One-time construction giant, Group Five, plans to delist from the JSE after 46
years after the company went into business rescue in September last year.

The
company, established as an amalgamation of five companies in 1974 and
listed on the local bourse, has been struggling over the past five years due to SA’s weak economy, which hasn’t breached the 2% growth mark since 2013. Big
infrastructure projects have dried up over that time as government reined in its spending

The group’s business rescue practitioners “…do not believe that there is any realistic prospect of there
being any residual value available for or attributable to the company’s
shareholders,” it said in a stock exchange statement on Monday.

Group
Five added that it no longer complies with some JSE listing requirements, and is
also unable to release its annual results. The construction company’s shares will be removed from the bourse on June 15.

Over
the past three months some of the country’s best known firms, including Edcon and Comair, have filed for business rescue on the back of a persistently weak economy, a situation that has been further
complicated by the economic shock of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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