It's President Jacob Zuma's last term as South Africa president and a chance to learn from the mistakes of his first five years as head of government. In particular it's an opportunity to salvage his legacy, but so far the signs are far from encouraging.
Our annual report card once again shows few stars in a sea of mediocrity and even incompetence, at a time when South Africans need inspirational leadership, vision and verve.
Some Cabinet ministers have only been in the job for seven months and may yet prove themselves, but with a local government election in 2016 and an ANC succession battle ahead of 2017, it may well be that the affairs of state will come second to personal ambition and the vagaries of the governing party's dynamics.
Report cards compiled by
Phillip de Wet