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Former Spur Corporation CEO Pierre van Tonder passes away

Van Tonder had been in hospital after he shot himself in his Sea Point home a week ago.
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Spur Corporation CEO Pierre van Tonder has passed away peacefully in hospital.

Van Tonder, who was CEO of the franchise group until his retirement in December was hospitalised a week ago as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“We extend our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to his wife Jane and children Margot and Jordan,” said Val Nichas, CEO of Spur Corporation.

“We thank everyone for their overwhelming support and prayers for Pierre over the past week. He was a much-loved friend and colleague to so many Spur employees and franchisees [over] the years. Pierre will be remembered for his passion, energy and total commitment, and his legacy will live on in our great restaurant group that he helped build and led so successfully for more than two decades.”

Van Tonder was with the group for 36 years, leading it for 24. He expanded Spur from a small business of about 40 restaurants into a market-leading, multi-brand group with over 630 restaurants in South Africa and a presence in 17 countries.

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Such a sad and tragic event 🙁

The person will unfortunately be remembered for all the wrong reasons, after the debacle a few years ago.

Very true — His “mistake” cost Spur dearly to this day.

I was working in 7 Spur in Sea Point as a “casual” as we were known then when Pierre arrived, it was clear from the start that he had a great future ahead of him at Spur. Good man indeed. RIP.

Is a self inflicted gun shot wound another way of saying he committed suicide ?

Bobby, no. He chose to exit on his terms rather than what is medically / legally available.

I’m not sure this article is appropriately positioned Moneyweb? Consider rewording please.

This is almost unbelievable.

Pierre maintained Spur as the most popular SA family restaurant franchise chain for nearly 30 years. Through many recessions, democratic elections, a race riot and covid he reflected a balanced approach and super- positive attitude. He always encouraged and represented resilience, positivity and optimism.

Something tragic and hectic, deeply personal even must have gone down for this to have happened.

A totally tragic loss of a great spirit who had excess skills, knowledge and experience to offer all. RIP dude.

Pierre maintained Spur as the most popular SA family restaurant franchise chain for nearly 30 years. Through many recessions, democratic elections, a virtual race riot and covid he reflected a balanced approach and super- positive attitude. He always encouraged and represented resilience, positivity and optimism.

Whether the wear and tear of the above or something else- a deeply personal event sparked this tragic act only he will know now.

For now I regret the loss of a man with excess skills, knowledge and experience to offer. May he Rest In Peace.

So he passed away peacefully in hospital?
Peacefully?

Maybe!

One day we will have different language than suicide and taking your own life or self-inflicted gun wounds for people that do not have euthanasia as a medical choice.

Respect people’s right to choose!!!

Well said. For now I call him a victim of a distorted world order. He could have had professional help to make his last hours tranquil and less traumatic for his loved ones.

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