What do th­ese teens think?

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Tadiwa Tine (13), who is in Grade 8 at Jo­han­nes­burg’s Green­side High School, says her par­ents push her to do well with­out a “pot of gold” wait­ing for her. “My par­ents are study­ing them­selves. My dad is a lec­turer and my mum is a teacher to spe­cial-needs chil­dren, so it’s been in­stilled in me to work hard be­cause I see my par­ents do­ing that,” she says. “But when it comes to do­ing chores, I try to help out when I can, even if I don’t en­joy it. “I re­mem­ber when I was in Grade 6, my dad told me that if I got 80% and above I would get an iPad and he re­ally did get me one. But since then, noth­ing like that has re­ally hap­pened.” Her mother, Mavis, spoke about Tadiwa’s work ethic, adding they don’t need to bribe her to get her home­work done. “You know, she gets a lot of home­work; it’s so un­real. She works un­til 11pm and is usu­ally up at three or four in the morn­ing to carry on with her stud­ies. She is so ded­i­cated and that’s why I don’t force her to do any chores be­cause she has to see to her stud­ies,” she says. “As a par­ent, I would like to pro­vide her with other things be­cause she works so hard, but things are ex­pen­sive and we have other pri­or­i­ties.” Tadiwa’s class­mate, Ayanda Mav­im­bela (13), trav­els to school from Soweto and is usu­ally out of the house by 6am. “I work hard be­cause not every­thing in my fam­ily is free and I know that my ed­u­ca­tion will help me in the fu­ture,” she says. “Some­times my mum will tell me that if I work hard and get high grades, I’ll get a phone or do some­thing with my friends or cousin. So I’m work­ing to­wards get­ting a phone. I don’t feel like it’s a must to get stuff, though, be­cause I have to do things for my own bet­ter­ment.”

– Avan­tika Seeth

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