Former president Nelson Mandela once said: "Education is the great engine for personal development." In just over two weeks from today, Grade 12 pupils will be writing their final exams. This may sound a bit far from where we are today but the truth is, the exams are just around the corner. I urge all matrics to make us proud by unleashing their true potential and excelling in these exams. I also urge both teachers and parents to offer their undivided support to these pupils so that they can automatically be self-motivated. To everyone writing Grade 12 exams, I humbly ask you to put everything on hold in pursuit of your goal, which is to do well in the final exams. You need to be committed and study hard if you want to transform your poverty-stricken life. Make use of SABC Education programmes and the study manuals in different newspapers. Success is shy, it won’t come out when you are sitting there watching it. You need to put on your boots and walk like a soldier. Know that by passing your matric exam, you will have taken the first step towards pushing back the frontiers of poverty in our country. Never mind the challenging circumstances at home, the sun sets to rise again. Start now and prepare for your exams, for the world has a habit of making a way for those who know where they are going. And bear in mind that my good wishes will never see the light of the day if you don't work hard. Your success is our pride.
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