2019 has truly been an incredible year for South Africa. We saw the Glory of God shine in our nation as we rose above adversities and saw countless victories for South Africa on a global scale. South Africa truly is a blessed nation and these are just a few of the highlights we experienced during this year of God’s Glory.
Zozi Tunzi, Miss Universe
On Sunday the 8th of December, we saw our very own Zozibini Tunzi crowed as the 68th Miss Universe in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Zozi is the third South Africa’s to win Miss Universe after Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017 and Margaret Gardiner in 1978.
Springbok Rugby World Cup Champions
This years Rugby World Cup was an achievement of note for our nation. Our Springbok boys came out as the victors in a 32-12 victory over England on the 2nd of November. This victory not only secured us our third world cup trophy, but also saw our team ranked on top of the World Rugby Men’s Ranking for the first time since 2009.
Blitzbok Dubai Sevens Champions
Not only did our Springbok rugby team win their world cup, but our Blitzbok seven’s rugby team also took the victory at the Dubai Sevens Championship on the 7th of December. After a fairly unsuccessful season last year, our boys rose to the occasion and fought their way into an astounding 15-0 victory over New Zealand.
World Para Athletics Championships
This year we saw a total of 11 medals being won for South Africa in Dubai at the World Para Athletics Championships, with 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 7 bronze. Not only did our very own Anrune Weyers take the first gold medal for South Africa at this championship in the 400m, but also claimed a silver in the 200m and a bronze in the 100m.
Africa Netball Cup Champions
We saw our Protea ladies take the trophy as our South African netball team were crowned the 2019 Africa Netball Cup champions. We faced off against Zambia on the 23rd of October 2019 at the Bellville Veledrome in Cape Town and came out the victors with a final score of 72-53 as our sixth consecutive win in this years tournament.
Caitlin Rooskrantz, Gold Medalist in Gymnastics
This year we saw history being made as 17 year old Caitlin Rooskrantz won our very first gold medal at an international gymnastics competition in the FIG Challenge Cup in Szombathely, Hungary. Cailtin won her gold medal in the uneven bars, ahead of competitors from Britain and Spain.
Phumelela Mapukata, Mr Deaf World
Mr and Miss Deaf World was hosted in Mpumulanga, South Africa on the 19th of July. 20 contestants from 11 different countries competed for the title and we saw our very own Phumelela Mapukata, Mr Deaf World South Africa, take home the title of Mr Deaf World while Miss Deaf World South Africa, Lethiwe Ntaka, was crowned as the first runner up for Miss Deaf World.
Trevor Noah Grammy Nomination
On the 20th of November we saw our very own Trevor Noah receive a nomination for a Grammy award in the category of Best Comedy Album. This marks the first ever South African Comedian to be nominated for a Grammy award.
These are only a few of the highlights we as a nation saw in this year of God’s Glory.
God Bless South Africa !