Maponya me­mo­rial ser­vice moved

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Gopolang Moloko

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.

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