Cape Town - The Springboks' year of woe and misery came to a predictable end with defeat against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
Wales won 27-13 after leading 12-6 at half-time.
Wales scored two tries through hooker Ken Owens and flank Justin Tipuric, while fullback Leigh Halfpenny added five penalties and a conversion.
The Springboks replied with a try by debutant flank Uzair Cassiem, two penalties by starting flyhalf Elton Jantjies and a conversion by replacement No 10, Pat Lambie.
The win was Wales' third ever over the Springboks.
Allister Coetzee's team finished the year with four victories and eight defeats from their 12 Tests, and the first winless end of year tour since 2002.
Whether that 33% win-record in 2016 is enough to save Coetzee from the axe will be decided in the coming months.
15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Gethin Jenkins (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Jamie Roberts
Johan Goosen, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rohan Janse van
Rensburg, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren
Whiteley, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Lood de Jager, 4
Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1
Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Lionel Mapoe