Maponya memorial service moved
The family of the late Richard Maponya has moved the date of the memorial service to tomorrow to accommodate the public.
The service was initially set for yesterday morning at the Rosebank Union Church at 38 St Andrews Road on the corner of William Nicol and Sandton drives from 10am-11am.
The memorial will now take place at the same venue from 10am-1pm tomorrow.
Maponya, 99, died early on Monday after a short illness.
He was the founder of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce in 1964 and later the founder and chairperson of the African Chamber of Commerce.
The Limpopo-born entrepreneur, often referred to as “the father of black retail”, co-developed Soweto’s Maponya Mall in 2007.
He was born in Thlabine, near Lenyenye, about 20km west of Tzaneen.
At the age of 24, he took a job as a stocktaker at a clothing maker and won a promotion for both himself and his white manager.
In gratitude, the manager sold Maponya soiled clothing and offcuts, which he resold in Soweto.
This led to the start of a long career as entrepreneur and inspiration to business people across townships in SA.