KZN pupils shine bright despite having to dodge criminals and the pandemic

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The five pupils from KwaZulu-Natal schools who were invited to the matric results announcement in Johannesburg on Thursday: (from left) Mlungisi Mgwaba from Siyabonga Secondary School in Illovu, Durban; Phila Mbuyisa from Nsalamanga High School in Ndlondlweni area near Magunzi; Asanda Mdlalose from Bethamoya High School in Nescastle; Mhlengi Shange from Menzi High School in Umlazi; and Lunga Dube from Vryheid Compressive School in Vryheid.
The five pupils from KwaZulu-Natal schools who were invited to the matric results announcement in Johannesburg on Thursday: (from left) Mlungisi Mgwaba from Siyabonga Secondary School in Illovu, Durban; Phila Mbuyisa from Nsalamanga High School in Ndlondlweni area near Magunzi; Asanda Mdlalose from Bethamoya High School in Nescastle; Mhlengi Shange from Menzi High School in Umlazi; and Lunga Dube from Vryheid Compressive School in Vryheid.

Walking home along the streets of Umlazi at night, hoping criminals wouldn’t attack him, was just one of the many challenges one matric pupil faced.

Mhlengi Shange (17), one of the five pupils from KwaZulu-Natal schools who were invited to the national matric results announcement in Johannesburg on Thursday, did not expect to be part of the national matric top achievers, but said he was excited when he received the invite.

Matriculating from Menzi High School in Umlazi, Durban with seven distinctions, Shange said, “I was not always the top pupil at school and that’s one of the reasons why I was overwhelmed.”

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