Richard Maponya

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Richard Maponya
Business icon Richard Maponya dies aged 99.jpg
Born Richard John Pelwana Maponya
24 December 1920
Thlabine, Tzaneen
Limpopo, South Africa
Died 6 January 2020 (aged 99)
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Nationality South African
  • Property Developer
  • Businessman
  • Teacher
Years active 1940-2020
Known for Maponya Mall

Richard Maponya (24 December 1920-6 January 2020) was a South African business tycoon, property developer and a reluctant political activist. He was revered for having built a business empire in the face of brutal Apartheid regime that sought to restrict the progress of Black South Africans. In 2007, a crown jewel of his illustrious business career - Maponya Mall - opened for business. In the early hours of Monday 06 January 2020, Richard Maponya died after a short illness. He was aged 99 years old.


  1. EWN, Business icon Richard Maponya dies aged 99, 06 January 2020
  2. Fin24, Business pioneer Richard Maponya dies after short illness, 06 January 2020
  3. Times LIVE, Ntate Richard Maponya, the grandfather of black business in SA, dies aged 99, 06 January 2020
  4. Times LIVE, Richard Maponya receives wishes and praise from Cyril Ramaphosa on his 99th birthday, 06 January 2020
  5. Times LIVE, At 98, Jozi mogul Richard Maponya is fit, strong and looking 'really great', 06 January 2020
  6. Times LIVE, Richard Maponya honoured for his contribution to black business, 06 January 2020
  7. The South African, RIP Richard Maponya: Emotional tributes pour in for much-loved businessman, 06 January 2020

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