Botswana-based businessman fails in bid to claim R6m in damages from Venter trailers

A businessman based in Botswana has lost his battle against trailer maker Venter Manufacturing in the high court in Johannesburg.

2021-10-28 08:55:00 AM

A businessman based in Botswana has lost his battle against trailer maker Venter Manufacturing in the high court in Johannesburg.

A businessman based in Botswana has lost his battle against trailer maker Venter Manufacturing in the high court in Johannesburg.

Image:123RF/SKYCINEMAA businessman based in Botswana has lost his legal battle against trailer maker Venter Manufacturing in the high court in Johannesburg.Hedley Abnett says he has lost everything in his fight with Venter and does not think he will be able to pay Venter’s legal costs, as ordered by the court in its judgment passed last week.

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Abnett had asked the court to award his company, Supa Bike, damages of R6.1m for loss of business which he claimed was a direct result of Venter's alleged breach of contract.Venter and Supa Bike concluded a dealer agreement in April 2018 whereby Supa Bike was granted the right to buy and resell Venter trailers in Botswana.

On August 23, 2019, Abnett instructed his attorneys to draft an addendum to the agreement stating, among others, that Venter Manufacturing would not supply its products to third parties within Botswana. Venter refused to sign that addendum.After that refusal, Supa Bike gave Venter 30 days’ notice cancelling the distributorship agreement for the alleged breach of contract. headtopics.com

After the cancellation of the contract, Supa Bike launched the application against Venter seeking an order that Supa Bike be awarded damages for the loss of earnings. Read more: Times LIVE »

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