Former Spur chief executive Pierre van Tonder shot himself in the basement of his Sea Point, Cape Town flat on the morning of Sunday, May 2, 2021 in an apparent suicide attempt. Van Tonder survived the incident and is currently in a critical condition in a Cape Town hospital.
The reasons for the suicide attempt are not known, but friends said Van Tonder had been struggling recently with depression.
Van Tonder has only recently left Spur, following a long and very successful career with the restaurant chain, which he ran as MD and CEO for 24 years. He worked for Spur for 38 years, starting as a trained manager at Seven Spur in Cape Town at the age of 23.
Current CEO Val Bourdos said people in the company were devastated by the news, and were trying to do what they could to support the family. The company would be making a formal statement later in the day.
Van Tonder was heralded for what he had done to build the company over the years. Spur currently has 640 franchise restaurants under the Spur, Panarottis, Hussar Grill and John Dory brands.
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