Richard Maponya laid to rest
South Africa’s biggest business mogul Richard Maponya was laid to rest on Tuesday morning in Soweto.
The funeral was attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa amongst many other business and political figures.
Maponya died in hospital at the age of 99 on the 6th of January 2020, after a short illness.
This Limpompo born pioneer was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Durban University of Technology in 2015. Being a black business owner during the Apartheid Era had its challenges but this business giant conquered regardless.
This father of black retail was ranked the 17th Top Influencial SA Business leaders by Entrepreneur South Africa in 2019.
Long time family friend and business man Dr Monganeni spoke of how determined Maponya was to his craft.
“He acquired most of his exceptionally skillful performance as an entrepreneur excellence through interest and his passionate desire to to learn and want to become a note worthy person in the world of business,” said Monganeni.
Former political activist Dr Mangosotho Buthelezi was a guest speaker at the funeral.
Mangosotho described Mayonya as a dreamer.
“When you seek to come to understand the nature of the man, you need to only to look at his legacy, his achievements in spite of the oppression we lived under are actually a testimony to the many attributes of his spirit, ” said Mangosotho.
Jazz musician and family friend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse performed a jazz piece at the funeral to say goodbye to his.
He was buried at the West Park Cemetery earlier today.