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Gvt takes over CAPS

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Government has taken full control of troubled drug-maker, CAPS Holdings, after buying out former major shareholder, Frederick Mtandah. President Robert Mugabe’s government is also finalizing discussions with potential local and foreign investors to partner it in reviving the business, which ran into problems a few years ago after battling to forestall high gearing. One of its key properties came close to being auctioned to pay off debts last year, only four years after the CAPS board had de-listed the pharmaceutical group from the domestic bourse. CAPS is the parent company of a chain of drug-making and distribution units that include QV Pharmacies, Caps Pharmaceuticals and Geddes Limited. It used to run St Anne’s Hospital but was kicked out this year after the property’s owners refused to renew the lease. It also has a footprint in South Africa and Botswana. – Fin Gaz

 

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