Weight-loss com­pany leaves SA mem­bers in dark over fu­ture

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

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

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