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Maponya a humble man of extraordinary resilience: Ramaphosa
14 January 2020, 12:59 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised the iconic businessman, Dr Richard Maponya, for his successes – despite having humble beginnings. He also described the iconic businessman as a humble man of extraordinary resilience, who strived for success.

He was speaking at his funeral service at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus on Tuesday. Maponya passed away last Monday at the age of 99. He will be buried at the Westpark Cemetery later today.

Ramaphosa is among dignitaries – including former heads of state and ministers – attending the Special Official Funeral Category 2.

Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy. “A mere 50-years ago, if a young black child told their teacher that their ambition was to have their own business and train and mentor other black men and women to become entrepreneurs, they would have been dismissed as dreamers. And yet, Maponya proved that it can be done. We thank him for that. If there is any lesson that we take from his life, it is that humble beginnings and adversities are no barrier to success.”

‘Confidant, a mentor and a comrade’

Ramaphosa further described Maponya as a humble and generous individual, who remained as a confidant to those who knew him.

“The Maponya family have lost a father, a grandfather, an uncle and a brother. Those who knew and loved him have lost a confidant, a mentor and a comrade. On behalf of the government and the people of SA, I convey my deepest condolences to the family, the business community and to the people of Soweto – a place for which he held the deepest affection and where he began his journey into the business world.”

Youth to draw wisdom

The President has urged the youth to draw wisdom from the iconic businessman who impressed upon them the virtues of hard work, studying and taking up opportunities.

Ramaphosa says Maponya wanted the youth to refrain from having a sense of entitlement.

“He was fond of young people and always availed himself as a mentor. He encouraged young people to be disciplined, demonstrate initiative and be serious about training and study. He spoke often of the dangers of having a sense of entitlement and impressed upon young people about the virtues of hard work and of taking up opportunities, but most especially opportunities of educating themselves.”

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Zuma available in March for State Capture Commission, cites medical reasons
14 January 2020, 12:13 PM

Lawyers for former President Jacob Zuma say it is embarrassing to have to come to the State Capture Inquiry to explain the reason why Zuma is unavailable to appear before the Commission because of his medical challenges.

Zuma, in a replying affidavit delivered to the Commission, has informed the commission that he is receiving medical treatment in the country and abroad and may only be available in March.

Application adjourned 

The Commission’s legal team is seeking an application for an order authorising a summons for the former President to appear from the 27th to 31st of January.

The application has been adjourned to a date to be determined. This follows the former President’s lawyers telling Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that Zuma will not be able to appear before March due to ill health and offering to explain to Zondo the circumstances of his illness.

Advocate Thabani Masuku presented the argument before the commission. “The position taken by the legal team of the commission suggests that the former president is not interested in coming to the commission and can only do so under compulsion. I am instructed to offer to the chair that the leader of the medical team that is involved in the treatment of Mr Zuma would be prepared to meet with the chair and to explain to the Chair the nature of the issues Mr Zuma is facing and to do so under very strict conditions of confidentiality as the nature of the President’s medical condition is a matter of state security.”

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo made the ruling. “It has been accepted that with regards to the 27th to the 31st of January the former President need not appear before the Commission because of the medical reasons he has given the consultation or meeting that the leader of his medical team will have with me.”

This is the third time that Zuma has been unable to reappear before the Commission after his first appearance in July last year.

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Maponya hailed as a creator of opportunities for success
14 January 2020, 11:33 AM

The former president of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has described the iconic businessman, Dr Richard Maponya, as one who created opportunities for success.

He was speaking at his funeral service at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus on Tuesday.

Maponya passed away last Monday at the age of 99. He will be buried at the Westpark Cemetery.

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Dignitaries, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, former heads of state and ministers, are attending the special official funeral, Category 2.

Buthelezi says Maponya’s legacy will continue to live on.

“Dr Maponya cared about politics, but politics was never his first love. His passion was of course business and that is where he truly excelled. The legacy he created is visible, as one travels through Soweto. The evidence of Dr Maponya is evident, not only in the buildings and infrastructure but in the spirit of entrepreneurship which he built. To say he was successful would downplay his achievements. It is one thing to take advantage of opportunities that exist, but it is another to create opportunities where there are none.”

‘Our nation, people loved him so dearly’

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura has praised the iconic businessman as one who was respected and revered nationally and globally.

“Our nation and people loved him so dearly. Our government, both at national and provincial level, honoured him with a service of awards. Black business people, young and old, men and women, revered him. Global business respected him. Scholars and students of business studies and leadership were always thirsty for his knowledge and wisdom as a walking encyclopaedia of entrepreneurship.”

‘Exercise Ubuntu’

Businesswoman and former Talk Show host, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, has urged prospective entrepreneurs to follow their dreams – in the way Dr Richard did.

Mabuza-Suttle says people need to exercise Ubuntu – a value that Maponya embraced.

“He said, get into business with people who have the same values and mission as you do, and he did with his wife and children. He said be persistent and never give up on your dreams. Work to the last day, and he did. He said invest back into the community that you serve, do I need so say more? Maponya Mall and his dealerships are typical examples of someone who invested back. And finally, have Ubuntu.”


Dr Maponya an inspiration to SA Youth: Ndileka Mandela
14 January 2020, 8:05 AM

The granddaughter of former President Nelson Mandela, Ndileka, has described the late iconic businessman Dr Richard Maponya as an inspiration to the South African youth.

She was speaking at the Maponya residence ahead of the funeral.

Maponya passed away last Monday at the age of 99. His funeral service will take place at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus from 8 o’clock this morning. He will be buried at Joburg’s Westpark Cemetery – in a Special Official Funeral Category 2.

Ndileka Mandela says despite humble beginnings, both Maponya and her grandfather made great contributions throughout their lives.

“Dr Maponya contributed a lot towards the development of black business and he is the very epitome, I call him the grandfather of black entrepreneurs. He contributed a lot towards the upliftment of a lot of people in the country. I am sure his contribution will linger on for generations – to say to a black child that it is possible. When you see where they came from, both him and granddad, they came from humble beginnings and look at what they achieved during their lifetime. It just goes on to show it is not what you are given in life, it is what you make out of the life you are given.”


Ramaphosa to deliver January 8 Statement
11 January 2020, 9:35 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the much anticipated January 8 Statement on behalf of the ANC National Executive Committee in Kimberley in the Northern Cape later on Saturday.

The Statement is part of the ANC’s 108th anniversary celebrations.

Around 25 000 party supporters and members of the general public are expecting to attend the historic event at the Tafel Lager Park Sports stadium.

Some ANC supporters say unemployment is a big concern, especially among the youth. They also expect the ANC president to touch on the issue of the economy, service delivery and of roads.

Speaking at the party’s gala dinner at the Mittah Seperepere Hall in Kimberley, on Friday night,  Ramaphosa said he’s confident that party will be united as it remains the hope of the nation.

Meanwhile, several roads around Tafel Lager stadium in Kimberley have been closed ahead of the celebration.

ANC authorities have allowed party members going to the stadium to carry umbrellas. Earlier, the party had appealed to the people not to carry umbrellas for security reasons.

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