Press release

Former Spur Corporation CEO Pierre Van Tonder passes away

May 10, 2021

It is with great sadness that Spur Corporation confirms that former CEO Pierre van Tonder passed away on Sunday evening, 9 May, a week after shooting himself at his home in Cape Town.

“Pierre passed away peacefully in hospital. 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 down 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.”    

“We ask for privacy for Pierre’s family in their time of grief and sorrow.”

Pierre was MD and CEO of the Spur group for 24 years and retired in December 2020. Under Pierre’s leadership the group expanded from a small business of approximately 40 restaurants into a market leading, multi-brand group with over 630 restaurants in South Africa and a presence in 17 countries.