Former Sunday Times Businessman of the Year Ronnie Lubner, who died in Plettenberg Bay on December 27 2018 at the age of 84, turned a small family business into the largest timber and glass conglomerate in Southern Africa. He then grew the PG Group into the world’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement business. Belron, which he started in the early 1970s as the international arm of the group, employs 30,000 people in 28 countries and generates sales of R64bn a year. His brother and lifelong business partner, Bertie, died in 2016 at the age of 85. They were a formidable team both in business and philanthropy. Bertie, who headed the timber side of the business in SA, was the more high profile of the two. He was the networker, the stakeholder relations man, better at interfacing with staff and more involved in the sociopolitical environment. Ronnie was the visionary, strategist and dealmaker. He could see where things were going in the long term and get into markets before anyo...

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