ANC STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF RAYMOND ACKERMAN
The ANC joins millions of South Africans and the global business community in mourning the passing of Raymond Ackerman, the owner of Pick n Pay Stores.
The late Raymond Ackerman was a business pioneer who built his empire in 1960, growing it into one of the most successful businesses in the country. Through his acumen, he contributed to building the South African economy, creating thousands of jobs, entrenching the Pick n Pay footprint and building it into a brand associated with a strong corporate social investment.
For his sterling contribution to the country, he received many awards. A writer in the business community and philanthropist, Raymond Ackerman is credited with community development initiatives from which he received many accolades and awards. One of his most notable contributions is the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development responsible for the training of future managers and leaders in South Africa. In recognition of his involvement and contribution to the country’s prosperity, business and community development the South African government bestowed him with one of the country’s highest honours, the Order of the Baobab.
The ANC extends its deepest condolences to his family, the business fraternity and South Africans. May his soul rest in peace.
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