Tapiwa Mafura joined the Toyota Cheetahs in November 2018 after representing the Leopards in the Currie Cup First Division. The Zimbabwean-born utility back was a star player for the North West University Pukke in the Varsity Cup, and it 2018, along with Cheetahs teammate, Walt Steenkamp, was named as one of the five best players of the tournament.
The lighting fast outside back was named in the Cheetahs Guinness Pro14 tour of Ireland and Wales in February 2019, for matches against Connacht, Scarlets and Leinster. He however missed the majority of the tour as visa issues prevented him from boarding the flight to Europe with his teammates. He was finally able link up with the squad for the final match against Leinster in Dublin.
He was an outstanding performer for the Toyota Free State XV in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, and also scored a hat-trick of tries against the Border Bulldogs.