African Global Operations, known as Bosasa, has confirmed in a statement that the company is under voluntary liquidation after their bank communicated a decision to close down the company's banking facilities.
AGO confirms the move will not affect its ongoing operations.
See the full statement below:
AFRICAN GLOBAL OPERATIONS GROUP OF COMPANIES
It is with deep regret that the Board of Directors announce the voluntary liquidation of the AFRICAN GLOBAL OPERATIONS Group of Companies. We received formal notification from our financial institution of the decision to distance itself from the Group and as a result the closure of all the entities bank accounts on or before 28 February 2019.
To avert a situation whereby the Group would not be able to further operate as of the 1st of March 2019, AFRICAN GLOBAL Group Board applied with various financial institutions, locally and internationally for a trading account.
The extensive reputational damage in the past few months, occasioned by negative media reports, has resulted in financial institutions determination that the AFRICAN GLOBAL Group poses a reputational risk for them as clients.
The decisions made by the financial institutions are not based on the AFRICAN GLOBAL Group's liquidity status, financial stability, operational performance or growth forecasts. On the contrary, the Group is both factually and commercially solvent. Tragically, the Group will be unable to trade without a Bank account.
In consultation with various legal teams, industry specialists and in accordance with the obligations imposed by the Companies Act 71 of 2008, the AFRICAN GLOBAL Board was advised that the obligation inter alia states that if it is foreseeable that a company will not be able to pay creditors, as payments fall due within the next six ensuing months, the company has an obligation to either enter into Business Rescue or Voluntary Liquidation.
In South Africa every employed person supports about five other people and the African Global Group has in excess of 4500 employees; resulting in 25000 people being impacted by possible loss of employment
The potential termination of 108 unemployed black youth that are currently on learnerships and internships, who through this initiative are receiving a monthly stipend whilst gaining valuable workplace experience
The devastating ripple effect on suppliers and contractors is unparalleled as the group has in excess of 3100 suppliers; many of whom are small businesses dependent on the work received from the Group.
The 32 Creches in Orange farm that the Group is supporting with early childhood development initiatives and numerous other projects.
As AFRICAN GLOBAL Group of Companies we have been unique in our service offering. We have been leaders in various sectors and contributed to the improvement of service delivery in South Africa. This we did by serving our clients with the best standards and futuristic solutions. We have made a substantial positive contribution in different of society where our teams have operated.
We confirm that nowhere and no one has reported that we have failed to deliver quality service to our clients. We always met/exceeded our client's expectations.
Credit must go to our outstanding, hardworking and loyal staff who unfortunately, through no fault of their own, face an uncertain future.
Our vision has always been to provide service excellence and in so doing, impact and change the lives of thousands of people, for the better. We have accomplished this, and it is a fact that cannot be refuted. This work will forever remain and will not go unnoticed as an indelible legacy transforming lives for the better.
As the current leadership of AFRICAN GLOBAL, we abide in the knowledge that during this process of liquidation, many lives will continue to be transformed for the better and that as we move forward, we will witness yet the dawn of a new era.
We furthermore wish to take this opportunity to thank all our stakeholders for the invaluable journey, experiences, memories and a purpose driven future ahead.
In conclusion, we focus on the future and move forward in the knowledge that as a society, we will all continue to build a better future for all.
Note that this does not affect current operations and staff remain employed and we go about with our work till informed otherwise
Please be advised that as of today, directors and employees of African Global Operations will not be making any further public statements.