Business sector loses mentor

2016-03-02 06:00
THE community of Meloding in Virginia is still in shock after the death of the beloved businessman Monamane “Boaz” Monamane (75). Photo: Supplied

THE community of Meloding in Virginia is still in shock after the death of the beloved businessman Monamane “Boaz” Monamane (75). Photo: Supplied

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THE community of Meloding in Virginia is still reeling from shock following the death of Monamane “Boaz” Monamane (75).

The celebrated businessman suffered a short illness. Monamane was regarded as a pioneer in developing business entrepreneurs, having championed many businesses in the Matjhabeng Local Municipality and elsewhere.

Boston, as he was affectionately known, was born to the late Matthews Mateisi and Rahaba Matseko Monamane on the Ferraira’s Rus farm near Hennenman.

He attended the Methodist Primary School in Meloding before proceeding to the Thabong Primary School, where he completed st. 6. Subsequently, he joined the Moroka Institution in Thaba Nchu and completed his matric.

After matriculating, he joined Murray & Roberts and the Provincial Hospital, before accepting his calling to business.

He ventured into the transport industry, a sector heavily regulated by the apartheid government, and bought a fleet of taxis.

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Meloding Black Taxi Association, for which he was elected as chairperson. His commitment and leadership steered the association to greater heights and this prompted his peers to elect him as deputy president of the South African Black Taxi Association (SABTA).

Monamane was not content with the state of affairs regarding black businesses in apartheid South Africa, and co-founded the Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services (Fabcos) in 1988.

While serving both organisations with distinction, Monomane did not rest on his laurels and opened several businesses in Meloding, including a popular bottle store. As an astute businessman, he helped several local entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. One of them is Simple Mhlahlo, a renowned businessman in the Matjhabeng Local Municipality.

Boston married Puleng Rebecca Motsiri in 1970 and they had three sons: Vuyo, Seabane and Lehama.

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