(7 Feb 2005)
1. Dirt road through Makapanstad village
2. Johannes Monene driving the MMW through village
3. Tight shot side view of car driving
4. Tight shot Johannes at the wheel of the MMW
5. Johannes driving into village
6. Friends gathered around car
7. Cutaway people watching
8. Friend getting into car for ride
9. Close up of exhaust pipe
10. Johannes driving off with passenger, people waving
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Johannes Monenes "This car took...."
12. People admiring car
13. Close up of number plate
14. Johannes opening car bonnet
15. Various of Johhanes working on engine
16. Indicator lights at back of car flashing
17. Close up of gear stick
18. Close up of hand operating electric window control
19. Window going down
20. Wide of Johannes operating electric windows
21. Close up of hand turning switch on
22. Electric hand waving at back of car
23. Various of Johannes in car driving along tarmac road
24. Car entering village, head lights turn on
25. Johannes driving car down road in village
South Africa has come a long way since the end of apartheid just over a decade ago.
But modern technology and higher education remain out of the reach of many black South Africans.
It's a country where resourcefulness mixed with a little technical know-how goes a long way.
The townships of post-apartheid South Africa are producing a generation of innovators with dreams of a better life.
In Makapanstad, north of Pretoria, one young man has built his own car - out of scrap.
A dusty road runs through the village of Makapanstad, 150 kilometres north of South Africa's administrative capital, Pretoria.
Here, incomes are low, unemployment high and university education out of reach for most people.
But that did not stop Johannes Monene from turning his dream into reality.
The 22-year-old wanted to build his own car and now he has - out of junk.
Johannes began collecting scrap metal around his village two years ago, determined to build his car.
The doubters advised him to stop wasting his time.
Today Monene drives around his village in a bright blue handmade car he calls his MMW Z2 -- and everyone wants a ride.
"This car took me two years, almost two years and I had to struggle to make this car because I did not have materials in the first place. I had to look for materials down there around my village, I had to face people to find materials, I had to beg them. And because they are saints they did give me some materials. Some I had to buy with my money and then this is what I did at the end."
The car has been modelled on Johannes favourite vehicle, the BMW - which stands for Bavaria Motor Works.
Monene jokes that his car comes from the Makapanstad Motor Works - MMW.
It has a 1400cc Nissan engine...
...customised indicator lights....
...and manual gear shift.
Johannes even worked out how to install electric windows.
A unique feature is the waving hand he has wired in to the back window.
It's a wonderful example of ingenuity and determination.
Johannes hasn't got the right qualifications for his next dream... the former maths and science student could not afford to go to university.
But he hopes to one day work as a mechanic for BMW.
In the meantime he is planning to put a roof on his car and continues to search the scrapyards near his village for accessories to add to his beloved MMW.
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Looking on his financial status and resources he needs to turn into a nice finished product..Its very hard for him to turn it into a real dream car!.You people cant jude him directly! He have a big dream that he is trying to achieve!!!!! Come on Guys!! he built it out of scrap with shortage of resources!!
But does it pass the emissions control & safety tests,is it infringing on CopyRights.Has permission been given for combining different manufactured parts.Does it pass the sniff test & a 1,000000 other tests & licenses needed to sell it here in the USA.
That looks horrible and seriously no matter where you live or what tools you have it is the person who can create something from nothing . If this guy had the money and tools he would still make the same thing .
That is pure art at its finest. What a truly unique and brilliant rendition of a B.M.W... incredible priceless folk art . Listen ...the last thing you want to do is give him a modern shop. Pay him handsomely for these priceless pieces of art and let him go wild. I personally would like to see him attempt an interpretation of James Bond Aston Martin. Woah!!!
same gibs me dat bullshit all the time. There's always some fagoot like you commenting on these types of videos. "Wow look at this piece of shit i'm pretending is impressive! Just imagine what this genius could achieve if the white man was throwing money at him! Throw your taxes and foreign aid into the 70 IQ black hole of Africa whitey!"
Reminder that sub-saharan blacks couldn't even invent the wheel. I'm not even fucking joking lmao. THE WHEEL
He would probably build the same thing. Tools don't make the man, the man makes the tool.
If you have the skill you can do it no mater what turd you are given.
Do you think someone who can play a $100 guitar can play better with a $1000 guitar?
Do you think someone who can't play at all with a $100 guitar can rock the stadium with at $1000 one?
The point is he didn't build a car he pieced together a car from other cars and still made a pretty poor car. So don't go all crazy and open a GoFundMe account for him any time soon.
Before all you turd sniffers go ape shit about my comment answer this to yourself. Yea he can use a hammer but can he use an english wheel? Can he use a welder? Can he use a planisher? Piss no, Yea he uses a hammer like a hammer but he can't take a leather sack, fill it with sand, and use it with the hammer to shape the sheet metal. OH yes I know you can teach him but who has 15 years to wait for him to develop a skill that is clearly not their.