PORT Shepstone High’s matric maths wizard, Sinqobile Mashlaba (18), of Southport said it takes a lot of hard work, determination and belief to achieve the best results in matric.
Sinqobile came second in the Ugu District.
He was one of the pupils who was invited to Durban ICC to the ceremony where all the top KZN pupils were recognised for their achievements.
“This is a proud moment for me. When I started Grade 8 I never thought that I would be in this spot,” he said.
Sinqobile said there is no big secret to achieving good results.
“There is no secret, I got 100% in maths, 94% for accounting, geography 90%, science 95%, English 89%, Afrikaans 90% and 89% for life orientation. All it took is working hard consistently and not giving up.
“During the year results may not always go your way and if you are determined and you do not give up you will achieve.
“With my subject choice I kept an open mind as I had three choices of careers I would have liked to go into, but late in my matric, after research, I made my decision.”
Sinqobile will be studying actuarial science at the University of Cape Town.
Sinqobile said he is a bit nervous about studying this subject.
“I am a bit nervous, but I will get the hang of things,” he said.
“Matric is a very short year, you should hit the ground running, from the beginning of the year because you do not want to get left behind.”
He said there is a lot to juggle and this year’s matrics should believe in themselves and have the right support system in place.