Poor students show that hard work pays

Winkie Dibakwane

Winkie Dibakwane

Pfanelo Mulokwe, 17, Migingiriko Nkuna, 17, and Fani Baloyi, 18, of Matshediso High School in Meadowlands, achieved distinctions in their matric exams.

The three burnt the midnight oil and literally isolated themselves from everything to concentrate on their studies.

Nkuna shares his two-roomed home at Mzimhlophe Hostel with his parents, Lucky and Norah, and three brothers.

"These are the fruits of hard work,'' he said.

Nkuna obtained distinctions in mathematics and computer application technology.

He studied computer application technology on his own since there was no teacher at the school.

He also got B symbols in English, life sciences and physical science.

He said his ambition was to study to be an actuary - if he gets a bursary.

He said the secret of his success was waking up at 11pm when everybody was asleep to study until 4am.

Mulokwe, of Zone 8 Meadowlands, got distinctions in mathematics and life sciences, and B symbols in physical science, life orientation and English.

She said she benefitted from attending extra lessons.

She lives with her parents Gladys and Albert.

Her father is a machine operator in a Johannesburg factory.

"I want to study computer science or chemical engineering at Wits University next year," Mulokwe said.

Baloyi, whose fees were paid by a single parent, Annah, obtained a distinction in mathematics and Bs in physical science, life orientation and Xitsonga.

He wants to study actuarial sciences or chemistry and molecular sciences at the University of Cape Town if he gets a bursary.

His mother sold fruit and vegetables outside their Meadowlands home to pay his fees.

Baloyi said he always stayed behind at school for two hours every day after school.

"I would study until 11pm, go to sleep and wake up at 4am to study some more before going to school,'' he said.