“NOTHING is impossible for me.” That’s the daily phrase for Sanele Mdlalose, among the top performing matrics nationally, from the Dr J.L. Dube High School in kwaMashu, Durban. He was one of the matriculants who yesterday was called to travel to Johannesburg to be part of the celebration of top achievers. Sanele obtained eight distinctions. Last night, there were tears of joy when his name was called at the press conference honouring the achievers. Despite losing his mother when he was 10 and his father the following year, Sanele wanted to achieve greater things in life. He is the only matric pupil from Dr J.L. Dube High School invited by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to celebrate his achievement with other top learners in Johannesburg yesterday. Sanele (17) always knew that passing matric would have a great influence on his future. “I’ve always been proactive in taking the extra measures needed to pass my exams.” This meant that he asked teachers, even those who did not teach him a subject, if he needed something explained. “The attitude of ‘I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it’ was never for me,” he said. Sanele said he wanted to leave a legacy of a positive attitude and be an example for South Africans to have the confidence to reach great heights. “We should take pride as South Africans and understand that there is nothing impossible,” he said. “To be an orphan never set me back because my aunt Gugu Sikhosana has been a pillar of strength,” said Sanele. “Being at this school was not an easy ride for me. It came with a lot of pressure from my teachers, who challenged me to beat the excellent academic performance set by my sister Thembela. She has been an inspiration.” Thembela is currently doing her third year BSc degree in Geological Science at UKZN. Sanele plans to pursue his dream to study for his actuarial science degree at the University of Cape Town.