Group 5 offices in Woodmead North of Johannesburg.photo by Simphiwe Mbokazi

Johannesburg – Listed construction company Group Five is going through a restructuring and is set to retrench.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the embattled company said most of its changes are aimed at unlocking shareholder value and addressing mainly the loss-making Engineering & Construction (E&C) cluster.

The changes are being implemented by acting CEO Themba Mosai, who joined the company in March. Group Five continues to seek a permanent replacement, it says.’

It says the E&C Cluster has now been split into Construction: South Africa, Construction: Rest of Africa and engineer, procure and construct (EPC) sector businesses.

“These changes will result in more focused businesses with appropriate resources and cost bases relevant to the regions and service offerings provided.”

This change, it says, led to the implementation of voluntary and forced retrenchments that are set to conclude at the end of June.

Group Five did not indicate how many people were affected by the retrenchments.

The South African and Rest of Africa Construction businesses will be led by the executive director of Construction, Mark Humphreys, who has been with the group for 29 years.

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Peter de Vries, who has been with the group for 11 years and has significance experience in EPC contracting, will lead the EPC / sector-driven business.

The group will continue to support and grow its annuity and cash-generating clusters of Investments & Concessions and Manufacturing. The strategic equity partnership with Aberdeen Infrastructure Funds, currently being implemented in the Investments & Concessions cluster and announced on December 5, is progressing well with only a number of outstanding regulatory conditions to be met, says Group Five.

The group adds its Kpone Independent Power Plant (Kpone) project is now approaching its completion phase.

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