Khanyolwethu’s top learner wins top honour

2019-01-31 06:21
A delighted Simphiwe Ngewu received an award for excellent achievement across the province for his incredible matric results. He is pictured with provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer and Brian Schreuder (head of the Western Cape Education Department).

A delighted Simphiwe Ngewu received an award for excellent achievement across the province for his incredible matric results. He is pictured with provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer and Brian Schreuder (head of the Western Cape Education Department).

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Simphiwe Ngewu, a matriculant from the Khanyolwethu Secondary School in Lwandle, received an award for excellent achievement for the Western Cape, after amassing an impressive seven distinctions in last year’s National Senior Certificate exams.

His achievement, which included passing five subjects with a score of 90% and more, also won him a Thuthuka Bursary from the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica), to pursue his dream of becoming a chartered accountant.

Shortly after receiving the award Simphiwe was honoured by his school at a special school assembly during which the school named its maths and science laboratory after him (“Lab named after top learner”, City Vision, 17 January). Addressing the assembly, school principal Eric Titipana proudly explained the school was honouring Simphiwe as its first-ever learner to achieve 90% in physical science.

Another Western Cape matriculant recognised by Saica as a shining example of excellence is Ntokozo Genu of Zola Senior Secondary School in Gugulethu, who obtained a bachelor’s pass in last year’s exams and received a special ministerial award at the Western Cape’s 2018 matric results ceremony, for beating the odds in the face of crushing personal challenges.

Saica says these learners’ achievements come as no surprise as both illustrated their aptitude and prowess for maths and accounting when they participated in various academic interventions the institute ran in the province last year.

“One of the reasons Saica runs academic interventions such as the Business Development Games and its provincial development camps is to light a spark in the future business leaders of our country,” explained Robert Zwane, Saica senior executive for national projects.

“Through our Thuthuka Education Upliftment Fund Saica invests countless hours and notable resources to organising and hosting annual academic initiatives such as its development camps, career fairs and our Accounting Olympiad. As a team, we then eagerly await the matric results announcement every year, so that we can track ‘our’ learners’ performance. This year we were extremely proud to discover the minister had honoured Simphiwe and Ntokozo for their outstanding performances in the matric exams.”

Both learners will pursue their love for finance at tertiary level.

Simphiwe will study towards a BCom in Financial Accounting at the University of Cape Town this year and pursue his chartered accountancy dream.

Ntokozo has enrolled at the University of the Western Cape to pursue a BCom degree in Economics.

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