SOUTH AFRICA’S YOUTH REACH FOR THE stars

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In this Youth Month, City Press is pic­ture-pro­fil­ing young peo­ple who have ex­celled in their fields or are head­ing for the stars ... one of them al­most lit­er­ally. We fea­ture pupils at the Mbilwi Sec­ondary School in Lim­popo, the ru­ral school that has been pro­duc­ing maths and science dis­tinc­tions for years. We also cap­ture a young, self-taught fe­male body builder. Also on our radar is the youngest doc­tor in SA – who made history by qual­i­fy­ing at the age of 20 – and a part-time DJ who is about to be­come the first black South African in space

PHOTO: TEBOGO LETSIE PHOTO: EL­IZ­A­BETH SE­JAKE

BRIL­LIANT MIND Sandile Kub­heka made history when he qual­i­fied from the Univer­sity of KwaZulu-Natal as the youngest doc­tor in SA at the age of 20. He now works as a sur­geon at Grey’s Hos­pi­tal in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

KICK­ING OFF Ja­nine van Wyk, cap­tain of the SA women’s football team Banyana Banyana. Although not as highly pro­filed as their male coun­ter­parts, the team have notched up sev­eral achieve­ments but missed out on play­ing in the Fifa Women’s World Cup this year

MUS­CLE WOMAN Lee Binks (27) is a fe­male body builder and fit­ness en­thu­si­ast. She com­peted in the Nabba Jozi Clas­sic last year and came third. Binks has since won many ti­tles and is now a fit­ness am­bas­sador

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

SPACE COW­BOY Mandla Maseko (26) is the only SA ‘fu­ture as­tro­naut’ among a group of 23 young peo­ple from around world who will spend an hour in space this year. The part-time DJ en­tered the Axe Apollo Space Academy com­pe­ti­tion in 2013 to win this hon­our. He is proud to be the first black South African to go into space and as­pires to walk on the moon and plant an SA flag there to in­spire other young Afro­nauts

PHOTO: LUCKY NXUMALO

WHIZZ KIDS The Mbilwi Sec­ondary School at Sibasa in the Vhembe dis­trict of Lim­popo is a ma­jor suc­cess story. The ru­ral school has been pro­duc­ing out­stand­ing re­sults in maths and science and most of its ma­tric­u­lants have gone on to ex­cel at univer­sity. Here, a few of the pupils are walk­ing to school with some of the lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment they rou­tinely use

PHOTO: TEBOGO LETSIE

MASKANDI MAGIC Maskandi artist David Jenk­ins, also known as Qadasi, says he de­vel­oped a pas­sion for Zulu mu­sic and cul­ture at a young age while grow­ing up in Em­pan­geni, in the heart of Zu­l­u­land. Qadasi has been nom­i­nated for an SA Mu­sic Award and was twice nom­i­nated in the SA Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Achieve­ment Awards

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