Pizza Hut is opening its first restaurant in Africa as part of its plans to grow the brand in emerging markets, including three further African nations in 2015.

The site in Johannesburg, South Africa, will feature local flavours on the menu such as Boerewors sausage and pizza made with Peri-Peri sauce.

The company has outlined plans to open “dozens of stores” in the country, which will be a stepping stone to introduce the brand to other countries in the continent. It will open in Namibia, Angola and Zambia over the next year using the same model.

“Africa is an emerging continent with more than 1 billion people and endless possibilities for us to grow Pizza Hut over the long-term,” said Scott Bergren, CEO, Pizza Hut and chief innovation officer at Yum! Brands.

“We’re pleased to bring Pizza Hut to South Africa and look forward to expanding the Brand in other African countries in the future. We’ve just scratched the surface of growth and we’re aggressively accelerating Pizza Hut’s development across the Delivery, Express, and Dine-In channels globally.”

Pizza Hut’s parent company Yum! Brands has more than 14,000 restaurants globally, last year it opened 1,950 outside of the US, with 82% of those being in emerging markets.