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Sun Star Newspaprer in Cebu Philippines

April 14, 2010

I found this information in a newspaper in Cebu, Philippines. I included a copy of some of the article below.

Mike Halgreen was sent to Cebu, Philippines by the killer of the young muslim girl in Manila. (See my previous post) I was in Cebu last month and I learned that he teamed with another South African, Bollie Bolton, in Manila and traveled to Cebu to pull another Franchise Scam in Cebu. From reports by a South African resident from Cebu that I met there they made millions from selling fake Out of Africa Franchises.  Please email this blog if you know where these two South African scam artists are.#

This is from the Sun Star Newspaper in Cebu, Philippines as a reply to an article about the South African scam artist Mike Halgreen.
Hi there Nancy,

Following on some comments published recently by other people – Disillusioned South african – who have obviously been done in by these two totally unscrupulous and unethical individuals in the running of this steakhouse franchise, I deemed it appropriate to provide you with some more information.

I was the first person to actually invest some money into the “dream” that was sold to me by messrs Daniels and Halgreen.

I was a recently retired person with some money handy to invest for a more secure and enjoyable retirement and the idea of “investing” in their proven and successful concept on the beautiful island of Koh Samui sounded exciting. The model they used would make me a 25% shareholder in the restaurant that would be set up. My “investment” was 1.5 million baht and they – Daniels and Halgreen – would each contribute a similar amount. It later transpired that this never happened.

“Our” restaurant opened late 2006 and I was the hands-on manager/owner on site. We traded for 6 months during which we did a turnover of approximately 2 million baht. Then, out of the blue, the restaurant was closed overnight due to an “unacceptable high rent”. Since I was only a 25% shareholder I had no say in the matter. The furniture – electronic equipment, specially made kitchen accessories, coffee machine, TV etc, to the value of about 300 000 baht – was then very conveniently used in other venues.

For almost a year I was “showcased” to potential investors, while I received no financial return or benefit whatsoever. Following many discussions and arguments I was then made a “franchise developer” which entitled me to a monthly salary as well as commission on any franchises sold. Needless to say that none of these payments ever materialized. Although I ate and drank in the restaurants (as some sort of compensation I suppose…) I was not paid anything for more than a year. I was on the receiving end of blatant exploitation as was the case with basically anybody and everybody that was on the receiving end of dealing with these people. This included employees, suppliers and other investors too.

During this time Christo Daniels left to develop new opportunities in the Philippines. (This followed a failure in Singapore despite what is been told to potential investors – maybe the people there saw through him too quickly…?) Seemed like history was repeating itself – running away from Phuket, then Samui….now the Philippines……what’s next…?

And then he was in jail and Mike Halgreen was trying to collect bail money. One “friend “assisted with this substantial amount of money with numerous promises and undertakings to return the money the moment Daniels was back on Samui. This has still not happened 6 months later and, interestingly enough, Mike Halgreen disappeared at about the same time and ended up in the Philippines… Coincidence?

Daniels also ran away from Samui (sounds familiar by now…?) and now tries to con new investors with their alleged “61 franchises in South Africa and 40 in Thailand and elsewhere”. Please try and Google for any of these and see what you get …….? Yes, correct……nothing….

Please be extremely cautious with these guys – you will lose money…

Should you require any additional information, especially if this will prepare you better for your next discussion with Mike Halgreen, and potentially prevent anybody else from falling prey to this exploitation, please feel free to contact me directly.

Kind regards and good luck!

Cross Alec
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terence arendse says:
May 18, 2009 at 9:51 am
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Hi Alec.

I wish to chat to you and hope you receive this request.

My mail address is terence.arendse@gmail.com

Thanks.

Terence
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A. Friend says:
August 11, 2009 at 9:25 am
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Dear Cross Alec et. al.,

Sorry to hear about your problems on Samui. Samui was the 3rd stop that I know about and there could be more. Bangkok was early days with a restaurant on Sukhumvit. Then came (2)Pickle’s Bars in Patong, followed by an African Wine Bar. All closed with investors left scratching their heads.
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Dave says:
March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am
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Hi Alex

Remember me back in 2006/7 I was there, and I then allredy tried to worn you. Are you still in Koh Samui or maybe back. I hear Daniels is hear in Pretoria?
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Disillusioned South African says:
April 28, 2009 at 7:13 am
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Hi Nancy,

Might be worthwhile to follow-up on the credibility of all the claims and statements being made by these guys…. There are several people who could provide you with facts to the contrary.

