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  • Lionel
06 Jan 2020 20:11
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Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Category: South African Horse Racing

Great man. Great loss.

RIP.
  • Sammy Silver
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06 Jan 2020 14:51
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Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Category: South African Horse Racing

Another stalwart has departed. RIP Sir
  • KitKat
06 Jan 2020 12:18
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Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Category: South African Horse Racing

A friend was involved in the construction of Mopanya Mall and he was very impressed by the unpretentious manner of Dr Mopaya.
May he RIP
  • Mac
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06 Jan 2020 11:50
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Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Category: South African Horse Racing

Another Treat
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  • Craig Pienaar
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06 Jan 2020 11:34
Craig Pienaar on topic Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Category: South African Horse Racing

RIP
  • Dave Scott
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06 Jan 2020 09:35
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06 Jan 2020 09:29
Dave Scott on topic Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

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  • Dave Scott
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06 Jan 2020 09:20
Dave Scott on topic Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Category: South African Horse Racing

RIP

I remember his days in racing.

Condolences to family and friends.
  • Shadley
06 Jan 2020 09:12
Shadley on topic Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Category: South African Horse Racing

RIP.
I remember Robbie Fradd riding a maiden winner for him at Kenilworth trained by Ralph Rixon. Must have been around 1990. The horse paraded after the others had left the parade ring and was jumping out of his skin. Still started at 2-1 in the days that bookmakers still offered a good price. Went to the front and strolled in by quite a few lengths.
  • Bob Brogan
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06 Jan 2020 08:58
Bob Brogan on topic Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Category: South African Horse Racing

RIP

Didn’t he just turn 99?
  • naresh
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06 Jan 2020 08:10
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Dr Richard Maponya - Rest In Peace

Category: South African Horse Racing

Rest in Peace Mr Maponya.

www.fin24.com/Companies/business-pioneer...ort-illness-20200106

Business pioneer Richard Maponya dies after short illness


South African business pioneer Dr Richard Maponya died in the early hours of Monday after a short illness.

In a short statement, the family said funeral arrangements will be announced in due course."The family request some privacy during this time of grieving."

A trained teacher, he started his business career in the clothing industry, but was blocked from opening a clothing store by the apartheid government.

He then established a milk delivery service in Soweto and by the 1970s owned a number of shops, petrol stations and car dealerships.

He became the first owner of a black-owned BMW dealership in Soweto in the 1980s, and also became the first black person to get horse-racing colours, reported the Mail & Guardian. "These were the black, green and gold of the then both banned African National Congress and Pan-Africanist Congress, making some white jockeys uncomfortable racing for him."

In 2007, Maponya opened the Maponya Mall in Soweto on land he bought in the 1970s. He successfully resisted various attempts by the apartheid government to take the land away from him.
  • Titch
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10 Oct 2017 07:48 - 10 Oct 2017 07:50
Titch on topic Formgrids - How low can you go?

Formgrids - How low can you go?

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Bob Brogan wrote: I’m sure a Vaal trainer mentioned that trainer to me, can’t remember why

Michael started off at Summerveld and has recently relocated to the Vaal...The owner of yesterday's winner is based in Kenya and I believe Richard Maponya has also purchased him some horses...
  • mr hawaii
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30 Sep 2013 19:21
mr hawaii on topic Re: 3A racing... not BEE compliant

3A racing... not BEE compliant

Category: South African Horse Racing

mikesack Wrote:
> naresh Wrote:
>
>
> > Richard Maponya criticises BEE - report
> >
> > September 30 2013 at 10:10am
> >
> > Johannesburg - Businessman Richard Maponya
> > criticised the government and black economic
> > empowerment in an interview published in the
> > Sowetan on Monday.
> >
> > “It (BEE) is not a real thing because it
> takes
> > away the self-initiative needed from young and
> up
> > and coming entrepreneurs who must wake up and
> want
> > to do the things themselves,” he said at the
> > sixth birthday celebrations of Maponya Mall in
> > Soweto on Friday.
> >
> > He said broad-based black economic empowerment
> > (BBBEE) was a good idea in principle, but in
> > practice it did not always work.
> >
> > “I really blame our government for the
> economic
> > situation because we are nearly 20 years into
> our
> > new dispensation but we have not come up with a
> > bank that would give people a risk fund.”
> >
> > He also said black and white business needed to
> > unite, but added that white business people and
> > foreigners should not be allowed to dominate
> > business in townships.
> >
> > “Soweto has suddenly become a place where
> white
> > business people want to do business, when small
> > entrepreneurs of the area should be given an
> > opportunity to own business here,” said
> Maponya.
> > - Sapa
>
>
> Mr. Maponya used to have horses in training quite
> a while ago. Colors were the very same ANC fLag
> Colors.
>
> Now there's a loss to our racing that a man of his
> stature is no longer involved in the Sport of
> Kings.:(


