Mapimpi Sharks vs Ulster

Makazole Mapimpi on the run. Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Backpagepix)

The Makazole Mapimpi ‘story of hope’ to premiere TONIGHT!

A documentary exploring the life and career of Springbok superstar Makazole Mapimpi will be aired on Sunday night.

Mapimpi Sharks vs Ulster

Makazole Mapimpi on the run. Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Backpagepix)

Having documented Kirsten Landman’s journey to become the first African woman to finish Dakar on a motorbike – and a podium finisher, in particular – the next instalment will feature a documentary looking at the ‘won’t quit’ mentality of Bok wing Makazole Mapimpi, and the rich heritage of Eastern Cape rugby, in general.


John Stevens, CEO of 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.”

A complex and nuanced story, is 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.

The documentary’s director (of Dinner at Somizi’s fame), Bongani Morgan adds: “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.

“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.”

The Mapimpi documentary premieres on SuperSport Grandstand (201) on 27 March 2022 at 20:00

From the hills of Twecu to the cityscapes of Port Elizabeth, the documentary will showcase several characters who helped Mapimpi rise out of poverty and became one of the best rugby players in the world.

The film explores how one single moment at the Rugby World Cup in 2019, has the potential to inspire a generation of lost boys and girls in South Africa.

This is a story of hope from a hopeless situation.

Stevens concludes: “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.”


27 March at 20:00. Channels: CSN / RUG / RUGA / VR4


28 March at 00:00 Channels: RUG / RUGA / VR4
28 March at 10:00 Channels: RUG / RUGA
28 March at 12:00 Channels: VR4
28 March at 22:00 Channels: CSN / RUG / RUGA

29 March at 10:00 Channels: RUG / RUGA
29 March at 15:30 Channels: VR4