06 January 2009

2008 in a Nutshell

I think everybody had a very tough and exhausting 2008. It was a rollercoaster ride that made me think of something out of Jumangi ...but alas we made it into 2009 in one piece - maybe not totally commonsensical (nice word hey lol) - but we made and I think that is all that matters.

Here are some of the highlights of 2008:
The year kicked of in the dark ...no really ....remember when "load shedding" literally had us on our knees (feeling our way around our houses). I think this was a premonition of what was in store for us in the year to come.
We started to get the warnings of a global economic meltdown, as America and Europe started to make very disturbing predictions ...which all came true in the end
Closer to home we had the evil twin sister of racism that came in visit. We saw people being tortched alive in the townships as Xenophobia took its toll.
Fuel prices reeked havoc on everybody's personal budgets, and we thought to ourselves what is gonna happen to us...
Tito Mboweni (Governor of the SA Reserve Bank) hiked the repo rate and slapped people who owned cars and homes with a massive interest rate of 12% (meaning we paid 15.5% to the banks)
For the first time the ANC needs to pull up their socks as COPE (Congress of the People) start to take centre stage and announces their intentions to run in the election in 2009
Unemployment in South Africa drops from 31.2% (in March 2003) to 23% - the lowes since 2001.
The 2010 Soccer World cup is due to contribute R55 Billion to the economy of South Africa and in the same breath create 415,000 new jobs
Zakumi, the official mascot for 2010, is announced
The Gautrain starts to take shape and everyone living in Gauteng has seen the development happening right infront of their eyes
President Thabo Mbeki is asked to step down - and President Kgalema Mothlanthe takes over. He wastes no time in replacing the Health Minister with Barbara Hogan (a massive move in the fight agains HIV/AIDS
Helen Zille won World Mayor Award
Natalie du Toit makes history by becoming the first amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games
Cape Town named "Best World City" by the readers of a UK newspaper and the "World's Most Iconic City" by National Geographic America elect their first African American president - Barack Obama

These are only a few of the massive amount of events that took place (or that I can recall of the top of my head). Altough it was a very tough year ... it is these difficult times that make us realise how strong we are as human beings and as a nation. If we survived 2008, we can survive anything.

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