he did come back - I'm Back and Balkis - not sure if he still has the passion to own
  • mikesack
30 Sep 2013 15:42
mikesack on topic Re: 3A racing... not BEE compliant

3A racing... not BEE compliant

Category: South African Horse Racing

naresh Wrote:
> Richard Maponya criticises BEE - report
>
> September 30 2013 at 10:10am
>
> Johannesburg - Businessman Richard Maponya
> criticised the government and black economic
> empowerment in an interview published in the
> Sowetan on Monday.
>
> “It (BEE) is not a real thing because it takes
> away the self-initiative needed from young and up
> and coming entrepreneurs who must wake up and want
> to do the things themselves,” he said at the
> sixth birthday celebrations of Maponya Mall in
> Soweto on Friday.
>
> He said broad-based black economic empowerment
> (BBBEE) was a good idea in principle, but in
> practice it did not always work.
>
> “I really blame our government for the economic
> situation because we are nearly 20 years into our
> new dispensation but we have not come up with a
> bank that would give people a risk fund.”
>
> He also said black and white business needed to
> unite, but added that white business people and
> foreigners should not be allowed to dominate
> business in townships.
>
> “Soweto has suddenly become a place where white
> business people want to do business, when small
> entrepreneurs of the area should be given an
> opportunity to own business here,” said Maponya.
> - Sapa


Mr. Maponya used to have horses in training quite a while ago. Colors were the very same ANC fLag Colors.

Now there's a loss to our racing that a man of his stature is no longer involved in the Sport of Kings.:(
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30 Sep 2013 10:44
naresh on topic Re: 3A racing... not BEE compliant

3A racing... not BEE compliant

Category: South African Horse Racing

Richard Maponya criticises BEE - report

September 30 2013 at 10:10am

Johannesburg - Businessman Richard Maponya criticised the government and black economic empowerment in an interview published in the Sowetan on Monday.

“It (BEE) is not a real thing because it takes away the self-initiative needed from young and up and coming entrepreneurs who must wake up and want to do the things themselves,” he said at the sixth birthday celebrations of Maponya Mall in Soweto on Friday.

He said broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) was a good idea in principle, but in practice it did not always work.

“I really blame our government for the economic situation because we are nearly 20 years into our new dispensation but we have not come up with a bank that would give people a risk fund.”

He also said black and white business needed to unite, but added that white business people and foreigners should not be allowed to dominate business in townships.

“Soweto has suddenly become a place where white business people want to do business, when small entrepreneurs of the area should be given an opportunity to own business here,” said Maponya. - Sapa
  • Titch
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21 Oct 2012 08:18
Titch on topic Re: John Freeman on Phindi Kema

John Freeman on Phindi Kema

Category: South African Horse Racing

Umlilo I am shocked at your response, and this from someone who has made himself known to all and does not hide behind a "name', surely you cannot believe that Phindi is the answer to the Industry's problems,????
Yes she has highlighted the need to revisit things as they stand and that there is a lot that needs attention, but if she really has the Horse Racing industry at heart she would not even consider running it herself as she is clearly not qualified to do so which leads me to believe that she is only here for self gain and has no other agenda, her campaign is typical of any politician, say things that you believe people want to hear ie stop the selling of assets,put racing first,give the people what they want etc etc... but once you are entrusted with the position full you coffers and run...her entire image is built on stories ranging from unsubstantiated claims to outright lies, whether this is by design or not is anyones guess, she first claimed to be the only female breeder in SA in an interview abroad when this was disproven she changed her story to that of being the first black breeder in SA, when Richard Maponya's name was mentioned she then went the route of the first black female breeder, the point im trying to make is that she appears to be making statements that suit her cause with no regard for the truth and this has to bring her motives into question,in another interview when asked about the R25M race she planned to hold in Plett she claims that its not a lot of money due to the fact(sic) that the Arc is run for a stake of 10M euro and in yet another she talks about horses being invited that cost 30M GBP...
She is a typical case of doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons...the SA Gravy Train is fully loaded,in fact overbooked and does not need another passenger certainly not at the expense of the horse racing Industry...
As for your choice of words ~ Phansi arrogant leeches and Woza Phindi ~ this smacks of the very racism that you claim to abhor and are forever reminding us of, that terminology was born in an era that all South Africans should be grateful is behind us why dwell on the past when that enrgy should be used to work towards a better future, racism is not a one way street,we need to respect everyone irrespective of their religion race or creed ....
  • umlilo
18 Oct 2012 20:42
umlilo on topic Re: John Freeman on Phindi Kema

