The Mapimpi Documentary is The Story The World Needs Right Now!
Photo Cred: Map1mp1 Documentary Poster

Map1mp1 is a hero’s journey story structure like no other, considering the trials and tribulations Mapimpi had to tackle in order to become the first South African to score a try in a Rugby World Cup Final.


Johannesburg, South Africa (20 March 2022) – Map1mp1 – the incredibly inspiring Makazole Mapimpi story is hitting our screens next week!

If the Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup triumph was a heroic tale, the story behind the famous win is even more remarkable. And who could forget the story behind one player in particular… Springbok winger Makazole Mapimpi!

Mapimpi scored South Africa’s first-ever try in that World Cup final, but his real story is something of a fairytale, being born into the poorest of circumstances – in the Eastern Cape village of Tsholomnga – and rising to the stardom he enjoys today… and a new heartfelt documentary exploring the journey of South Africa’s wing sensation is hitting our screens next week!

A story of hope from a hopeless situation.

A complex and nuanced story told from the perspective of award-winning journalist Sibusiso Mjikeliso, who conducts interviews with the various subjects between the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

“Map1mp1 is a hero’s journey story structure like no other, considering the trials and tribulations Makazole had to tackle in order to become the first South African to score a try in a Rugby World Cup Final. From Twecu to Tokyo, we uncover the raw Eastern Cape culture, juxtaposed with maladministration; it’s a doccie layered in dichotomy, especially with some of our country’s finest talent being Eastern Cape exports – the likes of Siya Kolisi, Lukhanyo Am, the Ndungane Brothers to name a few,” the documentary’s director (of Dinner at Somizi’s fame), Bongani Morgan explains.

“It’s been a highlight of my career working on this project. Thank you to RYOBI for having the vision and bravery to tell this story and to Makazole for allowing us to tell it.”

Having documented Kirsten Landman’s journey to become the first African woman to finish Dakar on a motorbike – and a podium finisher, in particular – RYOBI has turned its attention to the ‘won’t quit’ mentality of Makazole Mapimpi, and the rich heritage of Eastern Cape rugby, in general.

John Stevens, CEO RYOBI South Africa says, “We are passionate and proud South Africans and are committed to empowering our customers with the right tools to solve the unique challenges that our countrymen and women face on a daily basis.”

Watch the trailer below:

Map1mp1 premieres on SuperSport Grandstand (201) on 27 March 2022 at 20:00

Sources: Map1mp1 | Makazole Mapimpi
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