‘A’ pupil needs funding

2016-01-07 10:15
Sylvester Dlamini with her son Mfanelo.

Sylvester Dlamini with her son Mfanelo. (Jonathan Erasmus, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A South Coast teenager who attended a deep rural school and achieved good matric results is concerned his future may be in jeopardy, because of his family’s financial position.

Mfanelo Dlamini (17) obtained three As, including in physical science, as well as three B symbols.

“I could have done better in science had our school had a laboratory. I had no option but to learn the subject purely on theory,” said the bright young man.

His love for science is evident as he explained that it is the “subject of life”.

“Everything in this world revolves around science, from buildings to vehicles in motion. It is my favourite subject and from which I want to build the foundations of my future,” said Mfanelo, who studied at Gabangezwe High School in the Nqabeni area on the South Coast.

However, his mother Sylvester Dlamini said her son’s dreams of studying further will never materialise without assistance.

“I took today off from my work as a security guard to join him. Missing a day of work means I forgo a day’s pay, but it was worth it as this is a highlight in his life and I wanted to share it with him,” she said.

The single mom, whose job demands she works 12-hour shifts at a well-known Durban mall, said accessing information on bursaries and financial assistance options was a challenge.

“There are no libraries in Nqabeni. It is a deep rural area and the taxi fare to the nearest library is R15 one way. Now that he has finished school, I hope to bring him to Durban to live with me. At least that will reduce my expenses and make some extra money available, which will help,” she said.

Mfanelo said he had applied to the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study dental therapy, medicine, dietetics or chemical engineering — all of which speak to his love of science.

“If I’m accepted into medicine, I want to work in the public sector and help people. I may even specialise in cardiology. If I am accepted into chemical engineering, I would like to produce the chemicals used in school experiments and provide this to the schools so that they can learn this subject by having practical lessons,” he said.

But for now Mfanelo admits that his future is in the balance.

“I must still wait for the university to say whether I have been accepted or not, and then there will be the issue of funding my tuition. I must wait and see,” he said.

Mfanelo had participated in a programme known as “Boot Camp”, where select rural matriculants were taken to Northern KwaZulu-Natal for extra lessons prior to the final exams.

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