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Map1mp1: Ryobi produce groundbreaking Makazole Mapimpi documentary

James Richardson

Bongani Morgan

The story of Makazole Mapimpi is one of perseverance against seemingly insurmountable odds, and a new documentary produced by power tool manufacturer Ryobi aims to tell that story. Ryobi have set out to tell the stories of resilient South Africans and having documented Kirsten Landman’s journey to become the first African woman to finish Dakar on a motorbike and have turned their attention to the ‘won’t quit’ mentality of Mapimpi.

The world was offered a glimpse into the life of Mapimpi in the Chasing the Sun documentary, when Rassie Erasmus was unable to contain his emotion while recounting his tale of tragedy and triumph
Ryobi produce groundbreaking Map1mp1 film

“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,” Ryobi CEO John Stevens said.

“Map1mp1 is a celebration of the grit, determination and hustle associated with being South African and we are so proud to see it flighting after the nearly 18 months of work that has been invested in it by our partners Retroactive and 10th Street.”

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.
A hero’s journey

The documentary’s director (of Dinner at Somizi’s fame), Bongani Morgan says: “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, and Thando Manana to name a few.

“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.”

Map1mp1 premieres on SuperSport Grandstand (201) and Rugby (211) 15 July 2021 at 20:00.