College pupils are all about giving back

2014-01-07 00:00

HAVING excelled in their matric exams, Maritzburg College pupils are eager to give back to the country once they have completed their further studies.

Levashen Dhavaraj, one of six pupils to score nine distinctions each, was relieved to learn he had passed, saying he had stressed about the results.

He received As in English, Afrikaans, mathematics, life orientation, accounting, information technology, life science, physical science and maths paper three.

“I studied the conventional way: I started a few weeks before the exams and it was all smooth sailing,” said Dhavaraj.

He plans on giving back to the country through his chosen field of study in medicine.

“Being a doctor is something I’m passionate about, and it runs in my family. Hopefully I’ll be going to the University of Cape Town.”

Andries Hattingh went through lots of practice papers and prepared with his teachers for the exams.

He received distinctions in English, Afrikaans, mathematics, life orientation, accounting, economics, information technology, physical science and maths paper three.

“I will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Pretoria. I would like to give back to my country by becoming an employer and providing jobs,” said Hattingh, adding that he wanted to educate and train people to help build a better life and country for all.

Blake Player did not play around when it came to his final school year.

He received distinctions in English, Afrikaans, mathematics, life orientation, accounting, information technology, life science, physical science and maths paper three.

“You have to apply yourself consistently, and not get distracted or out of control,” said Player.

He will study Accounting at the University of Stellenbosch or Business Science at the University of Cape Town.

He said: “I hope I left College a better place than when I arrived. I would like to make South Africa a better and stronger country by being a role model and showing that it isn’t as bad as people think it is.”

Sikhulile Thenjwayo struggled a little with his trial exams, but worked hard to do better in the finals.

He received distinctions in English, Zulu, mathematics, life orientation, accounting, history, information technology, physical science and maths paper three.

“I started preparing by listening to the past matrics and learning from them,” said Thenjwayo, who was involved in an outreach programme at school that opened his eyes to the state of the country.

“You really have to go out there and grab every opportunity you get in life.” He will be studying Business Science at the University of Cape Town.

Eric van Heeswijk said it was good that his efforts and hard work were rewarded.

He received distinctions in English, Afrikaans, mathematics, life orientation, accounting, economics, life science, physical science and maths paper three.

He will be joining Thenjwayo in the Business Science class at the University of Cape Town.

“When I get my degree, I will use it to start a business and bring success to the community by contributing to it,” said Van Heeswijk.

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