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October 2023 Status Update

31 October 2023

Business Rescue Status Report

ORTHOTOUCH (PTY) LIMITED (“the Company”) REGISTRATION NUMBER 2010/004096/07

ZEPHAN PROPERTIES (PTY) LIMITED (“the Company”) REGISTRATION NUMBER 2003/020174/07

In terms of Section 132(3) (a) and (b) (i) of the Companies Act No 71 of 2008 (“the Companies Act”)

(“October 2023 Status Report”)

 

To Whom It May Concern,

 

The Companies Act 71 of 2008, as amended, and more specifically section 132(3) thereof, provides that where a company’s business rescue proceedings have not ended within three months after the start of those proceedings, the practitioner must prepare a report on the progress of the business rescue proceedings and update it at the end of every subsequent month until the end of those proceedings.  The report must be delivered to all affected persons.

 

BUSINESS RESCUE PROCEEDINGS:

  1. Commencement of Business Rescue: 7 November 2019.
  2. Appointment of Business Rescue Practitioner (BRP) – J du Toit: 14 November 2019.
  3. First Meeting of Employees: 27 November 2019
  4. First Meeting of Creditors: 28 November 2019
  5. Business Rescue Plan filing date: 31 March 2020
  6. Special creditors meeting: 10 January 2023
  7. Claim Registration Site: Live on 1 February 2023
  8. Registration for meeting closed on 21 March 2023
  9. 2nd Creditors meeting: 31 March 2023
  10. Business Rescue Plans Approved: 31 March 2023
  11. Creditor Claim Affidavit Submission extended to: 31 July 2023 (approximately 2000 claims have been received to date, additional late submissions have been received with a reason as to why submission is late for the BRP to peruse)

 

BUSINESS PROGRESS

  1. Continuance of the Business
  1. I am constantly engaging with the officers of Orthotouch and Zephan in ensuring the continuance of the business in the absence of Nic Georgiou.
  2. The replacement director has been appointed and the records at CIPC has been modified accordingly.

 

  1. Properties
  1. We continue to have full control over the properties.
  2. We have restructured the admin duties and functions. DTB has appointed an independent management company to oversee the remaining properties, and this has already shown an increase in monthly income. We continue to engage with them in regard to the running of the properties and the collection of rental income.
  3. We have received an offer to purchase on the Goldwill Property (Weltevreden Park) with the purchaser looking to occupy a portion of the property. We are still exploring the best possible solution in regard to the sale of the Goldwill Property as the income and expense on the property is not viable due to 50% of the property being vacant.
  4. List of Remaining Properties:
    1. John Williams Building – To be transferred to the Purchaser. This transaction was concluded, and funds were received prior to Business Rescue. We are currently following the money trail of the funds prior to the transfer of the property and will advise as soon as we have further information.
    2. Banbury Crossing Building – cancelled sale agreement which was concluded prior to Business Rescue. An eviction order has been obtained.
    3. Wilpark Building – cancelled sale agreement which was concluded prior to Business Rescue. An eviction order is in process.
    4. Midas Building – Receive monthly rental from tenants, funds used for the upkeep on the property as well as the payment of the municipal bill. We are looking at the possibility of selling this property to maintain the cashflow of the company’s expenses.
    5. Goldwill Building – in the process of being transferred from Highveld Syndication to Zephan Properties Pty Ltd and a sale is currently being considered.
    6. F&V Klerksdorp – long term lease which has been cancelled as it is not viable against the rental charged by Transnet as Landowner.

 

  1. Proposer Involvement
  1. As per the approved Business Rescue Plan, the investor/creditor (once the Valid Claim has been proved) will receive 5 cents in the rand by means of a cash payment up and above any repayments received during the investment period.
  2. The online portal whereby the investor/creditor is able to obtain information surrounding the submission of their claim can be accessed from the following link: https://orthotouch.creditorsinfo.org/
  3. This is same online portal which was used for the voting process regarding the Amended Drafted Business Rescue Plan but has now been amended since the main activity at this stage is the submission and proof of claims.
  4. Notifications have continuously been issued to all creditors with instructions on how to proceed, and reference is made to the link as stated above for further detailed information.
  5. An agreement was concluded with the Proposer in regard to the terms and conditions of the payment to the investor/creditor.
  6. Proposer involvement currently suspended pending the liquidation application.

 

  1. Business Rescue Plan and Process
  1. Since the declarator judgement has been received, a revised BR Plan was finalized, redrafted, and voted upon at the 2nd creditors meeting on 31 March 2023.
  2. Such revised BR Plan was approved by the majority of the creditors (88.7% voted in favour of the Plan).
  3. A Notice of adoption was sent to all affected parties as well as placed on the website.
  4. The repayment of the creditors’ claims, once vetted after 31 July 2023 and liquidation litigation has been finalised, will be done via a cash payment as an EFT to the creditor’s bank account as proved with the claim documents. The share option is no longer applicable.

