Amidst adversity, a viral Rugby World Cup celebration video is taking South Africans on an emotional journey from triumph to resilience, uniting the nation in hope.
Johannesburg, South Africa (27 November 2023) – In the midst of the challenges that have marked the past few years, a fan-made Rugby World Cup celebration video is reminding us all that sport really does unify and perhaps we are truly stronger together.
Starting with the exhilarating victory of the Springboks in 2019, the video captures the infectious “gees” (spirit) that swept across South Africa. However, it skillfully transitions to a reflection of the hardships that followed that win, including loadshedding, the impact of COVID-19, looting, rioting, crime, and poverty.
This emotional rollercoaster is a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by our nation, almost on a daily basis.
The video then takes a turn towards optimism, bringing viewers back to the hope and joy of the Springboks’ 2023 journey to victory. It is a tribute to the resilience of the South African people and the unifying power of sports.
The video has struck a chord with viewers, leaving many in tears.
The emotional impact is palpable, as one commenter on social media aptly described it, “It’s always said RSA is a movie; the Springboks turned it into a real-life fairytale.”
Social media has been flooded with comments expressing gratitude and admiration for the video. One user shared, “This video captures it all… Tears and goosebumps. An absolute privilege to be South African. Best video I’ve seen! Thank you!”
Another comment highlighted the profound impact of the Springboks’ journey, stating, “Absolutely amazing, just brings all the emotions forward for what the Bokke have done for this country. I think all South Africans will back me when I say our blood is green. GO BOKKE.”
Watch it below”
This celebration video is not the creator’s first venture into viral success. In 2019, Paul Gardiner uploaded a similar video to social media, garnering widespread attention and admiration. His ability to encapsulate the highs and lows of South Africa’s recent history and translate them into a message of hope and unity is truly commendable.