Weight-loss company leaves SA members in dark over future
THOUSANDS of Weight Watchers South Africa members remain in the dark about the company’s future.
This follows WWSA chief executive officer Peter Lombard refusing to answer questions about the alleged closure of the business after team leaders were informed that the company could be shutting down and liquidating its assets.
TimesLIVE has established that team leaders were sent a text message on Wednesday informing them to no longer engage in any business whatsoever until a conclusion had been reached with the liquidator.
The SMS reads: “Dear group leader‚ an application has been made for the liquidation of the company. You are‚ with immediate effect‚ not permitted to host any weekly classes or conduct any weigh-in sessions‚ take in any fees or membership monies or distribute membership stock. The liquidator‚ once appointed‚ will contact you directly for the collection of all company assets, ie, programme stock‚ weigh-in scale‚ all membership cards and monies received. WWSA.”
According to its international website‚ the more than five-decades old company offers weight management services globally through a network of companyowned and franchise operations.
Around one million people are weighed‚ one-by-one‚ at 40 000 weekly club meetings globally. Individual performances remain secret‚ but the total amount lost or gained by the group since the last session is totted up and revealed.
Christina Kennedy‚ a member who belongs to WWSA‚ said she was disappointed about the lack of honesty and communication by the company.
Media celebrity Oprah Winfrey made about $300-million ( R4.3-billion) since her 10% investment in the company two years ago. – Neo Goba