Media release

Government calls on media to apply for accreditation for Special Official Funeral of Dr Richard Maponya

13 January 2020

10 January 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 2 for esteemed business leader Dr Richard Maponya who will be buried on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Dr Maponya, widely respected as the doyen of black business, passed away on Monday 6 January 2020, a few days after celebrating his 99th birthday.

The President has directed that the National Flag fly at half-mast from Friday 10 January 2020 until the evening of the burial.

Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation by filling in their personal details on the attached form and sending it to Ishmael Selemale on  or Ignicious Masilela on

The deadline for applications is Monday, 13 January 2020 at 10h00.

Details for collection of accreditation cards will be communicated as soon as possible.

Mr William Baloyi
Cell: 083 390 7147
Issued by:  Government Communication and Information System
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