Ntando Mahlangu Starts his Impossible

19 March 2019 – Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) recently announced that teenage blade sprinter and Rio 2016 Paralympic silver medallist, Ntando Mahlangu is joining the corporation as brand ambassador for its Start Your Impossible campaign.

The three-year partnership, introduced at the second instalment of Toyota’s State of the Motor Industry (SOMI) address in Johannesburg last month (19 February 2019), will include mobility services, academic support as well as medical care for the 17 year old from Mpumalanga.

Start Your Impossible was created in honor of Toyota’s shift to a mobility company as well as its worldwide partnership with The International Olympic and Paralympic Committees. The campaign marks the corporation’s commitment to support a more inclusive, sustainable environment by creating solutions to mobility barriers that hamper human potential.

Speaking directly to the philosophy of “Mobility for All”, Start Your Impossible highlights real-life mobility stories of athletes, such as Mahlangu, who demonstrate the values of humility, hard work and never giving up.

Mahlangu is one of two South Africans selected to spearhead Start Your Impossible locally. Tyrone Pillay, himself a prosthetic device user and Paralympic bronze medallist, has been part of the project since inception.

“This is a project I strongly believe in, an amazing initiative that can only get bigger and better over time. It spreads the message that nothing is impossible when you believe in yourself, are willing to put in the work, and have access to mobility solutions;  whether it be a car, transport system or prosthesis,” says Pillay.

From undergoing a bilateral through-knee amputation, being fitted with his first prosthetic solution and learning to walk for the first time at the age of ten, to sprinting to a podium finish alongside the world’s best at the age of 14, Mahlangu’s journey is, indeed, remarkable.

Mahlangu and Pillay have been acquainted since 2012 through their mutual affiliation to Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics and its social responsibility initiative, Jumping Kids – a charity that has assisted Mahlangu with his mobility, sport and education requirements until now.

“I think the inclusion of Ntando is important. He is the future of our sport along with many other upcoming youngsters who face similar mobility challenges. We need to show what is possible and Ntando has an amazing story; one which I believe can motivate many children out there,” concludes Pillay.

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Written by: Liezel van Rensburg

Photo credit: International Paralympic Committee / 2018