With our planet and species facing serious climate challenges, fake news on the rise, our oceans drowning in plastic and natural disasters and wildfires taking off as regularly as SpaceX, we’re going to do our best to wrap up 2018 on a positive note by focusing on three super important things.

  1. The Power of Positivity
  2. Enlightenment and sustainability
  3. Education

This blog post aims to enlighten and inspire South African’s and all Global Citizens to be proactive, positive, informed and enthusiastic when it comes to addressing the issues we’re facing and the future outlook of our nation and planet.

Let’s change our “negative” narrative, celebrate our progress and do more of what’s moving us forward. We need to realise that we can do better, that we need to do better.

Our problems are real but solvable, and our economy, people and planet have potential.

Here are 10 snips from 2018 that we should be proud of and a sneak peek at the exciting future we’re capable of creating.

South Africa:

1. Cape Town Avoiding Day Zero

While the fact that “day zero” was even a possibility is not positive, it’s worth recognizing the dedication and efforts of Cape Town residents in their ability to modify their water usage and adapt to the heavy restrictions. While the main issues surrounding our sanitation and water infrastructure are still being addressed let’s acknowledge the power of our collective efforts and community for their perseverance and seriousness in the midst of the crisis.

2. Tesla Coming to South Africa in 2019

If word of Tesla coming to South Africa in 2019 doesn’t get you excited then I’m not sure what will. The dedicated electric car manufacturer is taking the world by storm with its smart technology, performance, and aesthetics. We are so excited to see EV’s rolling out on South African roads.

Soon you’ll be able to buy a Tesla in South Africa – Here is everything you need to know courtesy of Business Insider

3. Indoor Skydiving in South Africa

Official announcements are still to come but Indoor Skydiving is coming to South Africa! The world of Bodyflight and developing Sport of Indoor Skydiving, which is also very much a modern art form is sparking much interest around the world and is on route to sunny South Africa!

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban –  all prime locations

You can follow this movement in the Bodyflight Hub, Indoor Skydiving Academy. Subscribe for #TunnelTorque here.

Indoor Skydiving Academy.

5. Promising AIDS Research and development

The AIDS epidemic can be ended as a public health threat largely because of hard-working, dedicated South African researchers. A decade of progress has set the stage, and the global community is united behind the goal of ending AIDS by 2030.

Instead of following the guy on Twitter, we’re just going to VOTE and hope for 2019 – The Beginning Of The End Of Corruption

Global AIDS & HIV Statistics – Fact Sheet

4. The end of the Zuma ‘Error’

While the ‘lost decade’ has been detrimental to our growth and economy we are positive that with the right leadership we’ll bounce back stronger than ever. With faith in our business savvy president, we are so excited to see South Africa reach new heights.

Good Stuff From Around The World

7.  Virgin Galactic’s First Space Flight

“Space is a journey with some incredible milestones along the way”

2018 has been one of the most exciting and inspiring years yet because of the incredible hard work and dedication from some remarkable people and their teams. Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, successfully took two people to space and returned them home safely!

A huge congratulations to all involved with this incredible achievement.

VSS Unity, VMS Eve
December 13, 2018
Mojave Air and Space Port
271,268 feet (51.4 miles, 82.7km)

Related: Beautiful Letter Richard Branson Wrote to His Gran Children

Related: Space is For Everyone

Last, but not least.

10. Ethiopia’s First Female President

Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa’s only female head of state.

President Sahle-Work has served as an ambassador for Ethiopia in Senegal and Djibouti. She has also held a number of UN positions, including being head of peace-building in the Central African Republic (CAR).

And that’s a wrap! While there is still much progress to be made, at least we’re heading in the right direction.

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