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ENTERTAINMENT 1: Jerusalema – the joyful soundtrack of a painful year

Is there any doubt that if a movie was to be made of 2020 the soundtrack would be Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode’s Jerusalema?

HEROES 2: Auntie Nellie – first of the heroic deaths of our health workers

Nursing sister Petronella Benjamin was known as “Aunty Nellie” to all her colleagues and patients at the Cape Town Reproductive Clinic in the Golden Acre.

ZEROES 2: Donald Trump – the worst President in history

The president has completely neglected his duty to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the US. As it stands, the country has recorded 18 million cases of Covid-19, eight million more than the next most in India.

ENTERTAINMENT 2: Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther is no more

Chadwick Boseman’s passing was so devastating precisely because of the characteristic youthfulness and striking talent which he carried through his short acting career.

HEROES 3: The Black Lives Matter movement – “We can’t breathe”

George Floyd’s last words that “I can’t breathe” were the breaking point for many people already angry at a series of brutal deaths of black people at the hands of police officers in America.

ZEROES 3: Covidpreneurs – Looting while people lay dying

Just as soon as the pandemic hit, friends or business partners of government officials jumped in to make millions from the surge in demand for PPE.

ENTERTAINMENT 3: Nigerian Afrobeats – the African sound that is taking over the world of pop music

Nigerian pop music has had an extraordinarily expansive year. Artists such as Davido, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid and Burna Boy have not only conquered their native Nigeria, but have exploded into the American and British mainstream.

HEROES 4: Zweli Mkhize – The doctor who spoke straight to the people

Doctor Zweli Mkhize has been a revelation this year; a true and competent leader emerging from an ANC that is producing a fair share of incompetent, corrupt and shady characters.

ZEROES 4: Gender based violence – the other pandemic

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared gender based violence the new national disaster facing the country – alongside the Covid-19 pandemic.

ENTERTAINMENT 4: Shudu Musida – the boldness of bald beauty

Shudufhadzo Musida has made history as the first Miss South Africa with a chiskop.

HEROES 5: Cyril Ramaphosa – rising to the challenge of a century

If Cyril Ramaphosa’s star had fallen before Covid, 2020 reminded us of the good things - he's a professional, who takes government seriously.

ZEROES 5: Wildfires and global warming – the other threat to humanity

While 2020 will be looked back upon as the year that the world was brought to its knees by the coronavirus, another threat to humanity loomed large.