Heinz Schenk
4 minute read
7 Apr 2020
9:38 am

The morning Pick n Pay and Raymond Ackerman had to save a Stormers semifinal

Heinz Schenk

As part of our 25th anniversary specials on Super Rugby, we remember the day the businessman had to personally write out a cheque to avert a clumsy players' strike.

Raymond Ackerman has been a passionate rugby fan since he was a boy. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sunday Times / Esa Alexander)

Raymond Ackerman makes no secret of how he adores rugby, particularly the Stormers and Western Province. The founder of Pick n Pay, who was a decent player during his age-group years at the University of Cape Town before injury put paid to any higher ambitions, cultivated his deep love for Newlands as an eight-year-old in 1939's Currie Cup final, even though legendary Transvaal winger Otto van Niekerk would break his and Province's heart that day. It's little wonder then that on the morning of 22 May 1999, Ackerman felt a strong obligation to personally intervene in a crass, clumsy players'...