It’s back to school for Oribi’s South Pole explorer

2012-03-20 00:00

BEING the youngest black person to reach the South Pole has inspired Nzuzo Mnikathi (19) to redo all his subjects in matric.

Mnikathi, of Oribi, was an ambassador for the Unlimited Child South Pole Expedition, a fundraiser for underprivileged children, earlier this year.

Although he had a chance to do supplementary exams in physical science and Afrikaans, Mnikathi opted to redo all his subjects with the aim of improving his results.

“Last year I put a lot of pressure on myself in preparation for the exams and I feel that there was too much strain. As a result I ended up not getting enough rest.”

Mnikathi said the Unlimited Child gave him enough time to study, but he was not as focused as he would have wanted to be. “The Unlimited Child has provided a full bursary for my eduction in Icesa where I am currently doing my grade 12,” he said.

Mnikathi believes that this is a second chance to right the wrongs of last year.

“Being an ambassador for the Unlimited Child has changed my whole life and it has taught me that when you have a dream you can achieve anything in life.”

The most important lesson he had learnt during the expedition was the importance of being humble. “In life it is all about having a dream, being prepared and being focused because that is when you become responsible about the decisions you take …”

After matric Mnikathi wants to do environmental science: “I want to drive an awareness campaign about the importance of the environment and what people need to do in order to protect it,” he added.

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