The death of Richard Maponya, who has been memorialised in the past few days as a tenacious trailblazer in the face of apartheid restrictions on black businesses, came a few weeks after he outlined his long-held dream of opening an academy to train young people to be entrepreneurs.

His comments, made in a brief Facebook post on his behalf, underscored his worry about the country’s unemployment rate, now at highs of almost 30%, and his desire to see young people “get trained to use their own hands and be able to get employed or get into business in their own right”...

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