A key player in the South African print arena, it is with great sadness that Printing SA announced the passing of its former president of its board and non-executive director of Novus Holdings, Lambert Retief.
Retief passed away unexpectedly from a battle against cancer on Wednesday, January 25 2017. He is survived by his wife Carol and three children Tina, Nic and Esme.
‘Mr Retief was well respected within the printing industry and his many achievements are a testament of his life, which will be remembered by all those that knew him,’ said Printing SA CEO Steve Thobela.
Retief was appointed as the first CEO of the then known Paarl Media Group in 2000, which was formed by merging National Magazine Printers and Paarl Web. In 2005, he was appointed as chairman of the group and continued to invest his expertise and knowledge of the print industry, which spans over 38 years, into the business. As an esteemed figure in the printing industry, Retief sat on the boards of a number of entities, namely Naspers, Media24, Quantum Food Holdings, Zeder Investments, Pioneer Food Group and Huguenot Investments, over the years.
He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Paarl Media Bursary Trust Fund in 2008, which still provides promising school leavers with financial support to pursue their dreams.