Legend has it that at the last Rugby World Cup in France in 2007, former Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson bumped into then outgoing Pick n Pay CEO Sean Summers and said: “Jirre, Seanie, wat het jy nou na gelos? What do you English people say, it’s like clubbing seals. Whatever Raymond paid you I’ll pay you double not to come back.”

The two giants of SA retail had fought tooth and nail for decades, but Summers’ departure signalled the end of any close competition, fitting given the Boks beat England by a still disputed toe’s breadth on the touchline that year in Paris to raise the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for a second time. ..

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