABC, DSTV, TopTV... banned this... Not everything Nando's does is great! I love most of their other ads, but this is lame!

  • anne.boyes.14 - 2012-06-15 08:36

    Brilliant, well done

  • tmagagula1 - 2012-06-15 08:37


  • k.b.mpete - 2012-06-15 08:37

    nandos is da best n it rocks ! N da best part of it all it was establishd in MZANSI nt sum far away c0untry ul nva go to !.... Glasses up for NANDO'S !..cheerZ . . Oh n evry friday i go to nandoz,cnt get enaf

  • geoffrey.booysen - 2012-06-15 08:39

    u gotta love these nanado's ads

  • Preshen - 2012-06-15 08:51

    Nandos rocks

  • vanetia.mentor - 2012-06-15 08:53

    lol @Nando's :-)

  • magomarele - 2012-06-15 09:18

    Simply the best. Go Nandos Go!

  • pralinedavy - 2012-06-15 09:19

    absolutely love Nando's, they always seem to find humor in everything!

  • paul.korb.9 - 2012-06-15 09:20

    I like a good Barbecue! chicken or Beef -SABC!

  • robert.olivier.92 - 2012-06-15 09:28

    LMAO!!! Brilliant

  • yvonne.lennert - 2012-06-15 09:32

    Nando's jou biscuit ... I love your humour. I must admit I didn't particularly like your xenophobic ad but I admire you for bouncing back!!

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-06-15 15:18

      It was just too close for comfort as far as some people were concerned, wasn't it now!!! The truth hurts!

  • pberchu - 2012-06-15 10:18

    Hahaha Nando's does it again. Viva Nando's

  • latifa.pule - 2012-06-15 10:33


  • Mduduzi Tshabalala - 2012-06-15 10:37

    lol...Nandos you beauty

  • vkhafu - 2012-06-15 10:42

    This country is will never rest because political organisations,business organisations, broadcasters and people are always stepping on each others toes.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-06-15 15:16

      Those toes are far too sensitive, they should try to develop a sense of the ridiculous and stop taking every single thing personally.

  • LanfearM - 2012-06-15 11:08

    ROFL! You go Nandos!