Richard Maponya and the genesis of black business
Richard Maponya, who passed away at the age of 99, lived a life of ‘dignity and wisdom’ and defied stifling apartheid laws to build a business empire that would inspire other black entrepreneurs
" I will die with my boots on." That’s how business pioneer Richard Maponya wanted to see his days out, he told the Mail & Guardian in 2005, as construction was about to begin on the eponymous Maponya Mall.
The Soweto-based shopping centre, which he spent 27 years fighting for, now stands as a testament to a life of "dignity and wisdom", according to those who knew him...