How Zuma’s cabinet performed this year to #feesmustfall: buy the M&G

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 whose 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 felts 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 decolonization and we take a look at that too: we may have decolonized
Africa but what about decolonizing 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
decolonization debate detract attention away 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 decolonized, 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.

Remember, this is our last issue of the M&G for 2015,
published on 23 December 2015: on a Wednesday instead of the usual Friday. This
issue will be on sale from 23 December to 7 January 2016. If it is not on
shelf, please ask for it as the shop keeper may have removed it from sale early
in error. It is unlikely to have sold out as we have increased the print order
in anticipation of increased demand. We have thus made the newspaper more
widely available than usual to make life as easy as possible for you over the
festive season. The paper will of course be available in all the usual shops
where you are used to finding it but we have also opened new stores in the
major (and not so major) holiday areas so that you can find your favourite
holiday read wherever you may be. If you are in any doubt you will be able to
find the newspaper at all good bookstores, newsagents as well as at major
supermarket chains throughout South Africa.  

The M&G is of course also available digitally. We have a
variety of Android, Apple and desktop editions available and all printed
content is available to active subscribers online as well:

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