Life story

Makazole Mapimpi documentary ‘will serve as his life story’ – director Bongani Morgan

  • MAP1MP1a documentary retracing the life of Springbok winger Makazole Mapimpi will hit screens at the end of the month.
  • It traces Mapimpi’s upbringing from the Tsholomqa campaign to his well-documented rugby exploits.
  • It will air on SuperSport’s rugby and grandstand channels at 8:00 p.m. on March 27.

An in-depth documentary on the life of Springbok and Sharks Wing Makazole Mapimpi should hit screens at the end of the month.

Mapimpi made World Cup history in 2019 by becoming the first South African to score a try for the Springboks in a final. From there, his story improves on the pitch: he has scored a try against every team he has played against at international level.

Now, after an initial delay, MAP1MP1 is ready for the world.

After Rassie Erasmus broke down recounting his star winger ‘having no one’ on the eve of the World Cup final, it was very clear he (Mapimpi) needed his own production for his story remarkable.

The Springbok jersey has been designed in a way that allows players to have images (whether of fans or family members) inserted as a collage over the number on their back.

Mapimpi, a sobbing Erasmus relayed in the documentary, “only had photos of him”.

The 31-year-old, who lost his mother, older brother and sister before rising to prominence as a rugby player, told his coach he didn’t have a picture of anyone to emblazon there .

“He doesn’t play for one thing…he just has a massive heart.”

READ | Rassie bursts into tears remembering Mapimpi’s difficult upbringing

Now MAP1MP1 director Bongani Morgan has brought Mapimpi’s story to life and lends “a canvas for the Springbok story”.

And while he remains the centerpiece of the story, there are other gems to seek out, Morgan said.

It’s a story for everyone, from “rugby fanboys who like to analyze stories, to the ordinary person who can watch a good story about hopes and dreams…a story that is very true,” said Morgan.

“The story begins with his family…we made the journey to Twecu (part of the Tsholomqa countryside, just outside east London) and it was important to have the tone of where he comes from.”

What this trip has offered to history are some great contributions from teachers and coaches.

“Our intention is to serve the story of his life and understand the major themes that emerge from his story,” Morgan added.

The late isiXhosa commentator Kaunda Ntunja, who gave us the famous ‘bubbly’ turn of phrase, had this to say about Mapimpi’s try in the final against England: “It’s the first try we’ve ever scored in the World Cup final and scored, perhaps by the player who emerged from the most hopeless situation in the history of Springbok rugby”.

MAP1MP1 is set for release on March 27, on SuperSport Rugby and SuperSport Grandstand.

Watch the trailer below:


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