John Freeman on Phindi Kema

Category: South African Horse Racing

@justinv:

'that comment is not aimed at blacks..remove the chip from ur shoulder and u might notice'

Your opinion; let the SAHRC decide as a complaint is being lodged with them.

It's ok for your man to play politics; the chip is on your shoulder as an apologist for Freeman!

Blatant references are made to having done things for blacks (Mr Maponya for one) over 30 years.....

'I have been at the forefront of trying to promote black interest in our sport for over 30 years and have in the process, since I first led in our first winner with my racing partner Richard Maponya 32 years ago, ..'

Good try! Makes you feel goooooood?

Downright racist statement in any vocab when taken in context!

Like class tells no matter how neo-liberal you might portray yourself!
  • Bob Brogan
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18 Oct 2012 14:40
John Freeman on Phindi Kema was created by Bob Brogan

John Freeman on Phindi Kema

Category: South African Horse Racing

Below is from his weekly newsletter,most of you would probably have recieved already but for those that have not,it`s worth a read....


On the subject of keeping racing going:- I read Robyn Louw’s item on a lady who is making big news all over the place of late – Phindi Kema. Robyn lauded her in the Sporting Post two weeks ago and I read the item with a sinking feeling, but resisted responding with my version until now. People in our industry are falling all over themselves to give this aspirant “owner of the turf” as much time and credit as I did when I first made her acquaintance. In addition, it all comes across as so utterly charming and positive — but therein lays the deceit. She has been covered in countless journals — the world over and infamously reviewed by the IOL Newspapers web site in an item titled “South Africa’s Only Female Horse Breeder”. They describe her as “One of SA’s best commercial horse breeders and the only… woman in the business”. Wow! I wonder what she thinks Mrs O, Mary Slack, Veronica Foulkes, Rose Parker, Marianne Thomson, Barbara Sanne, Gaynor Rupert, Liesl King, Pat Clarkson, Sally Jourdan, the late Joyce Tatham, The Hon Patricia O’Neill, Sylvia Harrer, Bridget Parker, Nicola Coppez, Jane Grey, Lindi Garlicki, Nicky Bartlett, Nina Robertson, Pam Lowe, Bev Rodseth, Lyth Orford and countless others would think of that claim. Forgive me for not remembering them all — there are so many!

Therefore, I must try to put this growing fantasy into perspective. What surprised me in Ms Kema’s Tellytrack interview with Andrew Bon on Sunday was her statement that she was “delighted to have brought Phumelela in front of the Competition Commission” as if to claim that she did this to save racing. Oh boy! Another pretender to the throne who wants to get hold of racing’s silverware. We have seen them all — far too many to count. They see owners throw away R300m a year (that is what owners net contribution is to racing) and think, “I want a piece of that”.

So, I decided to take a look at her website www.africaracegroup.com — the opening headline is: “Horseracing’s big STALLIONS face the competition commission for: 1. Collusion, 2. Price Fixing, 3. Bullying”. Underneath that is a photograph of the model-like smiling face with another fantastical claim: “Phindi Kema is known as one of South Africa's best commercial horse breeders and the only black woman in the business. She shares her business savvy with Nonhlanhla Khumalo”. Time for a reality check lady! Surely, the description “best commercial horse breeder” requires a track record of some sort? At least one winner. Ms Kema have you bred a winner? Have you owned a winner? The web site further proclaims Ms Kema as the initiator of a race in Southern Cape where the winner will pocket a staggering R25m (that’s 25% of all stakes paid in South Africa in a year)! It also has a business suited Ms Kema above a story in which she claims to be developing a R1.3billion racetrack at a hotel site in Plettenberg Bay. She claims to have the Eastern Cape Development Corp looking at extending their ambitions beyond the automotive industry into horseracing. The web site reads like the script for Steven Spielberg’s next fantasy movie – all huff and puff. If you want to have a good laugh, visit www.africaracegroup.com . Surely something that Noseweek should take a look at!

