High five for Ikamva achiever


Mary Wa­ters ma­tric­u­lant Vuy­ol­wethu Zu­mani, from Joza Lo­ca­tion was thrilled to hear that he is one of the topachiev­ing learn­ers in the Sarah Baart­man dis­trict.

De­scribed by his men­tors at Ikamva Youth as goal-driven, in­quis­i­tive and very per­sis­tent, he achieved a Bach­e­lor pass with five dis­tinc­tions - in Maths, Phys­i­cal Sciences, Ge­og­ra­phy, Life Ori­en­ta­tion and Life Sciences.

Zu­mani has strong Chris­tian val­ues which he strives to prac­tice in ev­ery­thing he does.

He lives with his mother, cousin, niece and un­cle. No one in the fam­ily is em­ployed and they rely on the sup­port of his sis­ter, who works out of town.

Zu­mani, joined Ikamva Youth (IY) in 2015, when he was in Grade 11.

“I wasn’t re­ally plan­ning on join­ing IY but from what I heard from my friends, the pro­gramme sounded at­trac­tive,” Zu­mani said.

He says he has ben­e­fited a lot from the in­ter­ac­tions he has had through the pro­gramme and through be­ing able to tu­tor and sup­port other learn­ers.

He is grate­ful for the re­sources pro­vided to him.

The pro­gramme has also al­lowed him to visit places he would not have oth­er­wise been able to af­ford.

Vuy­ol­wethu has been ac­cepted to study to­wards a Bach­e­lor of Sciences De­gree at Rhodes Uni­ver­sity. He will ma­jor in Maths and Sta­tis­tics.

“I am very pas­sion­ate about Maths and Sci­ence and I am look­ing for­ward to ex­plor­ing more in those fields,” he said.

Be­ing from Gra­ham­stown, he has been look­ing for­ward to study­ing at Rhodes, see­ing it as a close-knit en­vi­ron­ment.

Zu­mani’s ad­vice for this year's matrics?

“Sac­ri­fice is key be­cause there’s a lot of dis­trac­tions that will be hap­pen­ing dur­ing the year. You need to stay fo­cused and stick to your books.”

Zu­mani’s chal­lenges have in­cluded a short­age of teach­ers for crit­i­cal sub­jects at his school – a re­al­ity for most schools in the Eastern Cape. Dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour from his peers, such as learn­ers bunk­ing classes, sub­stance abuse and be­ing in­volved in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties also made things dif­fi­cult.

The sit­u­a­tion at home also made it dif­fi­cult to study. The noise lev­els as well as the fam­ily’s un­sta­ble fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion meant he walked 10km to and from school every day. Nompumezo Makinana is the Joza branch co-or­di­na­tor for

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Vuy­ol­wethu Zu­mani

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