Aiming to be a business owner

2015-12-30 10:45
Balvan Rishidaw

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Pietermaritzburg - One of Hilton College’s top achievers, Balvan Rishidaw, received his Independent Examinations Board (IEB) results on Tuesday while holidaying in India.

Rishidaw, of Pietermaritzburg, was ecstatic to learn that he was one of the school’s top achievers, having gained distinctions in accounting, economics, life orientation, mathematics, physical science and visual arts.

“The work load was much harder this year, but I managed it well and was not too stressed. I used all my school holidays to study and I felt really well-prepared for the finals,” he said.

Speaking to The Witness from India, where he is on holiday with his family, Rishidaw said that he had treated this year “like every other year” and made sure he did not allow the hype to catch up with him.

“I really didn’t make it a big thing. Yes, it is matric and it is our final examination for school, but I played it cool and managed it,” he said.

Rishidaw has already been accepted to study Business Science at the University of Cape Town next year and said he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and own a business some day.

“My dad runs a business in the footwear industry and I see myself running my own business in 10 years,” he said.

Rishidaw advised future matriculants to continuously make notes throughout the year and study hard for the smaller tests.

“Those small tests help you go a long way in the final examinations. If you study really hard for the smaller tests, it will make life during the final examinations much easier,” he said.

Rishidaw said having an excellent support structure had helped in his success.

“My teachers always gave us the extra time when we needed it and my parents did all the running around with me when it came to my art projects.”

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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