Matric: College old boy with six As seeks assistance for UCT course

2009-01-05 00:00

He promised his mother six As for matric and that’s exactly what he gave her.

Lwazi Hlatshwayo (17) of Sobantu, a Martizburg College old boy, aspires to be a nuclear power engineer.

With Albert Einstein as his role model and pleasing his single mother as the basis for his success, it is easy to see why.

However, what stands between him and fulfilling his dream, is money for university.

Lwazi’s mother, Swazi, said her son has been accepted to study electrical engineering at the University of Cape Town, but she is unable to send him there without sponsorship. She works as a data capturer for a Cato Ridge company and also supports her two younger daughters.

She described her son as a hard worker, full of vision and an over achiever since preschool.

“It came to a point where we joked with him that we don’t have any more space for his certificates and awards. But I remember when we were looking through last year’s matric results in the paper, Lwazi looked at me and said ‘Mom you won’t have to leaf through newspapers for my name like this because The Witness will profile me for my good performance’.”

Even though this did not happen, she said she is still pleased about her son’s performance, as it was more than she had bargained for.

Lwazi said although he will be studying towards electrical engineering, his ultimate passion is for nuclear science.

One of the reasons for this, he said, was the fact that it is every scientist’s dream to create perpetual energy, which he described as everlasting energy and a solution to the current energy crisis.

“When I was younger, I played and loved basketball. Even though I was good at it, I saw a brighter potential and future in my academics. Seeing all the sacrifices and the suffering my mother went through, like working overtimes, in order to send me to the best school and ensure that I had everything in life, I had to do right by her. That was my driving force.”

And Lwazi believes that the tears and shouts of joy from his mother, “his best friend”, was all the reward he needed.

Unlike many youngsters who plan to work overseas after their studies, Lwazi plans on staying right here where he hopes to bring about change through working in the field of energy supply.

And his advice is: it doesn’t matter what background you come from, if you have a dream, you can live it.

Any assistance can be directed to Swazi on 078 071 6157.

sphumem@witness.co.za

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