Dedication, hard work and perseverance ensured that two female learners from Mbilwi Secondary School in Vhembe district emerge as the province’s top matriculants having accumulated a score of 1 693 each to share first place.
This was revealed during the 2018 provincial National Senior Certificate (NSC) results announcement by Education MEC, Ishmael Kgetjepe at Protea Hotel Ranch Resort on Friday.
Anthel Mavhina and Ndodzo Masithi both obtained seven distinctions and a 100% pass rate in Physical Sciences. Anthel also managed a score of 293 in Life Sciences to be counted among the top performing candidates in Gateway subjects.
Anthel’s results are as follows: Tshivenda Home Language (HL) 90, English First Additional Language (Fal) 86, Mathematics 96, Life Orientation 90, Geography 94, Life Sciences 98 and Physical Sciences 100. Ndodzo scored 90 in Tshivenda HL, 91 English Fal, 97 Mathematics, 95 Life Orientation, 93 Geography, 93 Life Sciences and 100 in Physical Sciences.
During an interview with Polokwane Observer on Monday, they informed that they intended enrolling at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Anthel will tackle the Actuarial Science course while Ndodzo will study Chemical Engineering. At the celebration, the Department of Education rewarded them with laptops, R2 000’s worth of grocery vouchers and two bags each. While they were expecting to acquire 100% in at least four subjects, they were nevertheless delighted to lead the pack.
They are looking forward to their stay in Cape Town as they regard UCT as one of the best universities in the country while they also love the weather there.
Anthel said she chose the course because she likes working with numbers and was confident that she would ace all the modules. She further said she managed to pass Grade 12 with flying colours because of sheer hard work and dedication, adding that the journey had not been easy but her family and educators motivated her to stay focused.
She urged the Class of 2019 to aim for the stars and have self-confidence to excel in their studies.
“One’s family background doesn’t matter. All they should do is to study hard and set goals in order to achieve great things. Nothing is impossible, if I could make it, they also can. I will be flying to Cape Town on 19 January to prepare for the 2019 academic year and I am looking forward to meet new people,” Anthel explained.
Ndodzo explained that the world’s dependence on chemicals influenced her decision to study Chemical Engineering.
She added that studying away from home would teach her to be independent. She emphasised the importance of a study plan and explained that it had helped her a lot although she at one stage thought of giving up.
“I knew that I would obtain seven distinctions that is why I had aimed a bit higher. I wanted to score 100% in at least four subjects but it is unfortunate I couldn’t achieve that. This year’s matrics should bear in mind that Grade 12 is not a walk in the park. They should do their best and become friends with their books. I encourage them to set goals and review them every day to stay motivated and focused,” Ndodzo stated.
She wished the class of 2019 the best of luck and concluded by indicating that she will be leaving for Cape Town on 28 January to start a new chapter of her life.
Story & photo: ENDY SENYATSI