Group Five is still in trouble, but it will finish the Nelspruit High Court, a Stellenbosch University addition, and water projects for Pretoria and Durban anyway
- Group Five's business rescuers say they have secured financing to finish some of the struggling company's ongoing projects.
- That is good news for the residents of eThekwini, Tshwane, and Nelspruit, and students at the University of Stellenbosch.
- These are the projects Group Five now intends to finish with project-specific funding, even as business rescue continues.
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Troubled construction company Group Five intends to complete crucial infrastructure projects for the cities of Tshwane and eThekwini, despite being in business rescue.
It should also finish a major addition to the campus of the University of Stellenbosch, a new court building in Nelspruit, and a school in the Western Cape Winelands.
In an update to affected parties this week, the business rescuers now running Group Five Construction said they had secured post-commencement financing from Group Five's lenders for eight specific projects, two of them related to office parks.
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These projects are now due to continue under the banner of Group Five, unlike other ongoing construction projects that have either been halted entirely or handed over to joint-venture partners – with likely delays and other trouble for those waiting for their completion.
If all goes according to plan – though the full business-rescue plan is due only at the end of June – no such fate will befall these projects, due to affect communities around the country:
- the N2 upgrade between Caledon and Riviersonderend in the Western Cape
- the new High Court in Nelspruit
- the Jan Mouton Learning Centre at the University of Stellenbosch
- an upgrade to a sea outfall pumping system that is part of the eThekwini Southern Waste Water Treatment system
- the PC Petersen Primary School in the Cape Winelands
- an upgrade to the City of Tshwane's Temba water purification plant.
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