Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse's new hit
Musician passes Matric - 45 years later
AFTER receiving a phone call from his principal telling him to report to school on Friday for his matric results, music maestro Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse said he was both excited and anxious.
His principal at the Peter Lengene Adult Basic Education and Training Centre, which conducts classes at Thaba Jabula High School in Klipspruit, Soweto, was ready with the results after a false alarm Mabuse was subjected to two weeks ago.
Mabuse had tried to collect his results then, only to be disappointed to find out they were not ready.
As he arrived at the school with his manager, Martin Myers, the principal Jappie Masombuka gave him a cheerful welcome.
Masombuka was waiting with Gauteng department of education official Thulani Nkosi, who had come to deliver the statement of results personally to Mabuse.
The 61-year-old Mabuse, who had left school 45 years before he reconsidered enrolling for his matric last year, had passed all six subjects to get a university entrance.
"Just imagine going to school after 45 years. I found that a lot of things had changed in the classroom environment," he said.
He wrote English, history, geography, business economics, accounting, technology and Sesotho.
"I am now looking forward to further my studies. I want to study anthropology, which relates to my music career," he said.
Myres said attending classes did not affect Mabuse's musical career, as he attended once a week.
Masombuka said Mabuse's attendance at the school had a positive effect on the community.
"A lot of people have came to enroll at the school when they saw Sipho coming here," he said.
"They were asking about what he was coming to the school to do. Once they discovered he was doing his matric, they started enrolling."
Mabuse's desire for education follows that of 76-year-old Loindele Malgas of Cape Town, who achieved a level 4 (Grade 9) last year.