The life and times of Richard Maponya

Dr Richard Maponya passed away on Monday at the age of 99.

He was a South African entrepreneur and property developer best known for building a business empire despite apartheid.

Chris Bishop - Head of Programming at CNBC Africa and author of Africa's Billionaires and the entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo reminisce about this trailblazing entrepreneur.

He always used to say - I'm never going to retire, only lazy people retire. He was always somebody with a smile and a firm handshake.

Chris Bishop - Head of Programming at CNBC Africa/ author of Africa's Billionaires

There aren't yet words invested in the English language to capture what Richard Maponya meant for people like me.

Vusi Thembekwayo- CEO of MyGrowth Fund

The biggest element I took out of his life is what I could learn from him: Number one: Don't let anybody tell you what you can and cannot do. Number two: never limit your imagination. Number three: never let success go to your head.

Vusi Thembekwayo - CEO, MyGrowthFund
South African businessman Richard Maponya. Picture: @CyrilRamaphosa/Twitter

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