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Nkululeko Mzulwini earned distinctions in all seven of his matric subjects this year - but the brilliant 17-year-old from KwaZulu-Natal still faces a bleak future.
Mzulwini, of Adams College, Amanzimtoti, has no father and was raised by his grandmother.
His family's financial circumstances do not allow him to pursue his ambition - a bachelor of science degree.
His father died when he was three months old and his granny, Agnes Thuleleni Mzulwini, raised him with the cash she earned by doing odd jobs and as a domestic.
"I want to thank my granny for raising me and looking after me," he said yesterday.
"I passed my matric today because of her and I will always honour her for that."
Mzulwini said he wanted to pursue his studies and earn enough money to buy his gran a house and a small car.
But as things stand her pension will not cover the costs of a tertiary education.
Mzulwini attributes his success to hard work and having good teachers at his school.
Granny Mzulwini could not hold back her joy when her grandson was named Student of the Year at Adams College.
" I had to carry him on my back while I worked in kitchens and gardens," she recalled. "I'm so proud of him."
Adams College principal Thulani Khumalo said: "Mzulwini is the type of a boy who helps elderly people carry things - something you hardly find these days."