uMgungundlovu’s top matrics did not expect to be first

2016-01-07 10:30
uMgungundlovu District’s top five were (from left) Muhammad Patel (Raisethorpe Secondary High) Christiane Rencken (Wartburg Kirchdorf), Devlin Govender (Raisethorpe Secondary High) and Salona Burdhu (Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School).

uMgungundlovu District’s top five were (from left) Muhammad Patel (Raisethorpe Secondary High) Christiane Rencken (Wartburg Kirchdorf), Devlin Govender (Raisethorpe Secondary High) and Salona Burdhu (Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School). (Jonathan Erasmus, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The uMgungundlovu District’s top 2015 matriculant intends delving in the brave new world of mechatronics.

Raisethorpe Secondary High pupil Muhammad Patel received seven distinctions and obtained the highest overall average.

“I had no idea I would be first. My mom was overjoyed,” said the beaming teenager.

Patel is hoping to get into a profession in the mechatronics field.

“It is a mixture of various engineering disciplines and the opportunity beyond this is endless, from robotics to the automotive industry.

“I am hoping a get a bursary and then I will be off to the University of Cape Town (UCT) to begin the course,” he said.

Salona Burdhu, of Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, said she knew she would achieve top marks, but had no idea she would make the district’s top five.

“I will be studying actuarial science at UCT or Stellenbosch. I can’t wait to be able to explore a new part of the country, meet new people and experience different things,” said Burdhu.

Christiane Rencken, of Wartburg Kirchdorf School, said she had almost given her blazer away when she was asked to attend yesterday’s event honouring the top pupils.

“It was a special day [at the ICC]. I enjoyed meeting new people and other matrics of 2015 while being spoilt and recognised by the Education Department for all the work we put in,” she said, Rencken is off to Pretoria University to study foundation teaching.

“It is an area of work where you can have an impact and the bonus is that you get great holidays,” she said.

Devlin Govender, of Raisethorpe Secondary, and Howick High School’s Shaylyn Kalipersad, both of whom were featured in The Witness yesterday, completed the top five.

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