Ntate Richard Maponya’s death has left a void. It has also encouraged deep meditation into the life of a titan, one who influence the country deeply when it was sorely needed and had a lasting effect on so many lives.

He built an empire, despite the oppressive restrictions of apartheid SA, pushed forward by an insuppressible desire to see Soweto, and all of black SA, economically uplifted and empowered. He was driven, always, by service to others, something I believe fuelled him in what was a steep uphill struggle for most of his life...

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