Our Story

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Our Amazing Story

WHO WE ARE IS AMAZING

Do you know what Mzansi’s most famous pizza is? It’s the Triple-Decker®, of course! And who hasn’t heard about us, Debonairs Pizza, the home of that iconic pizza? You see, we bring levels to this pizza game. We don’t just make pizza; we make oh-so-rhalising creations like the Cram-Decker®! We don’t just deliver; we do it in style, wearing a bow tie. We’re not just another pizza place; we’re a proud South African pizza brand with restaurants all over this beautiful country we call home! That’s why everyone, from corner to coast and kasi, loves our amazing pizza. So, go ahead, next time you’re hanging out at home with the fam, watching the game with the boys or at the park just chilling, try something amazing. Try Debonairs Pizza.

MEET DEBZA

Have you met Debza? He’s kind of a small, big deal around here. He knows everything about Debonairs Pizza, and if you want to know anything about everything, he’s the guy to know. Let’s introduce you:

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Can I also share a pizza me?

My name is Debza and I’m the smallest, biggest pizza influencer in Mzansi. I love Debonairs Pizza. My 2D mouth waters at the thought of it. Nowadays, people recognise me from billboards, serviettes, TV and from their favourite pizza box, of course. I’m as hot as your Debonairs pizza when it is delivered. Like our On The Triple, there’s levels to this pizza life. Until I’m the big cheese around here, you will always catch me with a pizza in my hand.

Debza.

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HOW WE TALK

KASI

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MEANING

The area or hood where you live, usually in a township.

WAWU

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MEANING

Another way to say wow.

SKAFTIN

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MEANING

Your lunchbox.

MZANSI

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MEANING

Local term for South Africa.

NYANA

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MEANING

Means a hint or a little bit and is usually added to another word.

RHALISING

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MEANING

Something that’s very crave-able and you wish you could have it. Also rhali, oh-so-rhalising.

SBWL

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MEANING

Short for sabaweli, which means to crave, want, desire and wish for something. Also sbwling.

STRUSBOB

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MEANING

To swear that what you’ve said is all true and nothing but the truth.

Our Amazing History

1991

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OUR AMAZING STORY BEGINS

With nothing but a dream and R6 000 in their pockets, two university students opened the first Debonairs Pizza restaurant at Park Lane Spar in Pietermaritzburg.

DELIVERING IN STYLE

From day one, we offer efficient, free delivery – a first for any South African brand. Plus, we do it in style, wearing a tux and a bow tie.

1996

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MOVING ON UP

We join the Steers® Group, which would later become Famous Brands – Africa’s leading branded food service company.

1997

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BUILDING BEYOND BORDERS

We open our first restaurant outside of South Africa in Manzini, Eswatini.

1998

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WE STRUT OUR STUFF ON THE CATWALK

Known for our dashing delivery tuxes, we collaborate with the Durban Designer Collection to create a line of menswear that shows our top shayela style.

SA’S FRANCHISOR OF THE YEAR

Not only did we receive this prestigious award from the Franchisee Association of South Africa, but also open our 60th restaurant in Rivonia.

1999

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LOOK MA, WE’RE ON TV!

We flight our very first TV commercial.

2005

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BROUGHT DEBONAIRS PIZZA TO SANDTON

In a star-studded event, we open our 200th restaurant in Sandton, the richest square-mile in Africa.

2008

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YEAR OF INNOVATION

We introduce our now iconic pizzas, the Triple-Decker®, Crammed-Crust® and Double-Stack®

2010

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WE TAKE AMAZING, ONLINE

We launch online and mobile ordering. A first for any pizza brand in Africa!

AMAZING FOR ONE

We introduce a small personal pizza to Mzansi – the Real Deal. Skaftins have never been the same ever since.

2012

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DOING GOOD IN MZANSI

We start sharing a little extra dough with local charities that help communities in need through our newly launched Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Doughnation.

2016

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MZANSI’S FAVE PIZZA

Mzansi votes us the 3rd most loved fast-food brand in the Sunday Times Top Brands Awards, cementing our position as the No. 1 pizza brand in the country.

OPEN OUR 600TH RESTAURANT

25 years after we started our amazing story, we open our 600th restaurant in Botshabelo.

2019

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LEVELLING UP

We go up a level and move from 3rd to the 2nd most loved fast-food brand in the Sunday Times Top Brand awards.

2020

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DEBZA GOES VIRAL

The smallest pizza influencer makes his Twitter debut and trends.

700TH RESTAURANT OPENS

We start off the longest year of the 21st century on a high note, we open our 700th restaurant.