• WP Rugby’s ‘deal of the century’ implodes

    Flyt CEO Zane de Decker has confirmed they will seek to claim ‘damages’ from the Western Province Rugby Football Union over reneging on an agreement signed in June 2020.

    ‘Despite compliance by the Flyt Group with the agreements concluded, the WPRFU has inexplicably chosen to replace STBB as its legal advisors with a new litigation attorney, and has deliberately reneged on the transaction. The WPRFU has done so by now objecting to the agreed land value forming part of the substance of the transaction, and through its conduct is acting in flagrant disregard for the binding nature of the agreements.

    ‘It is important to point out that the land value agreed on was proposed by the WPRFU, not the Flyt Group. This value has subsequently been incorporated into the Newlands and Brookside DevCo’s that are co-owned by the WPRFU and the Flyt Group. To demand that the price be increased six months after the deal has been concluded is simply outrageous.

    ‘The Flyt Group has taken comprehensive legal advice from senior counsel, and is assured of its rights under the agreements duly concluded with the WPRFU. Accordingly, the Flyt Group will now institute a claim for damages under the agreements as it is entitled to do.

    ‘The Flyt Group is in the process of quantifying its considerable damages which, in addition to its direct costs, will include the losses sustained as a result of the lost opportunity to develop both the Newlands Stadium and Brookside property as the parties intended.

    ‘The Flyt Group had looked forward to working with the WPRFU to co-develop the Newlands and Brookside properties and in this way support the Union’s commitment to bolstering rugby in poorer communities and ensuring a sustainable future for Western Province rugby.

    ‘However, If WPRFU fails to compensate the Flyt Group for its damages, it will have no choice but to approach the appropriate forum for relief to compel payment. This will include calling up the secured loans that the Flyt Group holds over the Newlands stadium and other properties.’

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