[19/11/10] Welcome to Harry Sacks‘s Life Stories homepage. Harry was born on 28 Dec 1940 in Muizenberg, a seaside village on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. This interview describes a wonderful bygone era featuring Harry’s family and his life growing up and starting out life in Muizenberg in the 1940′s, 50′s and 60′s. Muizenberg was a mecca for holiday makers and Harry’s family lived in the middle of it all providing groceries and meat to locals and seasonal visitors through their legendary family business which was started by Harry’s parents. The business subsequently became Sacks Butcheries and is still run by Harry today, partnered by his son Saul.
This interview pays tribute to Harry’s parents Solly and Irene Sacks (nee Trackman), his wife Evelyn and his children Fiona, Saul, Lesley and Gila. For people who have fond memories of Muizenberg in days gone by, are family and friends of the Sacks’s or are interested in ‘buying on the book’ and the development of the retail food game in Cape Town, this interview is for you. We know you are going to love it.
Part 1: Harry’s parents; Muizenberg in the early days; the first store; Harry’s brother Basil is born; Sacks Delicacies in York Road becomes an institution…
Part 2: The 1950s; ‘the season’ in Muizenberg; imported goods, Sacks delivery men; buying ‘on the book’; Harry develops a passion for the business…
Part 3: Home life; the Jewish community; Mrs Loubscher’s kindergarden; school life; childhood antics; a broken leg; looking after Basil; cheder …
Part 4: School (cntd); the family moves ‘upwards’; Harry’s barmitsvah; the Muizenberg shul; December – ‘the greatest time ever!’; meeting Evelyn, courtship, marriage …
Part 5: Wedding and getting set up; Fiona is born; the neighbours; shul; Bergdale Meat Market; Jack Goldin, cash & carry trading and the origins of Pick ‘n Pay; the death of Solly Sacks (1981)
Part 6: Expanding the business; the new Sacks Butcheries HQ; the end of ‘on the book’ trading; selling Sacks Discount Foodmarket and breaking apartheid law …
Part 7: Harry’s children; government contracts; moving out of Muizenberg in 2004; the business today; Muizenberg today…
Harry and his parents
Harry and Evelyn
Harry and Evelyn Wedding
Fiona - Harry's daughter
Harry's son Saul
Lesley - Harry's daughter
Harry's daughter Gila
A tribute to Harry's father Solly Sacks
Young Harry at the family home in Muizenberg
The Movie Harry took Evelyn to on their first date
Harry's father Solly Sacks
Harry's mother Irene
4 comments to Harry Sacks (69) – A Muizenberg Story
Harry I thought I had lost the card you gave me, but I found it. We both thoroughly enjoyed listening and watching you relate your story of your family and especially about yourself and how you have achieved and enjoyed your journey and experience up the ladder of success in the butchery business. You have obviously emulated a great deal of your late father and mother and learned a great deal of what they taught you and your achievements are a credit to them as well as yourself. “Kol Hakavod” Harry you are are a fine example for your family and a nice, kind, charitable man to your friends and fellowman. We look forward to seeing you and Evelyn hopefully some time soon in the future. Fondest regards,,, Benny and Eleanor
Fascinated by these memories – do you recall the Grand Hotel, too? Probably bought from your parents’ shop(s). Run by my father, Jean Walder, during WW2 and for a while after.
Hi Dennis. I have emailed your comment to Harry. I called him and he certainly remembers the Grand Hotel and your dad Jean. Regards Lisa
I don’t think I am any relation! But I am interested in the Grand Hotel because I understood that my grandmother owned it during at least part of WW2. My father was the youngest son and did not go to war as he was studying to be a doctor and I understood that during that time he helped his mother run the Grand Hotel. If anyone can fill me in with its history I’d be really interested.