Malebelo Maphutha's dream of becoming a scientist and making the world a better place is finally coming true.
She and Vuyo Funde, another Crawford College, Johannesburg, matriculant, have just joined the best after each notched up seven distinctions in this year's matric examinations.
Vuyo, 18, says he wants to be an actuarial scientist. He admits that attending a private school yielded positive results for him because of the individual attention tailored to his needs.
After a "relatively easy year", the 18-year-old Malebelo says she is happy that she has passed her matric though she had expected it.
"Matric was not that difficult for me, I really had fun," Malebelo says. "What I thought was hard and stressful was Grade 11 - but I got through it."
She says she will now further her studies, which will help her do what she always wanted - become a scientist.
Malebelo says she will be studying towards a BSc in chemistry at Witwatersrand University next year.
Though she was torn between becoming a doctor and a scientist, she says science will broaden her knowledge about many issues of life.
"With a medical certificate I can only know so much but with science I can actually formulate cures and other things," she says with a smile.
She is adamant that someone has to become a scientist to help the many people dying from incurable diseases.
"We cannot really rely on politicians now, can we?" she says precociously.
Malebelo says during the waiting period she was stressful and anxious to see how she had passed because in the September preliminary examinations she got six A symbols and one B.
"I was pretty sure I had passed but the suspense was painful," she says.
The excited Malebelo, who also held the first position in the matric class at her school, says she hopes she has made it into the provincial top 10.
"But it is always the extraordinary people with seven or more distinctions who take those positions."
With her seven distinctions, Malebelo will now have to wait for Gauteng education MEC Angie Motshekga's announcement this afternoon to find out if she is in the top 10.
All Vuyo Funde could say was: "It was a hectic but fun year. I am glad it is over."
l See also pages 4, 5 and 6