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There are 22 weeks left in 2022, so we decided to put together a list of 22 good things that have already happened in South Africa this year!


South Africa (23 February 2022) – There are only 22 weeks left of 2022, and even though our news feeds, timelines and headlines can often make it look like we’re living in the worst of times, this is simply not true.

Just this weekend, Banyana Banyana were crowned Queens of the continent, Nando’s gave us a good loadshedding laugh, and a waiter went viral after breaking out into an impromptu song!

The news is hard, real, and scary and can often make us feel like we’re on the losing side of a long battle, but the truth is that those stories are only one side of the South African coin, and in reality, we have so many things to celebrate. This was the reason that Good Things Guy was launched on the 1st of August 2015… to showcase the good things happening in our beautiful country.

Good Things Guy is dedicated to telling good stories, and we like to share things that inspire. The award-winning platform is one of the leading good news sites in South Africa & has grown from one person with a simple idea to a full team that brings good news to South Africans every day. Our mission has always been to change the national conversation and give South Africans a balance to the news in South Africa.

So we’ve decided to put together a list together of 22 good things that have already happened in South Africa in 2022!

“There is so much good happening now. We can sometimes get overwhelmed with sadness, but I believe that the way we see the world depends on how we look at it. So what if we changed our perspective?”

Check out the list below.

22 Good Things That Have Happened in 2022!

22. A little girl arguing with her mom, insisting that she is Afrikaans when she can only speak English, made us all laugh!

21. A South African teen won multiple awards at the “Miss Teenager Universe” pageant hosted in Panama.

20. A 13-year-old South African wrote a song to heal the world, which debuted to over 120 million people around the globe!

19. An update to an abandoned baby rescued by a woman in 2018 who is now thriving warmed our hearts!

18. An employee received a “Hero Award” for going the extra mile to help a colleague!

17. Warren Eva and John Black have become the first South Africans to summit the top of K2, the world’s second highest peak!

16. The former ‘train tigers’ that spent over 15 years stuck in a train carriage in Argentina are thriving in their new home in South Africa.

15. A South African under-18 sprinter became the world’s fastest in 100m and 200m!

South African Under-18 Sprinter is The World's Fastest Over 100m And 200m!
Photo Cred: Reg Caldecott | University of Pretoria

14. South Africans found out that an International airline was using Afrikaans questions to validate their nationality… we were angry but then came up with a hilarious list of our own questions!

13. A story about a Mealie Lady and a community raising funds for her retirement captured South Africa’s hearts… but that was just the beginning as Betty just got an even happier ending.

12. The entire Durban High School “Alma Mater” rugby team shaved their heads to show their support for their coach’s girlfriend, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

11. 3 South African restaurants earned spots on the top 100 of the World’s Best Restaurants!

10. Skunk, the puppy who went missing for 3 weeks, was miraculously found!

10. Skunk, the puppy who went missing for 3 weeks, was miraculously found!
Photo Cred: Supplied | Sent to Good Things Guy

9. 18-month-old Mackenzie Friedman got the “All Clear” after her 6-month bone marrow transplant biopsy; Mack is progressing well despite her low immunity.

8. A heroic JMPD Sergeant rescued two little girls from the ledge of a building.

7. The Kiffness went viral with his remix of Bheki Cele and his “shut up” comment.

6. Young South African restaurant owner named on a list of World’s 50 Best 50 Next!

5. A 13-year-old who lost his entire family was taken in by a conservation filmmaker who is looking after and mentoring him.

4. Sazi Bongwe was Head of School at St. John’s College in 2021 and achieved nine distinctions in his final matric exams, with an average of 95.9%… and was accepted to the prestigious Harvard University!

3. The Stellenbosch University Choir celebrated reaching 1 million views for a rendition of The Greatest Showman’s “Never Enough”.

2. A South African ‘rugby player’ who performed a Beyoncé routine on the field with the cheerleaders went viral, and we still cannot get enough of him!

1. Banyana Banyana was crowned African champions after winning the Women’s Africa Cup of Nation!

Queens of the Continent! Banyana Banyana Crowned African Champions!
Photo Cred: Banyana Banyana

And maybe, most importantly… we’re here, and even though we have all faced massive traumas in the last two years, we are getting through this – somehow – and we have 22 weekends to look forward to before the end of 2022.

Yes friends! We are here, we are surviving, and even when it might feel like it’s all bad, there are good things happening all around us.

That’s it. Happy 22. I hope you find some good things today.

Okay. Love you. Bye.

Sources: Various | Good Things Guy | 22 good things
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Brent Lindeque is the founder and editor in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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