Who was Lebo Malepa and what was his cause of death? Soweto’s tourism trailblazer dead, aged 46: The year 2020-21 brought so much demises news and on a daily basis, the world is losing many prominent figures. Only two days are left for the ending of this year but the news of the demise is not taking its name to stop. Seems like the almighty is calling his loved ones and that’s why we have lost many peoples. In this list one more name is added, Lebo Malepa who was the founder of Lebo’s Backpackers cycle tours and tuk-tuk rides in Orlando West, Soweto passed away at the age of 46. As soon as his death news comes to the headlines of the newspapers his followers start searching to know about the cause of his sudden demise. Follow More Update On ShinaWins
Lebo Malepa Death Cause
As per many news reports, Lebo Malepa has passed away after a period of ill health. His Sowetobybike business stated that: “Heaven has got another angel. But we are beyond heartbroken and shattered. At a loss of words our Lebo has died on Saturday, 25th December 2021 on Christmas Day after a period of ill health. A giant man with so much love.”
The Gauteng Tourism Authority stated that it would miss the guidance and teachings of Soweto Backpackers founder and township tourism ambassador, Lebo Malepa who passed away over the weekend. Malepa is being praised by several in the sector as a champion for township tourism and an innovator who made helpful and valuable contributions to the country’s tourism industry.
Who was Lebo Malepa?
Lebo Malepa (46-years old) died at a Johannesburg hospital on Christmas Day. He was popularly known for his famous offering of guided tours of iconic sites in Soweto by bike, by foot, or tuk-tuk, giving an authentic township experience through food and overnight lodging. Barba Gaoganediwe, the Gauteng Tourism Authority stated that Malepa made township tourism fashionable.
Gaoganediwe stated that “Lebo represented the generation of youthful leaders and change agents in Gauteng and Soweto throughout the rest of the country who believed in the quality and power of township tourism as a catalyst for lasting socio-economic growth and development.”
Lebo was survived by his wife Maria and his children. His family asked for privacy and space to grief on their ultimate loss. Malepa got several awards for his trailblazing initiatives in bringing tourists to the townships, which has been isolated from the industry at the time of apartheid. He started by selling craftwork at the Hector Pieterson Museum after matriculating, where he understood the potential business opportunities flowing from the interest in South Africa after democracy, which stimulated the interest of the foreigners and tourists wanting to watch Soweto for themselves.