How Zuma’s cabinet performed this year to #feesmustfall

If there’s one M&G edition you must buy, it’s our bumper end of year newspaper, on shelves from Wednesday December 23 2015.

One of the biggest highlights includes the annual edition of our famous cabinet report cards. Months in the making, the M&G report cards are the most comprehensive snapshot of how Jacob Zuma’s cabinet is performing. We tell you who’s failing and whose slaying – and despite how difficult this year has been, you’ll be surprised which ministers are actually doing a pretty good job.

Every December we also put out a themed edition to capture the mood of the year. This year we felt that “People Power” summed up the year that was: from #feesmustfall to #zumamustfall and the more pertinent question: what must rise?

We get some of South Africa’s hottest and up and coming writers to interrogate the year South Africans put statues and presidents in their place.

The underlying theme of the #Rhodesmustfall protests was decolonisation and we take a look at that too: we may have decolonised Africa but what about decolonising our attitudes towards our food, beauty and hair – and politics?

Sisonke Msimang writes a beautiful ode to her mother, freshly returned to the country post-1994 with dreams of opening a world class African restaurant, only to find the new black elite were not interested in eating African food. Writers like Sipho Hlongwane discuss the difference between freedom and emancipation and posits that decolonisation is ultimately about the imagination. Like Nechame Brodie asks in her interrogation of the broader effects of the student protests, the larger question is: what must rise? This is the question for 2016.

As one Ugandan writer, Gloria Nakajubi, points out: South Africans seem to be unhealthily obsessed with race and identity, something she is not used to in her own African country. Sam Sole, a self-proclaimed grumpy white man, wonders if all the attention given to the decolonisation debate detracts attention from the urgent problem of corruption in the country, and how elites are feasting off the state.

And of course we have all the news you need to know: the EFF also need to #paybackthemoney and aren’t honouring a CCMA ruling in favor of their own former workers, the DA needs to be decolonised, Karyn Maughan questions the media’s coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial and the latest SAA drama so far: Will Pravin Gordhan be the one minister to stand his ground with Dudu Myeni?

Then is the usual end of year edition favourites: a list of the biggest corruption scandals that rocked the country every month this year, our annual quiz, the best music and books of the year and Madam and Eve and Zapiro’s special end of year cartoons.

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