The presentable and well-spoken but rather glib Ms Kema had nothing concrete to offer about her vision for racing during her interview. Déjà vu of when I first met her — after several no-shows I managed to catch up with her in the foyer of a hotel in Cape Town. She told me she had managed to get the government to give her a farm, was intent on joining the industry, and needed guidance. Despite having been stood up, I decided to ‘invest’ in Ms Kema’s wishes.

I have been at the forefront of trying to promote black interest in our sport for over 30 years and have in the process, since I first led in our first winner with my racing partner Richard Maponya 32 years ago, introduced more black people into this game than any other person, why not help Ms Kema as well? I promoted her cause to some of the leading owners and breeders and we made free access available to our stallions for her mares, even to our top stallions that were fully booked at the time. The next year we did the same again. However, as time went on — we got no news of foals being born and very little thanks. This was followed by an expensive yearling purchase that was left unpaid. I started to wonder.

The farm that Ms Kema had “acquired” was previously owned by an old friend — the Late Elwyn Phillips whom I used to visit every year. I knew his staff as wonderful experienced horsemen who had come to the Sunland district with Elwyn when he moved from Tarkastad. That is how long we go back. Therefore, I made enquiries and was told that Ms Kema needed help and guidance on the farm. I sent a very experienced friend from the Karoo who had moved to PE to have a look at the farm. The report was shocking. Elwyn’s loyal staff had been left to their own devices and were unsupported. The horses, those that were left, were not in good nick and there was report of a string of bad debts including the vet and the staff who had vowed to leave. Elwyn’s house was dilapidated and the stables were a mess. The advice I got from my Karoo friend was “stay away; that place is not going to make it”. Nevertheless, what about the horses? What about the horses indeed! “Get someone to take care of them — very soon”. There was no sight of the foals bred from the mares mated to our stallions and we heard stories of injury and death, which Ms Kema subsequently admitted to me. So much for wanting to “save racing”... I have to call a spade a spade and say it’s all rubbish — all deceit.

Despite all of this, like a fool I fell for her next call some years later. She asked to meet me about a racing project. I know how hard it is to attract sponsors to racing — where does the money come from for this new event? She told me she had been guaranteed government backing for a new event, which was to be Africa’s Richest Horse Race — the sums she reported were staggering. Wow! So, I thought, forget past disappointments — I want to hear about this. I invited Ms Kema and her partner to be my guest at the races one Saturday. Mmmm — why did I fall for it? The Plan, if you can call it that: to stage a race for all comers from all over Africa (no entry conditions or rules, complete ignorance of stipendiary attention, etc) on a Polo field in Plettenberg Bay and she was not going to allow the NHRA near the place. “It can't work”, I said, “at least not a proper racing surface (takes a fortune to build that alone!) — and you need all sorts of systems, rules, veterinary assistance, racing-policemen”. I spent the rest of the day with Ms Kema and her English partner and introduced them to the board of Cape Racing in the hope that they would learn from the experience gathered there. Not in the least — they were not listening. I learnt a short while later that racing, according to Ms Kema, is an elitist, white, male-dominated organisation. That after we had done everything possible to welcome Ms Kema into the industry with open arms. No other breeder in SA history has been treated to free services and so much free, friendly advice. It suits her agenda to claim racism, elitism and find any reason at all to slander the hundred thousand odd people who support and invest in this wonderful hobby.

Sorry Ma’am but if you want to wipe your feet on my friendship and care, you cannot have my respect. I do not go back a third time. So let’s take the gloves off and show the world the truth — forget what you read on that website and the dozens of news items she has so skilfully woven. It is patently clear to me; Ms Kema has only one agenda: she is building a sand castle with a view to seemingly worthy of pitting a serious challenge to racing as it is — she wants to be the new boss of racing. Sorry for you lady — we have enough bosses. What we need is MORE rationalisation and to cut UNNESCESSARY costs. We need to merge more costs centres not make new ones. The best thing that ever happened to SA racing was a national tote, national handicapping, national TV, national racing programming, etc. We would not have survived the onslaught of casinos without it. Racing is a tough money losing game all over the world. Anyone wanting to take over right now has just one goal — to strip our assets. Racing owns a lot of property — racecourse and training centres which might appear to be very tantalising to corporate raiding types. However, these cannot be sold — they are central to our daily function.