 

  1. Auditing
  1. As previously stated, we are permanently engaging with the auditor in finalising the financial statements. All Management accounts for Orthotouch are in the process of being completed, which will assist the auditors to complete the AFS for both Orthotouch and Zephan.
  2. A new auditing firm has been appointed as the auditors for the companies Orthotouch and Zephan. We have handed over the duties and information from the previous auditors to the new auditors.
  3. To complete the AFS there are many Intercompany loan accounts that must be reconciled and verified. We are in touch with the auditors (old and new) to finalise this process.
  4. It is our intention to finalise the AFS to date as soon as possible.
  5. We have subsequently received financial information from 2008 to date from the new auditor. We are in the process of reviewing the information and engaging with the auditor whereby the auditors are to reconcile the financial records against the bank accounts. The draft AFS received from the previous auditors appears to be incomplete and the new auditors will rectify accordingly.
  6. We are currently engaging with SARS on this matter however we need to finalise all financials to date before we can file the AFS for Orthotouch and Zephan.
  7. For both Orthotouch and Zephan to be updated, the shareholders and the connection to the shareholders also need to be updated as a group to finalise the intercompany loans and group entities in conjunction with the Companies.

 

  1. I continue, as always, to exercise my duties as Business Rescue Practitioner and remain in control of the businesses and assets of the Business Rescue Companies.

 

LITIGATION

  1. As advised in previous reports, certain attorneys persist with litigation in blatant disregard of the provisions of Chapter 6 of the Companies Act, and the moratorium against legal action as regulated by Section 133 of the Companies Act. I will continue to vigorously oppose and defend any legal action duly represented by the Companies’ legal team where the rights of the creditors will be detrimentally affected.
  2. Please see the below link to the various litigation matters which are currently ongoing:

 

Letter dated 12 March 2021 in regard to the ongoing litigation matters:

https://1drv.ms/b/s!Aq7VguEjA8oSg4RZ_jnAvfHWar5oFA?e=BILJgD

 

  1. Please see the link to the SECTION 145 NOTICE in regard to an application which was brought by three ‘affected creditors groups’: https://1drv.ms/b/s!Aq7VguEjA8oSh7ktzgX93y0WYF-mng?e=JMqXir

 

  1. The “Black Application”

 

  1. This application is in regard to a group of creditors looking to attach funds held by the receiver in the previous Scheme of Arrangement.
  2. Such funds are currently under my control in an investment trust account which is held by attorneys in the amount of R 1.2 million.
  3. We are opposing such application as I am of the opinion that the funds belong to ALL creditors and not only a small portion of the creditors.
  4. Black and Eichstad are still pursuing this matter.

 

  1. The “STRAUSS & ANOTHER” Application

 

  1. In the process of finalising and filing papers.

 

  1. The Litigation status report, in terms of the Companies Act, pertaining to all litigation matters has been published in terms of the Companies Act and is available inter alia via the Orthotouch *website.   

* WWW.ORTHOTOUCH.CO.ZA

 

ORTHOTOUCH AND ZEPHAN CREDITORS CLAIMS:

 

Approximately 2 000 claims have already been received.

All creditors were to submit their creditor claim affidavit and supporting documents by 31 July 2023. The instructions are shown at https://orthotouch.creditorsinfo.org/of/ortho/LoadClaims/ and claim forms to be completed can also be obtained at this site.  Please note that the claims were to be submitted by EMAIL method as explained on the above website.

After 31 July 2023, creditors are to submit their claims to info@dtbbusinessrescue.co.za together with a strong motivation as to why the claim is late for consideration by the BRP.

After the approval of the business rescue plan on 31 March 2023, extended time was given to submit claims to ensure that no investor is excluded from the system and to provide the creditors with sufficient time to submit their claim.

It is to be noted that if a creditor does not submit their claim as per the approved Business Rescue Plan, their claim in the company will fall away and they will receive no payment. It is, therefore, urged that ALL creditors (even those who are in support of the Class Action) are to submit their claim accordingly.

We are in the process of assessing and vetting all claims in compliance with the BR Plan. Creditors will be advised of the outcome and will be informed accordingly. We are in the process of collating claims and obtaining additional information, if required. All creditors shall receive notice in due course in regard to whether their claim was accepted or rejected. Reasons will be provided for the rejection of claims to afford the creditor the opportunity to dispute or to comply to requirements.

However, payment in terms of the approved Business Rescue Plan will be delayed until finality regarding the Eichstad and Theron attorney applications against the Business Rescue Process is reached in court.

 

Yours faithfully

Jacques Du Toit

Director & Senior Business Rescue Practitioner

DTB Business Rescue

B.Proc, Dip. Tax, Attorney, Notary, Conveyancer