Retail Icon Raymond Ackerman’s Enduring Legacy

  • Raymond Ackerman's passing leaves a significant void in South African business and the international retail landscape.
  • He was a pioneering entrepreneur who built the renowned Pick 'n Pay brand, created jobs, and supported youth development.
  • Ackerman's unwavering faith in South Africa's potential and his legacy as a job creator will be enduringly remembered.

Premier Alan Winde expressed his heartfelt condolences today on the passing of the legendary South African businessman, Raymond Ackerman. Ackerman, who left an indelible mark not only on South African business but also on the international retail landscape, passed away, leaving a void that will be deeply felt by many.

Premier Alan Winde conveyed his sincerest sympathies to Mr. Ackerman’s family, loved ones, and colleagues, highlighting the extraordinary legacy he built over more than five decades. Ackerman’s journey in entrepreneurship and retail innovation not only created the globally renowned Pick ‘n Pay brand but also set a high standard for business acumen.

A Business Pioneer and Job Creator:

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Ackerman exhibited an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit that became synonymous with his name. His dedication to excellence and constant pursuit of innovation transformed Pick ‘n Pay into a leading retail brand known and respected worldwide.

Under his leadership, Pick ‘n Pay became a beacon of South African retail, and the impact on the local economy was significant. Ackerman’s efforts led to the creation of tens of thousands of jobs over the years, contributing significantly to the nation’s employment landscape. His commitment to the South African workforce was unwavering, and his legacy as a job creator will be remembered fondly.

A Champion for Youth Development:

Beyond his business success, Raymond Ackerman recognized the importance of nurturing young talent in South Africa. He actively sought opportunities to support the development of young South Africans through training and leadership programs. His dedication to empowering the youth echoed his belief in the potential of South Africa and its people.

A Proud South African:

Raymond Ackerman’s pride in his country was palpable. He had immense faith in South Africa’s potential for growth and prosperity. Throughout his life, he remained committed to investing in the nation’s future. His passing marks the loss of a true South African icon who believed in the power of the nation to overcome challenges and reach new heights.

A Lasting Legacy:

Raymond Ackerman’s contributions to South Africa’s business landscape and his commitment to social responsibility have left an indelible mark. His legacy will continue to inspire generations of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and those who believe in the potential of South Africa.

Premier Alan Winde concluded his message by expressing his thoughts and sympathies to Mr. Ackerman’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. The outpouring of condolences and tributes from across the nation serves as a testament to the profound impact Raymond Ackerman had on South Africa and its people.



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