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Gift Mkhonza, 16, walked away with the best grade 10 pupil award at Ithemba Institute of Technology's first awards evening.
Gift outsmarted 24 pupils at the school in Tladi in Soweto on Thursday. He received awards for English, Afrikaans, Life Orientation, Computer Application Technology, Mechanical Technology, Physical Science and Mathematics.
A delighted Mkhonza said: "Now I can see where I am going in the future and I will not look back."
His proud father, Strike Mkhonza, said: "My son has made our family very proud."
Charmaine Ngwenya, 16, won six awards and was runner-up to Mkhonza.
"I'm one of only six girls in the entire school so there is a lot of competition. You have to work hard and believe in yourself," said Charmaine.
Principal Uzendt Peters commended the pupils' hard work, their competitive spirit and their dedication to their studies.
"These awards show that we have skilled children who will excel in the different industries," said Peters.
Formerly known as Tladi Technical College, Ithemba was launched in January and became the only independent Further Education and Training college for grade 10 to 12 pupils in Gauteng.
Peters said: "There was a need to establish a school that would cater for skills in business and industry and would put pupils in favourable positions for jobs."
Peters said the college prided itself as an engineering college and would include subjects such as graphic engineering and design in its curriculum.
Ithemba enjoys fruitful relationships with industry leaders such as Scania, City Power, Dell, Sowetan and the Energy Sector Education and Training Authorities.
The pupils were encouraged to use the skills that they had gained to enrich their communities and to promote entrepreneurship.
They were encouraged to learn skills that would help the people of Soweto and that will create work for themselves and their communities.
Ithemba's top 10 pupils are:
l Gift Mkhonza
l Charmaine Ngwenya
l Katleho Shomang
l Mmabatho Kekana
l Motsumi Sebatlelo
l Rebecca Phoofolo
l Zolani Tshangela
l Evidence Phoofolo
l Khotso Matekane
l Dustin Khumalo