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Stronger Together: Mapimpi’s Story Brought To Life in New Documentary!

Brent Lindeque

Bongani Morgan

From the streets of KwaMoni, Tsholomnqa to Rugby World Cup glory in Japan. A new heartfelt documentary is going to explore the journey of wing sensation Makazole Mapimpi!

– 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.

Mike Sharman, founder of Retroactive, started his relationship with RYOBI about two years ago when they chose to sponsor Kirsten Landman – who eventually became the first African woman to complete the Dakar Rally on a motorbike

“We evolved the brand’s positioning to not just be about power tools, but rather ‘People and Power Tools that Won’t Quit’.

After the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup, we identified Makazole Mapimpi’s story as the next piece in our video series as there were some incredible nuances about Eastern Cape rugby that we wanted to document and share with SA and the world about the remarkable talent that exists in this region of our country.”

The story grew into a 75-minute feature and includes interviews with Thando Manana, Bryan Habana and other familiar faces, expertly interviewed by Sibusiso Mjikeliso – deputy editor, Sport24 – and directed by Dinner at Somizi’s Bongani Morgan.

The premiere flighting of the documentary will be on SuperSport in July to coincide with the British and Irish Lions series.