Steinhoff Africa Retail (Star) may have to eliminate billionaire Johann Rupert’s Remgro from a list of potential new investors as it seeks to distance the retailer from its scandal-hit parent, according to people familiar with the matter. Star asked Stellenbosch-based Remgro for a meeting about whether it would be interested in taking a stake, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks were private. Remgro was unlikely to proceed, they said. Remgro’s investments include hospital company Mediclinic International, and wine and spirits producer Distell Group. Management of Star engages with many investors and the nature of the discussions do not require a stock-exchange statement, a spokeswoman said in an e-mailed response to questions. Remgro did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Last week, Star said it would revert to the name Pepkor Holdings to separate itself from Steinhoff International Holdings, which in December reported accounting wrongdoi...

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