South Africans must intensify calls for economic transformation to honour the late prominent entrepreneur, Dr Richard Maponya.
This is the view of Acting President of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc), Gilbert Mosena.
He was speaking at the memorial service Nafcoc held for its founder, Maponya, in Sandton, north of Johannesburg on Thursday evening.
“In his [Maponya] spirit, let us call for an economic Codesa and find the true meaning and genuine implementation of radical economic transformation. Political liberation without economic emancipation and control by indigenous citizens will have no meaning in years to come,” Mosena said.
He said it is what Maponya always reminded Nafcoc members during the organisation’s conferences and during his frequent visits to Nafcoc offices.
Mosena also said Maponya told Nafcoc leaders a few weeks before he passed away that he wanted the organization to reach a five million membership target.
Nafcoc Secretary General, Sonyisi Sikhosana, said Maponya’s history is not properly recorded.
“We must apologise that we might not have recognised Ntate Maponya properly asaphila (while he was still alive). And the books read by our children at school might be missing that element ya Ntate (of Mr) Maponya. I am instructed by acting president of Nafcoc to have a project to change that.
In addition to his many successful businesses that he started from scratch, Maponya also built the biggest mall in a township by far, Maponya Mall in Soweto, that houses more than 200 shops.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that Maponya will receive a special official funeral.
Another memorial service for Maponya is taking place in Rosebank today [Friday]. He died on Monday after a short illness and will be laid to rest on Tuesday next week.
Nafcoc is one of South Africa’s largest business chambers and aims to be a voice for the welfare of small businesses