Raymond Ackerman to speak at t

Raymond Ackerman to speak at the South African Chamber of Commerce in London

Join former Chairperson of the Pick n Pay Group and internationally renowned businessman Raymond Ackerman as he discusses “Can a company have a soul in modern South Africa?”

Raymond Ackerman to speak at t

Raymond Ackerman was born in Cape Town in 1931 and educated at Diocesan College (Bishops) and the University of Cape Town, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. At UCT, Ackerman developed the social conscience that was to characterise his career and was profoundly influenced by the economist Professor WH Hutt, from whom he learnt the dangers of monopolistic practices and cartels, and the primacy of the customer in economic relations.

In 1966 Raymond bought four small stores in Cape Town trading under the name Pick ‘n Pay and belonging Harry Goldin and Partners, who later went on to found the Clicks Group. The purchase price was R620,000. This was an early Private Equity deal in South Africa and had 50 investors in the unlisted Pick n Pay.

By the time Raymond finally retired and handed the chairman’s reins to son Gareth, Pick n Pay was operating 20 hypermarkets and 402 supermarkets across South Africa, while group turnover stood at almost R50 million. Today, Pick n Pay has over 1,000 supermarkets throughout South and Southern Africa, including corporate and franchise stores.

Over the years, Raymond has been honoured by numerous institutions for his services to both business and corporate social responsibility. In 2008, he and Trevor Manuel were the joint recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship Award and he has been awarded honourary doctorates by Rhodes University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal together.

In 1987 and again in 2001 he received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary International and in 1993 Advertising Age International named him as one of the “World’s Top 40 Marketing Superstars”.  In 1994 The Argus named him “Businessman of the year” and the Herald Times awarded him “Business Achiever of the Year”. The Sunday Times Business Times has awarded him the “Lifetime Achiever Award”.

In 2014, Raymond was awarded the Order of the Baobab (Silver) from the State President for decades of service to the community and consumers.


Date: 28 January; 6:30 pm

Tickets :£20 from www.southafricanchamber.co.uk/events

Location: TBC