Throw forward: What we’re excited about in 2019


Throw forward: What we’re excited about in 2019

Fallen fuel prices and exciting television are some of the reasons to look forward to next year

Moroetsana Serame and Precious Ngwenya

This has been, by all accounts, a tough year for many people, but things are looking up and 2019 may very well be a year worth looking forward to. A lot happened this year, and we deserve a break and a clean slate to start afresh. Here are a few things we’re hoping to see in 2019.
Fuel prices stabilise
Fuel prices have been killing our budgets, and it’s not only motorists complaining, as people who use public transport are also feeling the heat. Tuesday’s drop in the fuel price was a very welcome treat for the holidays. We hope this means the fuel price will stabilise or, better yet, decrease.
More Moja Love
Moja Love has disrupted reality content in Mzansi. Our TV screens have been dominated by American and British reality shows, and Moja Love has been changing that. Based on what we’ve been getting, we’re looking forward to more local content and more seasons from the current shows. Umndeni and Rea Tsotella have been keeping us on our toes and tuned in. We’re also hoping to figure out why Evodia and Mercy walked out of the reunion of season 1 of the Real Housewives of Johannesburg.
More marvellous inclusivity
We’re looking forward to seeing more of Marvel’s first Muslim superhero, Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan), in 2019. We can’t wait to see her in action, taking on the mantle and wearing her hijab proudly. Khan is Marvel’s first Muslim character to lead her own comic book. Her appearance will follow the Captain Marvel movie due for release in 2019.
Being sexy and knowing it
Rihanna’s SavagexFenty lingerie show this year was something to remember. She featured pregnant models on the runway, which was a revolutionary act to affirm different body types.
This comes at a time when brands such as Victoria Secret have refused to transform, even in the era of movements such as #SaggyBoobsMatter. We look forward to seeing inclusivity and an end to fatphobia, not only on our runways and stores but in our homes too.
Fashion-forward trends
This year has had its fair share of fashion faux pas. From the military green raincoat that terrorised campuses everywhere to the spandex and tights trend that went viral. We’re looking forward to fashion trends that challenge the norm and allow people to embrace who they are freely.
The elections
Political parties have been showing us their true colours, and so far things are not looking good for any of the parties. The president must explain his son’s dealings with Bosasa, and the EFF must prove they’re not connected to the VBS fraud allegations. The DA has to deal with its racism allegations.
With all these problems over their heads, the game is unpredictable, and whatever happens, we hope service delivery will be at the top of the list of priorities.
We do not hold the powers to predict the future, but hopefully, 2019 brings the answers to the questions that went unanswered this year and that we’ll find our pots of gold at the end of a leap year’s rainbow.

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