Who Is Chichi Maponya
Chichi Maponya is the eldest daughter of the late Richard Maponya and the Director of the Maponya Group of Companies.
She is a businesswoman and also founder of a mineral and energy investment company, Mathari Resources a company focused on mining, procurement, and trading.
Education And Career
Chichi had her education at the University of Natal where she graduated with a BCom degree. After which she then ventured into her career in the family business and worked for a property development company. Later, she joined the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE).
She worked with the Black Like Me Products, cosmetic manufacturers in the country. In a bid to help strengthen and develop South Africans communication industry she later established a communication company that had made huge client base including popular Coca Cola and MTN.
Family And Friends
Chichi Maponya is the daughter of late Richard Maponya, who was a South African entrepreneur and property developer. He died on 6 January 2020 and her mother, Marina Nompinti, worked as the director of Barclays West Bank Limited. She was also the director of Putco Transport Company and was involved in social development. She died on 5 June 1992.
The Maponya Africa Group, which, too, happens to be a family affair. Richard Maponya is credited with changing the face of and generating hope for the masses in Soweto. Born in 1924, he has faced lifelong challenges in fulfilling his entrepreneurial dreams, beginning with facing apartheid restrictions in the early years. The now iconic property developer sits amongst the top entrepreneurs in South Africa, and is father to one of the greatest family-run empires in South Africa, and Africa at large.
The group’s portfolio of companies includes household names such as Maponya Energy, Maponya Transport, PM Sports & Marketing, Maponya Business Technologies and Maponya Mining Division. Similar to Kaizer Chiefs, three of Maponya’s eight children, Charlotte (nicknamed “Chichi”), Solly and Godfrey are very much involved in the management of various Maponya business units.
Often it is said that when you are born into a family business, you tend to dip in and out of it throughout your childhood as part of your upbringing. The same can be said for Chichi, Maponya’s first-born, who began working in her father’s grocery shop at the age of six. Literally born into the business, Chichi was actually born in the shop’s backroom. The shop, based in Soweto, was seen as a vital hub for the community, where many gathered to socialise every day.
“Chichi is the closest to me. She has been a pillar of strength and keeps the Maponya group going.”
Today, Chichi is managing director of the Maponya Group and a fierce entrepreneur in her own capacity, who has expanded the reach of the Maponya and Nalesa Groups, with the assistance of her own daughter, Palesa. So, the Maponya legacy seems to have survived beyond the dreaded third generation jump, and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down any time soon.
Her take on the purported potential challenges that arise in a family business?
“In a way, the family side of things helps to smooth the business and operations side of things. When you don’t agree and when you’re upset, at the end of the day you have to talk to them as a family.”
While it is true that a large amount of family-started businesses don’t live to see a second generation, the same applies for most that are not family owned. Sure, some clashes are unavoidable, if not certain, when you are working with members of your familial clan, however, those that have made it work have not done so without the same hard work and determination that any business unit needs. Communication makes all the difference.
Chichi Maponya Contact Details
Below is Chichi Maponya’s contact details:-
Chichi Maponya’s Phone. Found 6 phones: +27 82 577 XXXX. +27 82 577XXXX.
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