Motlana leaves a legacy

Lihle Z Mtshali

Lihle Z Mtshali

The business community was yesterday mourning the death of Dr Nthato Motlana, a man who is widely regarded as the father of BEE.

Motlana was 83-years-old when he died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

He was a respected physician, businessman and anti-apartheid activist with several accolades behind his name.

Motlana led the formation of New Africa Investments (Nail) - the first black company to be listed on the JSE.

Kwacha, one of Motlana's businesses, established the first black-owned private hospital in the country - Lesedi Clinic.

Soweto entrepreneur, Richard Maponya said yesterday South Africa had lost a great leader.

He said: "I have known him for many, many years, from Sophiatown to when we all lived together in Soweto. At one stage he was the only doctor in Soweto, looking after all the people of that township."

Brian Molefe, chief executive of the Public Investment Corporation, called Motlana an inspiration to younger generations. "He emerged as a leader during the most difficult times in South Africa. He not only led the business community but was a shining example of leadership for black people," said Molefe. - With Zweli Mokgata