And the winners are......

The favourite brands in the townships revelaed

 The top brands in South Africa’s townships were revealed in a Daily Sun supplement on 16 May 2017. Market research company, Ask Afrika, conducted a comprehensive nationwide survey with a sample that is representative of the township population comparing brand usage across 144 product categories and ranking 2 996 brands. This year, 36 Ask Afrika Kasi Star Brands and 59 potential Kasi Star Brands emerged from the study. Kasi Star Brands are woven into the fabric of vibrant South African townships.

The overall 2017/2018 Kasi Star Brands winner and favourite township brand is Coca Cola, with KFC in second place, Kiwi shoe polish third, Koo beans fourth and Mageu No 1 fifth. Coca Cola has been the top township brand for two years running.

Ask Afrika Kasi Star Brands are defined as brands that are used most loyally by South African township consumers. These brands encapsulate a common experience and Kasi consumers are committed to them.

The top brands in South Africa’s townships were revealed in a Daily Sun supplement on 16 May. This year, 36 Kasi Star Brands and 59 potential Kasi Star Brands emerged from a comprehensive nationwide survey.

1.  Coca Cola

Non-Alcoholic Cold Drinks:  Colas And Other Fizzy Drinks

2.  KFC

Fastfood Outlets

3.  Kiwi

Shoe Polish

4.  Koo (Beans)

Tinned Beans/Vegetables

5.  Mageu No 1

Milk:  Mageu/Maheu

6.  Shoprite

Food Retail (Supermarket)

7.  CTM

Tile Retail Stores

8.  All Gold

Condiments And Sauces:  Tomato Sauce

9.  Lucky Star

Tinned Fish

10.  Sta-Soft

Fabric Softners

11.  Clover

Milk: Fresh

12.  JC Le Roux

Wine Sparkling

13. Huletts (Sugar)

Sugar & Sweeteners

14.  Dettol

Liquid Antiseptics

15.  Black Cat

Spreads (Peanut Butter, Jam, Savoury and Sweet Spreads, Syrup, Honey)

16.  McCain

Frozen Chips and Potato Products

17.  Colgate

Toothpaste (Normal)

18.  Knorrox

Stock Cubes

19.  Dulux


20. Defy (Stove)

Stoves / Ovens / Hobs

21.  Bostik


22.  MTN

Telecommunications  ( Cell Main Network Provider )

23.  Bull Brand

Tinned Meat

24.  Gillette

Razors (Male)

25.  Huggies


26.  BP (Express)

Garage Convenience Shop

27.  Fatti's and Moni's


28.  Frisco

Hot Drinks:  Instant Coffee

29.  Colgate

Toothbrushes: Manual

30.  Always (Pads/Towels)

Female Sanitary Products

31.  Avon

Eye Make-Up

32.  Doom

Insecticides / Insect Repellents

33.  Elastoplast

Medicine:  Sticking Plaster

34.  Ultra Mel


35.  Tastic

Rice (Rice And Couscous)

36.  Rama

Margarine / Butter

Proudly South African

Coca Cola the international giant is continuing to enable a customised approach for their brand.  The ability of a global brand such as Coke to merge local vernacular with a personal intimate occasion between two potential lovers, is the ideal recipe for loyal consumption of Coca Cola to celebrate special moments.

Kasi consumers are proudly South African and opt to buy goods that are produced locally, believing that South African products are usually of high quality. They think that it is important that brands act ethically and refuse to buy products from a company that they disapprove of. Kasi consumers support brands that empower previously disadvantaged South Africans.

“The Target Group Index (TGI) data has shown that Kasi consumers are very loyal to South African heritage.  Tradition and community is important in the Kasi where people take care of one another.  They expect the same from brands that they pay money for,” says Dr Amelia Richards.

Sharing and CSI

Brands that share what they achieve in empowering and uplifting disadvantaged communities through their CSI initiatives will garner loyalty from the Kasi consumer.

Not only did the KFC “Add Hope” campaign feed 5 million children during World Hunger month, but it feeds 110 000 children every day. In 2016 the KFC initiative included the unveiling of the wall mural on Vilakazi street in Soweto, increasing awareness for the campaign. The residents can collect seeds from the tree mural on the wall encouraging them to grow their own vegetables and fruit.

 “Brands that connect and identify with the language, the culture and local style will win over the hearts of Kasi consumers. Respect is inherent in the Kasi culture as are ethics, caring for the past and present, hope and a belief that we will all build a better future, as a collective – brands are expected to be part of this ethos,” concludes Richards.