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2014-01-12 14:00

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Limpopo tenderpreneur Collins Modipa allegedly called relatives to convince his wife to stay with him

The marriage of one of South Africa’s wealthiest tenderpreneurs is on the rocks.

Collins “MacP” Modipa, who says on his company website that he’s made about R100?million from government tenders in Limpopo, and his wife, Maite, count among their possessions two Mercedes-Benzes, a Bentley, a Lamborghini, a Rolls-Royce, a yacht and a 52-room home in Tzaneen.

Several sources close to the couple have told City Press that Maite moved out of their multimillion-rand villa in December and was filing for divorce.

Modipa, who owns and runs MacP Construction, has been involved in building roads, bridges, schools and stadiums across Limpopo for the past few years.

He is also building a hotel in Tzaneen which, when completed, will be the only black-owned hotel in the town.

A family friend and two relatives who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals said that Maite had moved out after several attempts by her husband to save the relationship by getting family members to mediate.

One relative said that Modipa tried in vain to save his marriage in December when he called relatives from Bolobedu and asked them to speak to his wife.

“A meeting was held and they persuaded her not to leave,” said a family friend, confirming the intervention.

The relative said that all looked fine until Modipa phoned them again a few days later and summoned them to a second meeting at the house.

“He told them that their problems have worsened and pleaded with them to save his marriage because he loves his wife. But Maite just wanted nothing to do with him and simply wanted to leave,” said the relative.

The family friend said Modipa’s family was very angry with Maite’s decision to leave.

“They are now spreading lies that she is leaving because MacP’s empire is crumbling. They say she is leaving because he is no longer doing well,” said the friend.

Modipa has recently retrenched almost all of his employees and also sold his Range Rover, a VW Caravelle and a couple of luxury vehicles in a bid to trim his expenses after a lull in tender awards.

Another relative said that Maite told them in December that she was calling it quits.

“We thought she was lying or joking when she told us that, but we just learnt that she has packed her stuff and left,” said another family friend.

Modipa said: “I cannot comment because it’s a private matter.”

Contacted for comment, Maite said: “Who told you that I have marital problems? I’m not ready to talk about this matter now, so I can’t comment.”

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