Advice for matrics
It is that time of the year when matriculants bid schooling farewell and prepare for adulthood.
Many are getting ready for tertiary education while others hope to join the workforce.
But for now, the country's matric finalists are united in celebrating the end of 12 years behind the desk.
It is no different for Mpumalanga matriculants who have held functions, known globally as matric dances, over the past weekend.
Bushbuckridge Senior Secondary School was among those that splashed out on ritzy functions.
Dressed to the nines, they danced the night away at Hazyview Hotel on Friday.
Earlier, addressing students, school governing body secretary Cherres Ngobe told the Class of 2007 that he hoped they will produce good results at the end of the year.
"It is all up to you guys to make us proud by producing good results, despite the disruptions caused by the public servants wage strike that took place in June," said Ngobe.
School principal Mission Mohlala said he wished to see the pupils taking care of themselves when they no longer lived under their parent's roof next year.
He said many young people who went to universities and other institutions of higher education behaved irresponsibly because their parents were not there to see how they conducted themselves.
"My wish is that you should not take the opportunity of being away from home as an invitation to start drinking and indulging in drugs and prostitution.
"You will be at those institutions for education and not for all that nonsense. We love you, so please represent us well," said Mohlala.
Steven Molakeng, a presenter of Gospel Gold on SABC 1 also graced the function.
"Seek God first in all you do if you really want to succeed in life," Molakeng said.
Masana and Mabarhule high schools had a similar but joint function at Mthunzi Lodge, also in Hazyview.