lebo malepa Death, Cause Of Death – Obituary: Being an inspirational leader and legend in the township tourism community, Lepo Malepa was known for giving a lot of people the edge to visit Soweto. “Amid the many challenges facing new entrants into the business of tourism, he found ways to penetrate the sector to show that it is possible to change the face of tourism and make it truly inclusive. He led transformation from bottom up.”
He also made it one of the tourism destinations on almost every local and international tourist’s list.Serving a lot of tourists with nice smiles on their faces after visiting Soweto, Lebo gradually transformed Soweto into an amazing place to visit anytime around the year.
Simply put, this hero put South Africa first. The 46 years old founder of Lebo’s Backpackers, cycle tours, and tuk-tuk rides in Orlando West and Soweto could make it to the end of 2021 as he died this weekend on Christmas Day after a period of ill health. Lebo died at the age of 46.
As of now, his wife, Maria, children, and the family of Lebo have asked for some privacy to mourn their beloved hero. The main cause of his sudden death is currently unknown.
lebo malepa Death – Obituary, Soweto’s tourism trailblazer Lebo Malepa dies, aged 46
He began by selling craftwork at the Hector Pieterson Museum after matriculating, where he realised the potential business opportunities flowing from interest in SA after democracy, which piqued the interest of foreigners wanting to see Soweto for themselves. He converted his grandparents’ matchbox home, where he had been living, into accommodation for backpackers and began offering home-grown experiences to visitors.
The Tourism Transformation Council of SA chairperson Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo shared: “With deep roots in his community, Lebo established himself as a pioneer in township tourism. As a young South African, aged 46, he used his platform creatively to establish businesses many of us had not experienced in a free SA.”