Hard work, support paves way to success

2018-01-17 06:01
Bonolo Makane with her proud parents, Xoliswa and Jonas Makane, at the 2017 provincial matric awards ceremony held on Friday, 5 January.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Bonolo Makane with her proud parents, Xoliswa and Jonas Makane, at the 2017 provincial matric awards ceremony held on Friday, 5 January.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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After achieving seven distinctions in her matric exams, it is all systems go for Bonolo Makane. This learner of the Kimberley Girls’ High School will soon start her studies in medicine at the University of the Free State.

With her distinctions in English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Life Orientation, Accounting, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, she is the pride and joy of her parents.

She was among the 20 matriculants to attend the provincial matric awards ceremony hosted by Premier Sylvia Lucas and Martha Bartlett, the MEC for Education, on Friday, 5 January.

“I already sorted out my whole application process last year, so now I am just relaxing and waiting to start my tertiary studies and work as hard as I can,” says Bonolo.

She believes strong support from family is key. Her older sister, who is about to complete her BCom degree in nursing at the University of Pretoria, was also a big source of inspiration.

Her parents, Xoliswa, a nurse at the Kimberley Hospital, and Jonas, a captain in the South African Police Service, were her pillars of strength.

“They were always more than willing to support my needs in education.”

Working in medicine has always been Bonolo’s dream and she cannot see herself doing anything else.According to her, she does not see herself doing anything else apart from medicine.

“I believe that my career decision was made simply by growing up with and reading my mother’s medical books.”
that she was attending, the proud matriculant referred her gratitude to her teachers who were always there for her.

Bonolo urges her peers to learn the rules of respect, discipline and focus, as they come with great rewards.

“Study hard and smart and never be afraid to fail in something. If you do, just stand up, dust yourself off and continue on your journey towards succeeding.”You will just stand up and dust yourself off towards continuing your journey towards succeeding.


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