Being poor, they doubled their efforts to ‘turn things around’

2011-01-06 00:00

SANELE Mncwabe (17) is living proof of the saying that you must not let your environment determine where you are going, as despite all odds, he achieved seven distinctions.

Sanele, a pupil at Langsyde Combined School in Elandskop, comes from a family of five, with only his mother working as a domestic worker.

Speaking to The Witness about his achievement, he said: “I am overwhelmed as I did not expect to get so many distinctions.

“The situation at home motivated me to work very hard so that I can turn things around.”

His elder brother, Sihle, said that although the family are pleased with his performance, they do not know how he will study further as he has not been able to get financial assistance.

Sanele is hoping to study medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and if he is not able to, he hopes to enrol for studies in dental therapy.

To the next generation of matrics, he said: “When you are in matric there are lots of distractions. You need to pray, stay focused …You must start studying from the beginning of the year; do not expect to catch up towards the end of the year.”

Sharing the same sentiments is Thulani Maduna (17), a pupil at Edendale Technical High School who obtained five distinctions.

“Matric is simple, you just have to focus, know your priorities and assess where you are with them.

“Coming from a poor background is already a motivation itself as you know you must double your efforts, to be a better person,” he said.

Thulani has already been accepted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a B.Com. accounting degree, but also does not have financial aid.

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