There is no quick get-rich position in racing Ms Kema — I would have thought that this would have been blatantly clear to you by now. Join the crowd — we all pay in for the privilege of participating in this very expensive hobby — you are clearly out of your league. We all pay our dues in the hope of having fun and yes, some are lucky enough to strike a good one, but there are only so many Gr1 races to be won and lots of us fools dreaming that we are going to get there. For most owners this is a sport, a hobby and the come in with passion to spend disposable income. It is like playing golf, owning a yacht or travelling for fun. Do not expect a return — just enjoy it. The only difference between all of those other endeavours is that in racing, expensive and difficult as it is, unlike any boat or trip around the world, you can strike it lucky and find a champion — the odds; who knows? Maybe 10,000 to 1.
  • umlilo
09 May 2012 09:05
umlilo on topic Re: Gauteng's one horse race to be probed

Gauteng's one horse race to be probed

Category: South African Horse Racing

@gjmurrell:

'I thought you were supposed to be taking it easy Umlilo!
This will only get your blood pressure up'

Tnx Greg!

Feeling much better though a little weak in the legs, and short of breath; will get there again!

However, in the wake of all this bull (horse) shit, history will record that I did not stay silent.

Who are all these 'experts' that are making such misleading statements from thumb-suck?

Threats were made against Jabu Molekethi that if he does sanction corporatisaion in terms of the Gambling Board's stipulation on meaningful transformation and opening the industry to all stakeholders, they will walk out and shut the industry.... with thousands of black grooms and workers losing their jobs. That was their modus operandi in getting what they wanted... a handful of elitists!

I challenge anyone to dispute this account. Besides, some of them mocked Jabu, the GGB members and even Legislature that these were 'idiots' who knew nothing about horseracing; that remark was made at a meeting and Mr O Ferraris will confirm.

Sarcastic comments like 'They will eat the bloody horses in Soweto if we give them!' etc, were made with great relish and delight!

Made me wonder if Mr Richard Maponya (at one time a leading black owner), slaughtered and ate up his horses when he quit the industry!


At the end of the day, whether black, white or brown, the industry needs a broader, active base of participants as owners, trainers, officials, etc for its sustenance and survival. To bring up the race card per se each time there is this suggestion of the practical solution of bringing in the large number of black punters and be met with an onslaught of condemnation is a deviant and devious exercise!

@hibs:
will forward your request to Phindi.
  • umlilo
02 Oct 2011 20:00
umlilo on topic Re: TRANSFORMATION & CHALLENGES FACING THE HORSERACING INDUSTRY

TRANSFORMATION & CHALLENGES FACING THE HORSERACING INDUSTRY

Category: South African Horse Racing

@don:

'I think the set up as it stands today holds the knowledge exclusively?'

As I mentioned, not cast in stone.... and compiled from within my limited life world.

Yes, the current operators does not necessarily have to be replaced as long as they don't have access to the assets and are fully accountable to ensure that horseracing is their priority and not on the other 'profitable' sports betting ventures. If that is the route, then the entire industry must be brought under Sports & Recreation with profits being utilised for development of the various codes of sport. The DTI (and Gambling Boards) have no interest in the sport except for the generation of taxes for Government / budget.

You must remember that, during the corpratisation negotiations, there was a stake reserved for a 'strategic partner' that was to be headhunted from overseas; Phumelela was not to have been the operator. When it took on the role, that's when they had access to the assets which they then stripped willy nilly. That should never have been permitted. In fact, legal fundis can probably see a serious problem herein and even a knowledgeable MEC could ask for an investigation..... in time!.

As much as there is this call for BEE (which I don't approve of, as much as Mr Richard Maponya also observed the other day), black participation has to be educated, guided and nurtured (subject also to interest in the sport). Therefore, setting up syndicates for punters would be the first road to education and involvement.

In view of the symbiotic relationships (albeit even within the current setup), agreed, a matrix is difficult to arrive at, save that the interest in sport be developed first.
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