Ntate Richard Maponya, the grandfather of black business in SA, dies aged 99

Richard Maponya

Entrepreneur and property developer Ntate Richard Maponya died in the early hours of Monday morning.He celebrated his 99th birthday on December 24.His death came after a short illness, a spokesperson said in a brief statement.

The family requested privacy “during this time of grieving”.Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.In November, despite his age, Maponya said he was so concerned about the low employment rate in the country that he was planning to open an academy to train the youth on how to be entrepreneurs.

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