A memorial service for businessman Richard Maponya has taken place at Winterveld outside Pretoria.

Plot owners and residents are honouring a plot owner, a neighbour and a farmer who mentored many young people in farming.

Maponya passed away last week Monday, aged 99.

He will be buried on Tuesday in a special official category two funeral.

Among his successes is Maponya Mall situated in Soweto.

Memorial service organiser Julia Maselela says: “We are honouring a life lived well. We are honouring a community member, a neighbour and a farmer in the area of Ten Morgan Winterveld, Richard Maponya. “

“Maponya mentored many lives here. We have a community group called Maropeng Goa Boelwa. Maponya played a very big role together with Motsuenyane and the late Kgosana. Maropeng exists because of their wisdom and their support to us.”

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