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ZEROES 8: Ace Magashule – ANC’s farce about Ace

Ace Magashule is the biggest political survivor of 2020.

HEROES 9: Jacinda Ardern – the leader who crushed the curve

As leaders across the world failed to prevent the spread of Covid-19, New Zealand quickly became a model for how the virus should be fought.

ZEROES 9: Helen Zille & Julius Malema – the self-defeating opposition

Helen Zille and Julius Malema, the unhappy couple in opposition politics, have earned recognition this year for being so bad at fighting the African National Congress.

SPORTS 9: Letsenbet Gidey – Ethiopia shatters another world record

Many jokes have been made by comedians exaggerating the speed of Ethiopian runners. Letsenbet Gidey’s 5,000m record is no exaggeration, but an exhibit of Ethiopian talent.

ENTERTAINMENT 9: Big Zulu – native tongue rapper from the taxi ranks

It’s not every day that you see a rapper who prides himself on being Zulu or even African. Big Zulu, whose real name is Siyabonga Nene, says he learnt most of what he knows from being a taxi driver in Johannesburg.

COUNTDOWN!

Everyone is excited that 2020 is almost over. For the next 10 weekdays, we're looking back on the Heroes and the Zeroes.

HEROES 10: John Nkengasong – uniting Africa to fight the virus

Dr. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, has been celebrated globally for bringing Africa’s 54 countries into alliance, helping them respond more successfully to the pandemic than many of the world's richer countries.

ZEROES 10: Covid’s aftershocks – job losses, depression, suicide, hunger and divorce

It's all about the second wave now, which is crashing hard. But behind the deaths and the health crisis, 2020 has been about the aftershocks of Covid.

SPORTS 10: Cheslin Kolbe – the unstoppable

Covid took the Springbok rugby world champions off the map in 2020. But the hero of South Africa’s 2019 World Cup win, winger Cheslin Kolbe, continued to score stupendous tries and has been making a huge impact at the French club Toulose.

ENTERTAINMENT 10: The Ikorodu Bois – turning sports cars into wheelbarrows

They're four kids from Nigeria. They've shaken up the entertainment world this year, making fun of some of the world’s biggest stars.

THE SECURITY GUARD WHO GAVE UP HIS LUNCH BREAKS TO GET A MASTER’S DEGREE

Mxolisi Mgolozeli is a security guard who used his lunch hours and gaps between shifts to study. He's ended up with a master’s degree in governance and political transformation.

Veteran Lewandowski outflanks Messi and Ronaldo

For the first time in his career, Robert Lewandowski has won the FIFA Men's Player of the year award. The Bayern Munich striker triumphed over Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo who have dominated over the years