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The year ahead

There are a number of important things in the year ahead.  Most importantly
the elections in May.  Before that though there will be the Budget Speech
towards the end of February and the credit rating agencies will decide, once
again, on whether to keep South Africa's rating above junk level.  Those
will all have a huge impact on the Rand and the economy as a whole.

On a less serious note though, there are some great sporting events ahead
for us including the Cricket World Cup which will be held in England and
Wales with the Final in London. That begins on 30 May and ends almost 6
weeks later on 14 July.  Will we finally win a Cricket World Cup?  The Rugby
World Cup, and I have written about Japan and rugby many times, will be held
in Japan this year.  The Japanese are massive rugby fans and absolutely
deserve to hold the World Cup.  The Rugby World Cup kicks off on 20
September with Japan playing Russia and that runs through until the Final on
Saturday, 2 November.  

It will be a tremendously interesting year and those of you who are not
interested in politics or the economy have lots of sport and major events to
focus on!

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Thursday 14-Feb-19 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Prishani  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 01:53 PM
I love a new year! There is so much to look forward to and be hopeful for! Lets hope this will be the year of change for our country and its citizens!

Henrietta  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 12:35 PM
What a year ahead we have. I hope that everyone who can vote will vote, one vote can make a change. If of course we don't have the same bullocks that happened before with vote going missing etc. I am sure my mom will be glued to the TV with the Rugby world cup

Cornelie  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 09:14 AM
I cannot wait for the Rugby world cup to start. Let's see where the votes is taking South Africa. But what a year.

Helen  said:
on Monday 04-Mar-19 01:35 PM
Would be so much fun to travel to Japan to watch Rugby this year! I think that would be one of wishes I have from my bucket list.

Sinead  said:
on Friday 01-Mar-19 03:48 PM
I wonder what the votes will look like this year....... Plot twist?

Funny enough I was watching Cricket one day and it sparks memories of sitting at the Wanderers watching the same T20s which I quite enjoyed. I was never big on sport but that will be very exciting to watch!
As for Rugby, that's more my mom's thing. She can catch me up on all the details. Rugby doesn't interest me thaaaaaaat much.

What a year we've got ahead of us!

Michelle D  said:
on Friday 01-Mar-19 08:24 AM
This is an exceptionally exciting year. It will be very interesting to see what happens with the elections and also what actual policies will follow as soon as all the campaigning is over. I love both cricket and rugby, even if things might not be looking great for our national teams at the moment.

Melissa van Tellingen  said:
on Monday 25-Feb-19 08:34 AM
It's such a big year for South Africa but just thinking of the chaos at the voting stations makes me anxious. But vote we shall vote.

Shristi  said:
on Sunday 24-Feb-19 05:21 PM
This is a very crucial year for South Africa being that its the elections I am rather excited for the Cricket World Cup and will be following it religiously.

Jadine Esterhuizen  said:
on Thursday 21-Feb-19 07:24 AM
Not really fascinated by politics. Am truly excited for the Rugby world cup though. That's one sport SA never disappoints us in.

Daniella  said:
on Wednesday 20-Feb-19 03:26 PM
Voting is always a frustrating time as some people waste their vote by not voting, then there are scandals that arise that ballet boxes go missing. So I think there is a need for big sporting events as a distraction. However lets hope that this time around it is smooth sailing.

Zandelee  said:
on Wednesday 20-Feb-19 12:04 PM
I do hope that everyone votes this year, every vote will trulycount.

Natasha  said:
on Wednesday 20-Feb-19 11:22 AM
Very exciting News just hope the Springboks are ready for this,and that they bring the world cup home.

Joyce  said:
on Tuesday 19-Feb-19 05:03 PM
Sounds like the year ahead is carrying not nice news that SA economy is at risk and interesting news that great sporting events are taking place this year.

Victoria  said:
on Tuesday 19-Feb-19 02:05 PM
There is so much happening this year, it is really going to be an eventful year. No matter if it has to do with sports or politics, i feel it is always really good to know what is going on in your own country.

Thabitha  said:
on Tuesday 19-Feb-19 07:59 AM
When comes to politics and economy we are praying and hoping for the best and we really need lots of entertainments and sports events otherwise we are going to be mad or depressed if we are paying more attention to bad things that are affecting us everyday.

Ashleigh  said:
on Monday 18-Feb-19 03:47 PM
Yes this year is interesting and nerve wrecking at the same time. Elections is nerve wrecking and Rugby will be interesting (nail biting) to watch. I hope our rugby team is going to bring back the gold cup.

Alexis  said:
on Monday 18-Feb-19 03:41 PM
Would rather be interested in politics and the economy to be honest...not a huge sports fan and watch neither of those sports to say the least. I am very interested in what will transpire at the elections this year

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Monday 18-Feb-19 03:29 PM
Let's hope for positive change for the Elections in May.
Excited for the Rugby and Cricket
Really hoping SA can finally win a Cricket World Cup

Brenda Du Toit   said:
on Friday 15-Feb-19 04:49 PM
I hope good things happen for SA Rugby. Good luck SA for the world cup this year.
I hope everything will work out with our elections that is also coming up.We need to stay Positive.

Angelica Canosa  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 05:00 PM
I pray that this year will create positive change. We have a great country with a lot of good and hardworking people. The government and those in power have a responsibility to improve the economy and the well being of ALL South Africans.

Jadine Richards  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 04:52 PM
I cant say I am too optimistic about South Africa's credit rating increasing. Eskom once again manages to shed a negative light on our growth prospects.

courtney  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 02:13 PM
I absolutely love Rugby. I grew up in a house where my Dad and brother always played these sport's. I am not a huge fan of cricket though. Good luck SA with this year's games!
I love the new "Super heroes' Rugby jerseys.

Megan  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 12:57 PM
I don't really follow much of the Rugby or Cricket but we can only wish the best for our Country, at least something we can smile about if we win.

Fikile  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 11:53 AM
It will be interesting to watch. Cricket is a fun sport to watch and i am a huge fan of the cricket and will even watch it at night, rugby not so much but it's also a great sport although people get hurt.

clare  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 11:34 AM
This is a hectic time of the year for this country, well I hope good things happen with the Cricket and Rugby for us the elections is a Stress I hope in General that this country gets a little more Positive

Lucretia  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 10:02 AM
Let us hope the sporting events lift our spirits because the year ahead, politically and economically looks very bleak. With Eskom in a total mess and the constant load shedding we have been experiencing of late, life in South Africa looks a little dark......excuse the Pun.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 09:35 AM
I don't really follow the news or sports to be honest, but it does seem like 2019 might be a big year for South Africa and I might just look at how the cricket goes, thank you for the information about 2019.

brumilde  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 08:52 AM
It's a big year for SA, lets hope something good will come out, we are on the brink of either not caring anymore what happens to SA or hoping for a better future.

Bianca N  said:
on Thursday 14-Feb-19 08:41 AM
Very excited for the rugby world cup this year. Hopefully SA can bring the cup home!

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