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IFA HR Cancels Liviero Contract and Work to Resume at Fairmont Zimbali Hotel
(Monday, August 31, 2009) - Click to view Press Release

“Work will resume at the Fairmont Zimbali Hotel & Resort site and every attempt will be made to meet the scheduled deadlines”, says Wessel Witthuhn, President of IFA Hotels & Resorts Africa and Indian Ocean.

“IFA HR is still the single largest foreign tourism investor in the Province of KZN. When we entered KZN in 2003 to develop Zimbali Coastal Resort we promised to deliver a new internationally branded and operated 5-star hotel for Zimbali. Nothing and no one will stop us from keeping that promise” he said.

“It is not our company policy to conduct our business through the media, however for the purpose of reassuring stakeholders and members of the public, IFA HR has been left no alternative but to issue today’s statement. During the past week, IFA HR has been the subject of two scurrilous media releases issued by Liviero Building, the principal contractor for the construction of the iconic Zimbali Fairmont Hotel & Resort. IFA HR believes that these statements were made maliciously and with the intent to cause severe financial harm and gain an undue advantage in a commercial dispute. The only course of action left open to us is to cancel the Liviero building contract, which has now been done, and enlist the services of our other contractors and subcontractors to finish the work timeously”, he continued.

Despite the spurious allegations made by Liviero Building, IFA HR chose not to use the mass media as a platform to air its own grievances against Liviero, but maintained a dignified silence until such time as its legal team advised IFA HR to issue a statement. IFA HR sought, and successfully won, an interdict in the Durban High Court on Thursday 27 August 2009 which granted an interim order restraining Liviero from preventing access to the Zimbali Hotel site under construction.

“The construction of the five star Hotel & Resort at Zimbali is a high profile development offering enormous benefits to both the Province of KZN and to tourism in general, and it is most unfortunate that Liviero has used gutter press tactics to draw attention to itself. IFA HR is financially sound, and I wish to assure our partners, customers and the media that IFA HR is more than able to meet its commitments both locally and internationally and is grateful for the massive support it has received this past week.” concluded Witthuhn.


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