Top Orange Farm student thanks dad and bae for keeping him focused as he sets off to study nursing

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Sandile Nhlapo (19) bagged four distinctions
Sandile Nhlapo (19) bagged four distinctions

He didn't think he would do so well. In fact, without the help of his father and girlfriend, who kept him focused, he might have not gotten so far.

So he's grateful and still basking in the glory of being a top achiever in the Joburg South district.

Sandile Nhlapo (19), from Orange Farm extension two, still can't believe he got an acknowledgment from the minister of basic education Angie Motshekga.

He received his certificate as one of the top two students in the district. He got four distinctions. 

After he got a message that he is one of the top students who passed their matric year, he thanked his father, Edward Nhlapo, and girlfriend for supporting him and keeping him grounded because he wasn't always a focused student.

“I am so happy, and I am still taking it all in. This is such an overwhelming day, but I am grateful that my father got to witness me going to the podium and receiving the certificate. I am shocked that I even made it because I wasn’t the most focused during all my grades and I made a decision to do better in matric,” he says.

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Sandile was a student at Mphethe Mahlatsi in Orange Farm and his dream of being a nurse is what motivated him to do better. He is planning to study at the University of Johannesburg and he says he saw that discipline breeds better results and wants to continue with the same strategy in university.

“I want to be a nurse so that I can give back to the community. I live next to an old age home, and seeing the nurses there and their dedication to helping the needy inspired me to get to this career path. While doing my research, I realised that there are careers that need you to get full marks because I will be dealing with people’s health.”

His girlfriend, who was in the same class, played a strong role in his success and he says he will always be thankful to her, but his biggest highlight is that his father is happy and proud of him.

“I am out of words, my hard work paid off and I made my father proud. He has seen how my year was. When I looked at him today I could tell that he was proud of me. I appeared on TV. Every child wants to make their parents proud, we live for days like these especially us kids from ekasi like Orange Farm. I am proud and I am getting so much love from my peers it is an amazing thing.”

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