Cen­tre helps ex-phoenix pupil


RISHERN Naik, 18, is mak­ing waves at UCT thanks to the Ma­fukuzela-gandhi Cir­cuit Man­age­ment Cen­tre (MG-CMC).

The for­mer pupil of Phoenix’s East­bury Sec­ondary School had des­per­ately sought a ca­reer in the med­i­cal field.

The MG-CMC aims to im­prove the lives of pupils at 180 schools in oth­on­gathi, Veru­lam, Phoenix and Inanda.

MG-CMC cel­e­brated a decade of ser­vice last week while Naik, one of many pupils it helped, raced be­tween prac­ti­cal assess­ments with other UCT health sci­ence first-year stu­dents.

Last year, Naik aced ma­tric with seven dis­tinc­tions, in­clud­ing 98% for phys­i­cal sci­ence, ac­count­ing and life sci­ence.

East­bury prin­ci­pal Jayinthee­lall (JK) Ma­haraj said he could not for­get the bright spark be­cause of Naik’s dire cir­cum­stances.

He said: “Naik was raised by his mother and didn’t have the nec­es­sary re­sources to study medicine.”

The young­ster was sin­gled out by the MG-CMC, which helped him raise his grades through their dis­tinc­tion pro­grammes in which tal­ented pupils who can’t af­ford pri­vate tuition are of­fered stream­lined cour­ses by spe­cial­ist teach­ers.

“The MG-CMC was so de­ter­mined to get Rishern to the top that they would call al­most daily to check on his progress,” Ma­haraj said.

The MG-CMC stepped in again when Naik was se­lected to study at UCT, do­nat­ing R40 000 to­wards a fundrais­ing pro­gramme the school ar­ranged to en­sure Naik’s dreams came true.

At its 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, the MG-CMC planned fu­ture pro­grammes to help oth­ers in need.

The cen­tre’s Sthem­biso Lushozi said: “We want to en­sure our chil­dren are taught the skills they need to be suc­cess­ful af­ter school.”

Rishern Naik’s life has taken a turn for the bet­ter thanks to the Ma­fukuzela-gandhi CMC.

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