Virgin Active-owner Brait seeks UK listing, new funding

2016-09-15 13:58

Brait SE, the SA investment firm that owns UK chains Virgin Active and New Look, plans to list on the London Stock Exchange and will consider selling new equity to fund future deals.

Virgin Active set to expand in Africa

2015-12-23 17:33

Virgin Active has opened its first health club in Botswana and regards it as a significant step in the group’s expansion into Africa.

Virgin Active apologises for T-shirt incident

2015-08-14 22:19

Virgin Active has apologised to Mohammed Desai for denying him entry to its Old Eds branch after he wore a Boycott Divestment and Sanctions T-shirt.

Members must be tolerant of others - Virgin Active

2015-08-13 13:25

Items of clothing are not banned from Virgin Active branches but members must exercise tolerance and respect for others, the gym group has said after one of its members said he was kicked out for wearing a pro-Palestine T-shirt.

Virgin Money posts robust H1 profit on surge in mortgage lending

2015-07-28 17:08

British bank Virgin Money says its first-half profit has jumped 37%, bolstered by a surge in mortgage lending.

Brait to buy 80% of Virgin Active for R12bn

2015-04-16 12:16

SA-listed Brait has entered into an agreement to acquire an 80% interest in the health club operator Active Topco (Virgin Active) for about £682m.

Virgin Active warms up to Jozi IPO - Sky News

2015-02-06 10:32

Virgin Active has hired South African-based Standard Bank Group to list it on the JSE, reports, Sky News.

East Rand businesses struggle without water

2014-09-26 14:40

Businesses in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg, have been affected by the low water supply in the area, with many resorting to bringing water from their homes.

Girl raped at top Durban gym: No arrests yet

2014-08-20 08:27

Police have reportedly still not made any arrests for the rape at the weekend of a 15-year-old girl at a top Durban gym, despite having CCTV footage.

Gym makes a plan for autistic boy

2012-12-08 11:04

After promising to find a solution to a mother and son's frustration, a Virgin Active spokesperson says the gym will design a workout that will address the autistic teenager's needs.


Brait sees 76% boost in net asset value on UK buys

2016-06-14 09:36

Brait has reported a 76.7% increase in its net asset value as its UK acquisitions, Virgin Active and New Look, produced good results.

Virgin Active apology a ‘victory for freedom of expression’

2015-08-15 11:00

Boycott Divestment and Sanctions South Africa has hailed Virgin Active’s apology to member Mohammed Desai as a victory for freedom of expression.

Activist still taking Virgin Active to SAHRC over T-shirt incident

2015-08-14 13:18

Activist Muhammed Desai says he is still going to take Virgin Active to the SA Human Rights Commission and the Equality Court, even though he has been given permission to wear his BDS “pro-Palestine” T-shirt in its gyms.

Virgin Active member going to SAHRC over T-shirt incident

2015-08-13 12:08

A pro-Palestine activist who was allegedly kicked out of a Virgin Active gym in Johannesburg over a T-shirt he was wearing says he will be going to the SA Human Rights Commission and the Equality Court.

Brait still has R24bn to spend - Christo Wiese

2015-04-24 09:59

The investment company is seeking to buy businesses that are cash generative and have a proven management team, according to its largest shareholder Christo Wiese.

Virgin Active seeking IPO in JHB by June

2015-02-08 10:58

Virgin Active wants to hold an initial public offering in Johannesburg by the end of June this year, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Virgin Active dumps Tim Osrin

2014-10-21 11:41

Local health club Virgin Active has announced that it has terminated its contract with well-known athlete and coach Tim Osrin.

Gym rape suspect cleared

2014-09-15 14:49

A man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl at a Virgin Active gym in August will not face prosecution, after CCTV footage and evidence of a relationship emerged.

More direct Cape Town-Heathrow flights resume

2013-08-28 15:40

An international carrier will start direct flights between Cape Town and London in time for the Cape summer season.

Gym won't take 'kids like that'

2012-12-07 11:21

A Cape Town mother is furious after a local gym said it couldn’t allow her autistic son to join a class for children.

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