Condolences continue to pour in for prominent South African businessman Richard Maponya who passed away on Monday morning.
The 99-year-old business icon passed away after a short illness.
Former Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale says Maponya worked hand-in-hand with other business people in the area.
He stayed on the parcel of land (Maponya Mall) for 20 years looking for money until he got help and then he built the biggest retail space in Soweto.— Bonang Mohale, Former CEO - Business Leadership South Africa
This is the guy who came up with the phrase 'riding the tiger of apartheid'. He came up with the ideological foundations of what today we call the broad-based black economic empowerment.— Bonang Mohale, Former CEO - Business Leadership South Africa
He was an amazing visionary.— Bonang Mohale, Former CEO - Business Leadership South Africa
It’s the end of an era.— Vusi Thembekwayo (@VusiThembekwayo) January 6, 2020
Very reminiscent of the day we lost Bab’ Max Maisela.
These were the true & original doyens. They wrote their own rule book because they were not allowed to be on the sports field.
Lala kahle Ndlovu. #RIPRichardMaponya pic.twitter.com/KaJkPySDo5
A giant of Soweto has fallen with the passing of one of Africa's greatest entrepreneurs, Dr Richard Maponya. My fondest memory was when I was a 21-year-old student & he approved one of my business pitches on the spot & said "My son, you have great potential." #RIPRichardMaponya pic.twitter.com/qljDmdKcLm— Tebogo Ditshego (@TebogoDitshego) January 6, 2020
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