R/€ = 15.25Change: 0.05
R/$ = 14.41Change: 0.06
Au 1071.35 $/ozChange: 7.65
Pt 840.50 $/ozChange: 9.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Feb 29, 2008

Richard Maponya

Construction|Building|Education|Property Development|Training|Automotive|Products|Property Development
Construction|Building|Education|Property Development|Training|Automotive|Products|Property Development
© Reuse this Full name: Richard John Pelwana Maponya

Position: CEO, Maponya Group

Main activity of the company: Property development, retail and automotive sales

Date and place of birth: December 24, 1926, Lenyenye, Limpopo

Education: Qualified as a school teacher at Kagiso Teacher Training College

First job: Clothing and textile clerk

Career history prior to current position: My late wife, Marina, and I opened our first business, Maponya's Dairy Products, in Soweto, in the 1950s, and went on to establish other businesses over the years.

Size of first pay packet: Seven shillings and six pence a week – much less than R10

First job with present group: My first business was a dairy shop

Value of assets under your control: Not stated

Number of people under your leadership: I Have employed a lot of people in my business life. The business is very much family run, with my three children all taking managerial roles in the different business units

Management style: I let my children implement their own ideas in their respective units, but I am still around to do the final checks and balances

Personal best achievement: I used to be a good a sprinter, believe it or not

Professional best achievement: The construction of Maponya Mall

Person who has had the biggest influence on your life: A man called Richard Baloyi – he used to own a fleet of buses in Alexandra township, and I used to observe his every move because he just inspired me – and another man I have known only as Mr Mabuza, who used to own the most beautiful restaurant in Sophiatown

Person who has had the biggest influence on your career: Same as above

Person you would most like to meet: I have been privileged enough to meet a lot of people in my life and cannot think of anyone else now. I have had tea with Queen Elizabeth, I have entertained the Oppenheimers, I have been on first name terms with Bill Clinton before he became President of the US, and I have met a host others

Businessperson who has impressed you most: Raymond Ackerman

Philosophy of life: I am driven by the pleasure I derive out of creating employment for people. It gives me great pleasure to know that I have contributed to the wellbeing of other people

Biggest ever opportunity: Building Maponya Mall

Biggest ever disappointment: Having an application for a casino licence turned down

Hope for the future: I am hoping to build more malls around the country. We are in the process of putting together Maponya Motor City in Soweto. This will be the first multibrand car sales facility in Soweto

Favourite reading: I love reading business publications

Favourite TV programme: I watch whatever is available that catches my fancy

Favourite food/drink: I have never tasted alcohol in my life. I like sugar-free soft drinks

Favourite music: Jazz

Favourite sport: Soccer

Favourite website: At my age, I use the Internet only for practical business purposes

Hobbies: Reading and watching TV

Car: I have driven a BMW for a very long time. BMW has been my favourite brand for as long as I can remember

Pets: A dog

Miscellaneous dislikes: Not stated

Favourite other South African company: Pick n Pay and Woolworths

Favourite foreign company: I cannot think of any

Married: My wife is now deceased

Children: Solly, Chichi and Godfrey

Clubs: None

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Business Leader News
This week we feature Lilian Simon, Aveng Grinaker-LTA Mechanical & Electrical divisional MD. The company's activities entail Industrial construction and engineering in the SMEIPP disciplines
This week we feature Pieter Daniël Nortjé, MD of CMCO Material Handling, a lifting equipment and materials handling company that represents the Yale, Pfaff Silberblau, CM, Steerman and Tigrip brands
This week we feature Marc Camillo Kleiner, MD of Condra, which designs and manufactures cranes, hoists and specialised lifting and materials-handling equipment
Latest News
The tide has turned for South African ports and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is pressing ahead with its investment under Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS) notwithstanding poor economic growth. TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu told a TPA...
A 7 500 m2 rooftop solar system has been installed on several buildings at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town. The powering of several buildings on the iconic property will result in an estimated 1 640 000 kWh/y of clean energy. So far, 900 kW have been successfully...
The 865 km gas pipeline from the central processing facility (CPF) in Temane, Mozambique, to Secunda, South Africa, is to undergo a further $210-million expansion, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) confirmed on Monday. Rompco is a joint...
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,...
The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on...
City of Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mondli Gungubele earlier this month officially named the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee.
NICK CHRISTODOULOU As about 58% of data stored by organisations is dark, they must identify this dark data to expose risks and valuable information
About 58% of unstructured data stored by companies is dark data, which means that the value or regulatory importance of the data has not been determined. Subsequently, most of the stored data add costs, rather than increasing revenue or reduce regulatory risks, says...
BRIAN VERWEY Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks
Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96