How awake were you in 2011?

2011-12-23 10:20

How well do you recall the events of the past year?

Test your knowledge of what happened in South Africa and abroad with this selection of questions from City Press reporters.

1. Why did Bafana Bafana fail to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations?

2. Which north African leader was killed because of the revolution in his own country after a 42-year rule?

3. Which ANC stalwart died in 2011 at the age of 92?

4. Who is the youngest Member of Parliament, and how old was he when he was sworn in?

5. What bid is South Africa and Africa hoping to win in early 2012 that will put the continent at the ­forefront of astronomy research?

6. Who is the police spy boss who has been charged with the 1993 murder of Oupa Ramogibe?

7. Sir Percy Fitzpatrick wrote a famous South African novel in 1907 that was turned into a locally produced animated film this year. What is the book called?

8. Which African head of government was married for 12 days?

9. Other than winning a silver medal at the 2011 IAAF World Championships, what else did the SA 4x400m relay team achieve at the Daegu, South Korea, event?

10. For how long were ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu suspended, respectively, from the ANC?

11. Which African head of government was one of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners?

12 . Which international spiritual leader was denied a visa to visit South Africa?

13. What do Bram Fischer, Hansie Cronje, Ryk ­Neethling and Steve Hofmeyr have in common?

14. How long did Zola Majavu last as the Premier Soccer League CEO?

15. Which two ministers were fired in President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle?

16. Which movie franchise, featuring a trio of ­teenage wizards, came to a close this year, and what was the final film called?

17. In the hate speech case against Julius Malema, which senior ANC leader coined the phrase ­“Malemaphobia”?

18. Which African country was the first to experience the “Arab Spring”, and which dictator was deposed by it?

19. How much did Orlando Pirates earn from winning four Cups in 2011?

20. What is the name of the Norwegian gunman who went on a bombing and shooting rampage in July, the worst that country has seen since the second world war?

21. Which top law enforcement civil servant lasted for only 17 days in his job?

22. What is the economic and monetary union of the European Union member states called?

23. Which Benoni beauty and former South African Olympic swimming champion became a princess when she married Prince Albert of Monaco on July?1?

24. In 2006 a famous Broadway musical was made into a film starring Beyoncé Knowles and Eddie ­Murphy. This year it featured on local stages, but was forced to close early. What is the name of the musical?

25. Which political party was formed as a result of the split in the IFP?

26. What farm animal did ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema compare the ANC to?

27. How many test matches did fast bowler Dale Steyn require to take 250 test wickets?

28. How long is the prison sentence former police commissioner Jackie Selebi has recently started ­serving?

29. Which struggle veteran posthumously published a memoir, and what is its title?

30. Which city will play host to the 2012 Olympic Games to be held between July 27 and August 12 next year?

31. This year Tyler Perry made a film adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s famous play. What was the film called?

32. What was the ANC’s slogan for the 2011 local government election campaign?

33. Eddard Stark loses his head in the brilliant Emmy Award-winning TV series Game of Thrones. What is the name of the actor who plays the role?

34. Which former minister was found to have used government funds to visit his girlfriend in a Swiss jail?

35. Which political party successfully challenged President Jacob Zuma’s appointment of chief ­prosecutor Menzi Simelane?

36. Who did Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale ­appoint to head the government’s ministerial ­sanitation task team?

37. Which South African research ship embarked on its final voyage to Antarctica on December 8?

38. Who is the new chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, and who did she replace?

39. Which retired judge chaired a commission of inquiry into the cricket bonuses saga?

40. Which opposition party leader was called a tea girl by Julius Malema?

41. What is the name of the Japanese nuclear power plant that was severely damaged when an ­earthquake and tsunami struck off that country’s coast in March this year?

42. Which film, expected to be released in 2012, boasts the superhero talents of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo?

43. Businessman Hugh Glenister won a ­Constitutional Court challenge against President Jacob Zuma over which issue?

44. Which provincial premier admitted to calling in a ghostbuster to check for spooks in the official ­residence?

45. Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir was charged with fraud this year after allegedly defrauding his medical aid. What disease did he claim to be suffering from?

46. Which struggle stalwart did President Jacob ­Zuma appoint as his spokesperson this year?

47. Which Oscar-nominated actress is set to replace Marg Helgenberger on TV’s popular CSI?

48. Which DA MP retired this year after 24 years in Parliament?

49. In which province was Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng born?

50. What was the official cause of singer Amy ­Winehouse’s death?

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