South Africa, it’s that time.
Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa is on his way to France where he hopes to win the Webb Ellis trophy for the second together with Bok captain Siya Kolisi and holding the rest of the team up.
Meanwhile, South Africans are hoping that a Bok victory at Stade de France in Paris can mean a holiday on home soil.
And there are few things that South Africans love as much as rugby and holidays.
A laughing Vincent Magwenya, spokesman for Ramaphosa, said Thursday in response to a question from a reporter that Ramaphosa had recently received numerous messages requesting him to declare a national holiday should the Springboks emerge victorious from the Rugby World Cup. step.
“He told me to convey the fact that he was considering the request. But he is definitely looking forward to lifting that Webb Ellis Cup for the second time,” said Magwenya.
According to Magwenya, the president’s program in Paris is still being finalized at this stage. However, it is expected that Ramaphosa will quickly meet with Pres. Emmanuel Macron will meet before visiting the Springboks at their hotel to speak an encouraging word on behalf of the South African nation.
Eskom also announced on Thursday that load shedding will remain suspended until at least Sunday afternoon. South Africans’ lights have been on non-stop for almost a week now.
And load shedding-free weekends are another thing that can never be scorned.
Some are now joking that the Springboks should stay in France after their victory over the All Blacks. “We love them, but the longer they stay there, the longer we don’t load,” one joked.
Yes, South Africans are known for their jokes.
And what else are they known for?
World Cup victories.