Harry Gwala top pupil gets study funds

2016-01-29 06:00

“YOUR current circumstances should never be allowed to define your future or limit your dreams,” said Harry Gwala District Municipality mayor Councillor Mluleki Ndobe at a function in Ixopo to award the district’s top achievers in the 2015 matric exams.

Ndobe was referring to the unfortunate circumstances in which the district’s top pupil, Sifiso­ Ngqolosi, had to overcome, and still achieve what he did. Sifiso got seven distinctions in Mathematics, Physical Science, Geography, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, isiXhosa and English.

The former Clydesdale Senior Secondary in Umzimkhulu pupil was brought up by relatives after his mother died. Thereafter his father suffered mental problems.

“I thank my grandmother for the support she has given me, from making sure there is food for me when I get back from school to always being there when I need her,” said Sifiso.

He said anyone can achieve outstanding results if they put their mind to it.

“Dedication is paramount. If you set your mind to getting the best results you can achieve anything.”

He said setting aside time to study until he understood everything is one of the reasons he got the best marks in the district.

Clydesdale principal GF Gaxa said the school is proud and humbled by Sifiso’s achievements.

“He joined the school at Grade 10 and stood out from the beginning. He has also been very instrumental in helping other pupils with their studies. We are extremely proud of this boy’s achievements and we hope it will inspire others.”

While visiting the school, the Fever witnessed extreme overcrowding in the classrooms, which the principal said the Department of Education know about and needs to address.

“We have an average of 70 pupils per classroom, which makes it almost impossible for teachers to pay one-on-one attention to each pupil. Sifiso rose above these unfortunate circumstances and made it to the top,” said Gaxa.

Ndobe congratulated Sifiso and said the country needs more young people of his calibre.
“Other pupils should take a lesson from this young man and keep in mind that everything is possible,” said the mayor.

Sifiso has been accepted to study mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town and the municipality will fund his studies to the tune of R70 000 per year.

Dedication is
paramount. If you set your mind to getting the best results you can achieve

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