SA business icon Richard Maponya (99) dies


SOUTH African businessman Richard Maponya has died at the age of 99.

The father of black business died on Monday morning following a short sickness.

In 2007 the father of black business opened the Maponya Mall in Soweto, which was the biggest shopping centre at the heart of Soweto.

Maponya Mall holds more than 200 stores and a cinema complex.

He reportedly acquired the land where the mall is situated in 1979, at first as a 100-year lease.

Richard Maponya was born in Thlabine, near Lenyenye west of Tzaneen.


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