Cape Town – South African businessman, and owner of the Pick ‘n Pay supermarket group, Raymond Ackerman, found himself in a peculiar position of having to make a video to confirm that he is still alive, after rumours of his death spread across social media on Monday.
The rumours sparked on Twitter, and users were anxious to receive confirmation.
I’ve heard rumours that Raymond Ackerman of @PicknPay has passed away. Any truth in that?
— RUAN JOOSTE (@DURITZ79) November 7, 2022
The official Pick n Pay Twitter account replied to the user saying, “Hi Ruan, this is not true. Mr Ackerman is fortunately in good health.”
Ackerman, also gave his response in the form of a video, stating the day and the date before confirming that he is “actually here”.
“There’s a rumour that I died, which is going right around the country and, as you can see, it’s totally untrue. I’m fit and well, recovering from a sore leg – that’s about all that’s wrong with me.
“And I would like to thank everybody for their wishes which I’ve actually enjoyed hearing, and not having them reported to me after I died,” Ackerman said in the video.
Watch the video here:
Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman is alive and well. Apologies! pic.twitter.com/TeDlqtOPZE
— Brandon (@brandonn_journo) November 7, 2022
Ackerman who was born on March 10, 1931, purchased the first four Pick n Pay stores in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1967 from Jack Goldin. Since then, the Group has grown to encompass stores across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Nigeria, Eswatini and Lesotho.
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Compiled by Junaid Benjamin