Just think about it….for a franchise business that is “present in so many countries and expanding” the basic spelling and grammar is atrocious, to say the least. Surely not something that you would expect from such a professional establishment, wouldn’t you say? Please refer to their advertisements for their different type opportunities…..Sad but funny..

Furthermore, if they are as lucrative and sound operation as they claim to be, why have they run away from Phuket firstly, and then recently from Koh Samui…? Why have none (not one!!!) of the people that have invested money in their concept on Koh Samui received any money or returns on their investments? “Halgreen said investors are guaranteed a return on investment within eight months to a year” ??? Probably because not one of these restaurants exist anymore…….Maybe they were lied to…..? Guaranteed my a…

There are at least 5 people who have invested substantial amounts of money on Koh Samui and there are at least 15 other South Africans that was totally exploited and blatantly lied to by Daniels and his partner over the last few years..

It is a pity that such unscrupulous people can get away with this type of nonsense for so long.

For anybody that might be interested in this type of franchise, please make 100% sure about all the figures you are shown and absolutely insist on 100% audited and validated statements. It would be preferable to have any due diligence done by someone independent and trustworthy.

Or maybe even better, stay away from these guys…..they are true con-artists….

And sadly…..South Africans….
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Nancy Cudis says:
May 9, 2009 at 6:31 am
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Thank you so much for these valuable information. You have given me substantial information I could use in an interview when I will chance upon them. My hope for now is that they will not make Cebu look bad to potential investors who are initally attracted to put up hotels, resorts, restaurant, and other tourism establishments here due to the efforts of public and private sectors. Again, thank you. And thank you for visiting my blog.
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Disillusioned South African says:
April 28, 2009 at 5:15 am
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Hi Nancy,

Although the true facts and circumstance about the unfortunate demise of the girl in Cebu will probably never be known, one solid fact is clear – Christo Daniels and his Out of Africa network is very dishonourable to say the least.

It would be a start for them to prove where these more than 40 outlets in Thailand and more than 60 outlets in South Africa are….?
Mr Daniels has disappeared from the island of Koh Samui – which was the home base of the Out of Africa franchise as well as 3 restaurants – with lots of people looking for him and the money that he owes them. This includes suppliers to his restaurants (which does not exist anymore)who have not been paid as well as people who “invested” in the dream that this man sold them. Daniels and their money is gone.

Disillusioned (disgusted) South African

This reminds one of a typical megalomaniac – smooth talking and “fantastic” potential based on “magnificent” figures coupled with a charismatic personality – genuine people with dreams in their hearts and some money in their pockets are “convinced” of their “excellent” investment.

This is a typical fraud and will hopefully be brought to justice soon – whether it is in South Africa, Thailand or the Philippines – before more people are relieved of their money.

In parting, it would be very interesting to see the departure stamps in his passport when he left the Philippines….? Maybe ask him about that as well as the money that allowed him to get out? Has he repaid that by any chance…..?
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Nancy Cudis says:
March 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm
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Thank you for dropping by, sir. I was about to reply to Mr. Peter that I will try to drop by again at Out of Africa-Cebu and check what I could find out to confirm his suspicions. Nevertheless, thank you for taking your time to explain your side here. I hope you will soon have a peace of mind and be liberated from your current predicament. As for Out of Africa, its branch in Cebu is doing well, based on the feedbacks from diners. It’s about time we have such exotic restaurant in our midst. I have learned that more Out of Africa branches will soon find their way in Metro Manila and in popular tourist destinations in the country like Boracay. That’s good news!
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Kasper says:
July 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm
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“Myself and Christo unfortunately became victims of a few unscrupulous policemen who used the opportunity to attempt extorting money from as we are vulnerable targets as foreigners.”

Terence, I do not know you, but I do know Christo, as well as alot of those people he has scammed here on Koh Samui, Thailand.
Whether you are a victim or not I do not know, but considering Christo’s long history of scams, as well as his general attitude the few times I have met him personally, I very much doubt he is innocent. He seems like a guy who is capable of anything, and with absolutely no conscience.
On the other hand, I do believe he has bribed the police and the family of the dead girl, in order to get out of jail.
No matter who killed the girl, Christo Daniels deserves to be in jail for a long time.
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peter says:
March 2, 2009 at 8:44 am
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christo daniels the owner of this franchise

probably same guy

see link below:

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/11/04/08/police-charge-2-south-africans-valle-verde-murder-case

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