A tribute to Mr Jannie Ackerman
It is with extreme sadness that the Board of the Senior Tour announces the passing of Jannie Ackerman in the early hours of yesterday morning. Condolences go out to his family, all his friends and business associates- he will be sorely missed.
We know Jannie as a professional golfer, who played on the Sunshine Tour and whose early business interests were at the Witbank Golf Club Pro Shop, where he served as the local PGA professional for over 20 years. He then moved on from there to become a very successful businessman in the coal mining and associated industries.
Jannie appeared to be larger than life to all who met him. His kind and helping heart to all was his biggest attribute. All were welcome in this space.
He joined the Senior Tour 13 years ago and immediately made an impact in assisting with the growth of the game of golf. Eight years ago, Jannie was one of the founders of the company (Senior Professional Golf Tour of SA) formed to create the NPO to which he became Chairman. Further, Jannie will be remembered as the force behind the organisation of 41consecutive annual tournaments for professional golfers. Initially these were held at the Witbank Golf Club and later at the Silver Lakes facility near Pretoria. His quiet contribution to golf was enormous and appreciated by all who played in these Pro-Am events. The SA Senior Masters was his baby, and the tournament is a permanent fixture on the Senior Tour calendar.
In the background and unknown to most was his never-ending possession of generosity to his fellow human beings. We can announce that he has assisted many fellow members in our organisation in cash and kind without expectation of return. He was a figure head at the Witbank Golf Club, Silver Lakes, the Senior Tour, his businesses but more importantly with his love and friendship to all. Always courteous, calm and collected with an available helping hand to most. Socially he was active and fun to be with his bellowing laugh. He just loved the company of people and friends loved him in return.
There are many memories of Jannie, and we can write a novel about his life and activities. We take this sad period to say goodbye to Jannie for it is God’s will and he has gone to a place of eternal life. We commiserate with Pam, Jason, Thys and other family members for their loss and pray that the Lord will find healing in their hearts and minds.
Cheers Jannie you were a fantastic friend and human being.
The SA Senior Tour Management